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Inspirational and evocative not everyday
on 19 October 2010
I love this book. And I loved his first. But this is not a book for cooking everyday food and there is nothing wrong with that. Street food often comprises dishes that are too fiddly to prepare at home, that's why you eat them when you're out. Also, unless you live in SE Asia or are buddies with an exotic food wholesaler, you may struggle to get some of the ingredients to make these dishes. This book is a celebration of the delights, ingredients, drama, bustle and sheer humanity of eating on the streets in Thailand. Reading it took me straight back to Bangkok's Chinatown. The pictures are excellent, the writing evocative and I love that it is coffee table-sized. Read it, immerse yourself and be inspired to cook. Heck, drag it into the kitchen now and again, it's not that heavy. But don't buy it if you want a collection of easy to replicate Thai dishes.