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Bangkok Street Food: Cooking & Traveling in Thailand Paperback – October 16, 2010
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This is not just a book of recipes it is a journey through Bangkok street food culture- a tour-de-force of culinary delights.The author, Tom obviously has a very strong passion for Thailand and it's cuisine which comes through in this remarkable book. With over sixty well researched recipes illustrated with professionally taken photos of Bangkok and it's unique street food culture- Bangkok Street Food is much more than a book just about cooking. It is a document of Bangkok life itself which in it's best takes place on the streets and at street food stalls, small restaurants and markets. With a map of Bangkok indicating where to find the author's favourite places to dine on street food stalls, the visitor can explore Bangkok's back streets and find eateries off the beaten track which have been famous for locals for sometimes generations. Accompanying the recipes and photographs is a narrative of Tom's experiences eating his way around Bangkok from morning until night so detailed the reader can almost smell the fried chillies and prawns in the expertly taken photographs.
Bangkok Street Food is a must buy for anyone visiting Thailand or with an interest in Thailand and it's world famous cuisine..,,
I have used this book myself when in Bangkok and it has led me to discover some true culinary gems! So it's not only a great cookbook, but also a great travel companion for every food lover exploring Bangkok and Thailand!!
It is always depressing to see tourists neglecting local dishes when they are visiting from what clearly is a country with a totally different food culture, such as Americans visiting China or English people visiting India. It is natural to seek solace in what you know, but sadly too many will stick to the known chain takeaway foods, a culturally-sterile international style from many Westernised tourist hotels or maybe, if they are daring, what looks nearest to what they might have had at home.
This book is a different beast. It is both a guide to authentic food that you can find in Thailand (but not WHERE to find it) and it gives you a means to replicate the self-same food at home, whether before or after a holiday (or even during, if you are "self catering"). A deceptively small, firm little book this really does pack in the information without it feeling a burden or hassle to read.
Everything is intwined together. Introductory text and recipes, cultural sensitivities and social commentary, recipes and further exploration. If you don't have this book in front of you it could sound bewildering, a sort of neurotic book, but it isn't. It is quite a refreshing change to see a book organised in this manner as (the reviewer feels anyway) one is more likely to read and digest its contents.
By means of an example, if the section on grilled food is considered.Read more ›
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buy this book for yourself and your friends you will not regret it. the street food is where its at in bangkok and now you can bring that into your own kitchen!Published on September 30, 2013 by Jay Belmont