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Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand Hardcover – 26 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; First Edition edition (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607742888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607742883
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.9 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In this groundbreaking masterwork, Andy Ricker weaves together superb recipes, enlightening cultural narratives, meaningful personal essays, and an incomparable insight into the essence of Thai foodways. But perhaps this book's greatest achievement is the honest, uncompromising way it brings real Thai cookery right into American readers' homes. The bar has been set for ethnic cookbooks going forward."
--Andrew Zimmern

"Everything I know about Thai food I learned from Andy Ricker--how to order it, how to eat it, and now, how to cook it. Pok Pok is destined to be the Thai bible for every adventurous home cook. Part memoir, part cooking manifesto, it beautifully and passionately shows Ricker's no-nonsense approach to one of the world's most exciting cuisines. When my daughters ask why they grew up eating so much khao soi kai, papaya salad, and laap pet isaan at home, I'll tell them they have Andy Ricker--and this book--to thank.
--Andrew Knowlton, restaurant and drink editor, Bon Appétit

"More than a Thai cookbook or even a regional Thai cookbook, this is a book about people: the street and market vendors, home cooks, and restaurant owners who Andy Ricker has met and studied with for over two decades in Thailand. In Pok Pok, Andy shares their stories, skills, and ideas--and his own passion for discovering a cuisine by going door to door. Oh yeah, and he makes some insanely delicious food along the way."
--Francis Lam, writer and judge on Top Chef Masters

"You'd be hard-pressed to find better Thai food than what Andy Ricker is serving at Pok Pok. And now, with his cookbook, we finally get to see the people, places, and experiences that were the inspiration for it all."
--David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku

"This book, as far as I'm concerned, is an argument ender. When Andy says 'make som tam lao like this, ' it's like Jacques Pépin telling you how to make an omelette. The matter is settled. Previously, I would never have even attempted to prepare most of these dishes in my home. I had always felt that Thai food was best left to the experts. But this book has given me hope and confidence."
--Anthony Bourdain

"In his introduction, Ricker makes the modest proclamation that his cooking knowledge is limited when measured against Thailand's vast cuisine. However, this limitation has had no visible effect on his success, given that his eatery, Pok Pok, was recently rated by Bon Appétit as the eighth most important American restaurant. All one really needs to know about Ricker, and this finely detailed cookbook and travelogue, comes at the start of his recipe for fish-sauce wings. Sounding like a gourmand Allen Ginsberg, he writes, "I've spent the better part of the last twenty years roaming around Thailand, cooking and recooking strange soups, beseeching street vendors for stir-fry tips, and trying to figure out how to reproduce obscure Thai products with American ingredients." He spills out his acquired knowledge here across 13 chapters and nearly 100 recipes. Lessons learned along the way include the beauty of blandness as exhibited in his flavor-balanced "bland soup" with glass noodles, and waste not, want not, as showcased in recipes for stewed pork knuckles and grilled pork neck. Ricker's prose, as aided by food writer Goode, is captivating, whether he is discussing America's obsession with sateh, or when profiling characters he's encountered in his travels, such as Mr. Lit, his "chicken mentor" and Sunny, his "go-to guy in Chiang Mai."
--Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

About the Author

ANDY RICKER worked in restaurants all over the world before opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland. He has since gone on to open Whiskey Soda Lounge, Pok Pok Noi, and Sen Yai in Portland, and Pok Pok NY in New York City.

JJ GOODE has co-written several books including Pok Pok with Andy Ricker, April Bloomfield's A Girl and Her Pig, and Morimoto with Masaharu Morimoto.


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