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Easy Thai Cooking (Good Cook's Collection)
Easy Thai Cooking (Good Cook's Collection)
by Margaret Gore [editor]
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yum yum, 1 Jan. 2004
This cookery book is divided into usual sections such as soups, rice, fish and seafood, chicken, salads and vegetables. As it's attractively laid out with mouth watering photos of the recipes, it's a book which encourages extensive browsing. There's a double page photo of key Thai ingredients and a glossary for novice Thai cooks. The recipes are generally simple and easy to follow with ingredients that should be available in a good supermarket or cosmopolitan high street.

Fasting, Feasting
Fasting, Feasting
by Anita Desai
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another evocative story from Anita Desai, 11 Jun. 2000
This review is from: Fasting, Feasting (Hardcover)
Anita Desai is an excellent story teller in the old-fashioned sense of the word. In Fasting, Feasting she contrasts the cloying suffocation of family life with the distance and lack of communication between its members. At the ends of both parts there's a glimmer of hope for the main protagonists - but it's left to our imagination whether much will change for them.
She centres part 1 on Uma's world, which revolves around her stiffling family in India. In part 2, Arun - Uma's brother, still finds his family influencing his life in the States, where he's been sent to study. While Desai paints sharp contrasts between the worlds of India & the US what unites the two parts of the book is the disfunctional family.
Interestingly, Desai tells the American part of the story, with all its gross excesses, through the eyes of Arun. In previous stories I've read, she has often narrated stories of India through the eyes of Western visitors. A change of 'view' made an interesting departure here.

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