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Down And Out In South East Asia by [Watts, Alex]
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About the Author

Alex Watts is an author and sometime cook, currently eating and writing his way around SE Asia. He has written for TV, radio and national newspapers in the UK, America and Australia. He also writes the blog Chef Sandwich - a journal of his food and travel writing. He was once verbally abused by Tom Cruise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 789 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLHIPFC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read this authors other books and to be honest this one is right up there with them . I loved to hear about his travels.. the way he gives us the recipes.. ( although not too much detail ) was almost like listening to Rick Stein. I felt by the end of the book I had been tagging along with him.. Loved it.
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A good read as I was travelling around Asia, good to take note of the recommended restaurants etc. bit of a ramble in places though, but ok.
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In Down and Out, would be chef Lenny navigates a precarious path in his quest to set up his own restaurant in a place in the sun.

Whilst this travelogue follows the usual backpacker circuit of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, (the standard destinations for those 'doing Asia'), Down and Out stands out in that it takes you well off of the culinary beaten track and the staple dishes that feature in your Lonely Planet guide food section. Your taste buds tingle from the exotic flavours and street foods that Lenny seeks out with sweaty determination, tempting even the most seasoned traveller to want return to take a braver step in their digestive exploration of this part of the world.

But as always, the longer you stay, the more you see and Lenny has his mettle tested in this seemingly exotic idyll by its less attractive underbelly made up of a strange collection of misfits who have long since lost their grasp of reality and in some cases, their moral compass, if they ever had one.
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Down and Out In South Eat Asia is a great read from start to finish. It takes you from the grim reality of 'The Hill' with it's truly bizarre characters to the food markets of Vietnam and Cambodia, where some of the of the best eating is to be found. Finishing the book made me look into a holiday in South East Asia and I might just do it, but I will be giving 'The Hill' a wide berth.
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I loved this book, and it made me slightly ashamed of my own rather pedestrian gustatory experiences in Asia.

This is no hippie-dippie 'how I found myself in Asia' travelogue: Alex shows us the darker, grittier side of life in another world, generously spiced with well-researched helpings of real Vietnamese and Cambodian cooking.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Asian food or travel.
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