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Beginning with a discussion of the Mekong region, its people (a complicated mix, among them the Kai, Akha, and Cham), and their characteristic foods, the book then provides recipes organized by ingredients, dish types, and topics such as "Everyday Dependable," "One-Dish Meals," "Kids Like It," and "Vegetarian Options." This latter style of division helps define and "domesticate" a vast array of cooking, often enjoyed at times and places foreign to Westerners. Chapters devoted to such sweets as Tapioca and Corn Pudding with Coconut Cream, grilled specialties, and fare for adventurous cooks, such as Aromatic Steamed Fish Curry (more painstaking technically, though not truly difficult) further widen the book's scope. Illustrated throughout with 150 color photos and containing a comprehensive ingredient glossary, the book is a definitive point of entry to a mostly unexplored culinary port of call. --Arthur Boehm
I love this cookbook... but when it came in the spine separated from the book.
Overall, it is the single best cookbook that I have purchased in the last few years and I have gotten many good ones.
This book with its beautiful pictures and *make-able* recipes is a great addition to any cook book collection.
I had originally bought this in digital form on kindle. But I just bought it in hardback for a friend who is leaving for another job. She absolutely loves it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by RayH
Wonderful book. Its a travel through real asian food. Very simple recipesPublished 13 days ago by Mariana Rodriguez
This is an incredible cookbook with some of the best recipes I have ever tried making. I’m a decent cook at best and a terrible one at worst, but even I managed to impress some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brannon Patino
Great book, however the packaging was a disaster. I tried to open it in the car and it practically exploded all over the place. Read morePublished 6 months ago by laura Sylvester
This cookbook is the first Asian cookbook I've tried that we've found many many recipes that are interesting, enjoyable and tasty. I am SO glad I stumbled on to this cookbook!Published 7 months ago by Dianna
Easy enough for a novice and satisfying for the most discerning palate. Always a good time and a trusted referencePublished 8 months ago by sara
This is a wonderful cookbook and travelogue. I have to say I'm sorry that the authors got divorced. But I'm glad Naomi is still writing cookbooks. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tamara
My Favorite Cookbook. I received this as a gift several years ago. If you love Asian cuisine and like to cook, this book is a must have! Read morePublished 10 months ago by make beer not bombs
I love a cookbook with a whole lot more than just cooking a little history of the area, and people always appeals to me.Published 10 months ago by annabell jones