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4.2 out of 5 stars


on 7 July 2004
Out of the seven recipes I've tried so far from this exciting book, six have turned out utterly delicious, surprised people I've cooked for and been rewarding in themselves to make. Getting the best out of the recipes here will involve effort to find ingredients such as Thai basil, galangal, candlenuts, but as a believer that a dish is to a great extent as good as the ingredients, it's the trip to Chinatown I'm willing to take.
Best for those able to devour the spicy excesses of Thai, Malay, Indonesia and Indian food, there are representative dishes here from Singapore, Morocco, Nepal, Egypt and Mexico for a total of 9 street food cultures. The writing is culturally enhanced with charming anecdotes from the author's travels, be transported! I can claim first-hand experience of three of the food-cultures chosen, and the dishes I have made have definitely tasted authentic.
The book also contains eight tempting colour photographs of the cuisine and a useful glossary of the most obscure ingredients, including eight varieties of chilli! Vegetarians will be delighted as there are alternatives for some recipes such as Thai red and green curries, as well as tofu dishes, breads and salads. Fish and seafood recipes also feature heavily. I strongly recommend this book as a gift to adventurous cooks, or as a dazzling repetoire of dishes to treat yourself or friends.
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on 13 November 2011
Have had this book a year or so now and have cooked numerous dishes from it and all have turned out superb. Having eaten at food stalls in many of the places described I can vouch for their authenticity. Food stalls are by far the best and the cheapest places to eat in many developing countries. This is where the locals eat and they know best. By far the best eateries have the shortest menus, they cook one or two things really, really well!! Hygiene can be a concern but a food stall that kills off its customers will not last long!! Choose one with a long queue!!
This book is not written by some celebrity chef with a team of researchers and accountants who stand just out of camera shot telling him/her what to do and how but by somebody who loves food and travel and has spent time in the countries he writes about and not in a 5star hotel!!
Sitting outside at a table surrounded by the sights and sounds of the far east and being assailed by hawkers, satay sellers, beer girls and life in general while eating a delicious meal put together without a menu by pointing and describing what it is you want and cooked in front of you by an old guy on a charcoal brazier for a few pence is heaven. Some people would say this is living dangerously but I would say this is LIVING.
Buy the book it is brilliant then go book the flights.
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on 29 December 2013
Not much to it. No really original or unusual recipes and the narrative parts were neither informative nor entertaining. Disappointing.
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on 24 August 2015
Arrived as expected would use again
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on 30 September 2015
worth having a try on every recipe
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on 17 January 2016
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