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An exotic buffet for adventurous food-fans
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.