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The authors are photographers as well as writers, but their greatest skill may be to travel the world at the level of the culture they visit. They seem able to drop away from Western culture and hunker right down with rice vendor or cook, no matter where.
Seductions of Rice opens with all the basics of rice, everything a reader would want to know and then some. Then on to the cultures of rice: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Central Asian, Mediterranean, Senegalese, and North American. Recipes either made from rice or to accompany rice range from Chinese Congee to Thai Green Papaya Salad to Japanese Quick Morning Miso Soup to South Indian Lentil Stew to Cuban Black Beans to Mexican Green Rice.
And in between? The authors fill in all the space between these diverse grains of rice with traveler's tales from the road. It is a luxurious book, a delicious book, a ripe combination of travel and taste. You leave off thinking that the world must be the shape of a rice ball. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Rice has always been my favorite starch. Even as a youngster when my schoolfriends were worshipping piles of mashed potatoes dripping with melted butter, I would rather a mound of... Read morePublished 23 days ago by By CJs Pirate
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. It teaches you the fundamentals of each regional Asian cuisine, which centers around the sort of rice used in the region.Published 5 months ago by Steven Miklovic
These books by Jeffrey Alford and his partner are just so wonderful, they have a number of them out and they all have great recipes and much education information about the areas... Read morePublished 12 months ago by S. Plowman
It is a nice book, but not like their larger books that I enjoyed so much. More like a regular cookbook than travel book.Published 14 months ago by Davis P. Noble
Just a great book........love the authors.........have most everything they have published !.........I have a pile of cookbooks with good rice recipes but you should own this !!Published 14 months ago by mark mckenna
Great information. I never knew there were so many different kinds of rice from so many places. The recipes were good also, and I plan to try some of them.Published 15 months ago by Mattie P. Carter
Hey two books in one! There is not one thing in this book I did not like. The recipes, the pictures and the stories. I refer to this book a lot!Published 18 months ago by Pop corn
What else needs to be said? The book is gorgeous and well-written, as is to be expected from this pair. I bought a copy used, and it arrived quickly and in excellent shape. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marilyn Davidson
Book was advertised as "like new" but cover pages bent and hardened glue all over cover. I kept the book for my own use but would not be able to give it as a gift.Published 23 months ago by Nancy R. Ryan