After having been a fan of "The Food I Love" for several years, I came across "Balance & Harmony: Asian Food" while browsing for yet another Asian cook book. As always Neil Perry does what I think every great writer/chef should do, focus on the technique and ingredients that will help you succeed. And by that measure this book is a stunning success! So much so, I must admit its recipes and ideas are now part of my staple diet.
One of the things I was looking to achieve, before buying this book, was to recreate some of the great soups I experienced while living Thailand for an extended period. And I don't mean your typical Tom Yam Kung or Tom Ka Gai, but rather the excellent poultry and/or meat noodle soups found at the hawker stands. This book delivers the knowledge and tools to build the necessary stocks for this purpose. I'm having another bowl for brunch after finishing this review..