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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Recreating the World's Most Authentic Tastes'., 26 Sep 2007
This review is from: Street Food: Recreating the World's Most Authentic Tastes (Hardcover)
'The sharing of street food really brings the community together. In countries in the Middle East and South East Asia, you will often see family and friends all enjoying street food dishes as a group.
The party may span several generations.
Sharing different dishes of street food makes for a very informal, relaxed type of meal....
Different textures and flavours build a colourful mixture of contrasts - much like the family or friends who are enjoying the meal.....'
...Over 90 delicious dishes, continent-by-continent - the gorgeous food of markets, open-air stalls and cafés and bars.
Menu pages suggest how to mix and match recipes for parties - such as picnics, barbecues and evening drinks....'

'Goi Cuon' (Summer Rolls) adorn the front cover which opens to 224 high quality, shiny pages, split over main sections:-

(1) The World Tour

* India and Sri Lanka
* Southeast Asia
* Latin America and the Caribbean
* Southern Europe
* The Middle East and North Africa

(2) The Menus

* Picnic
* Barbecue
* Leisurely Lunch
* Cosy Night In
* Drinks Party

preceded by a 'Recipe Navigator' (recipes at a glance, organised by type of dish, rather than by country of origin), and ending with a glossary, useful websites and a full index.

Each chapter in the 'World Tour' opens with relevant regional text and is followed by a diary page then the recipes.
Each recipe has a relevant and informative opening note, the titles (foreign and English), the number of servings, the list of ingredients and a clearly laid out, numbered method. The region is also at the bottom of the page.
Colour photography from Lisa Linder, accompanies most - with some on-location shots dotted throughout.

A small taste of the recipes contained within:-

* Potato and Cumin Curry
* Pumpkin Pudding
* Spicy Bean Soup
* Mango, Papaya and Pineapple Salad
* Toasted Pitta Bread Salad
* Creamy Coconut Curry Sauce
* Paper-wrapped Chicken
* Seafood Empanadas
* Chard Soup with Rice and Turmeric
* Salt Cod Croquettes
* Spiced Roasted Almonds
* Lamb Meatballs with Sour Cherry Sauce
* Grilled Spring Onions wrapped in Pancetta
* Marinated Quail with Caper Sauce
* Sweet Fried Ravioli
* Chinese Barbecue Pork
* Spicy Lamb Chops
* Almond and Cardamom Biscuits
* Afghani Flat Bread
* Fresh Peach Salsa
* Yoghurt Cream Cheese Dip
* Banana and Cinnamon Pancakes
* Date Pastries

My favourites to date:-

'Spinach and Walnut Salad', from pages 178/179


'Libyan Pumpkin Dip', from pages 182/183

'Street food is often thought of simply as snacks eaten with fingers, but there are also much more elaborate dishes that constitute a whole meal. When transported into your home, they provide something completely different than the fare found at your average dinner party...........
It is a very relaxed way of dining, as each guest has a bowl or a small plate, and chooses whatever he or she wants........
The meal is not rushed, with breaks between dishes whilst another is prepared, leaving time or chatting.
Your guests will definitely be impressed.'

And they certainly are, each mid-summer's day, when our whole street turns out to enjoy an evening together, each bringing their own food (and drink) to share, some inspired by the recipes in this useful and very different book!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street food, 30 Dec 2009
This review is from: Street Food: Recreating the World's Most Authentic Tastes (Hardcover)
You know when you travel abroad and the native fast food is so flavourful - this is the book to get if you'd like to try and recapture some of those tasty delights.

Easy to follow recipes, sure to enhance your culinary skills. A must buy for anyone who enjoys good food!
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