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Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali
Dr. Vivienne Kruger

In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali’s time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island’s intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali’s Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. Containing interviews with Balinese master cooks and over 40 of their favorite recipes, Balinese Food presents the full range of food experiences you will find in Bali. Sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, and resources make Balinese Food a delightful social and cultural guide to the food of this fascinating island. –Amazon

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South East Asian Food 1South East Asian Food
Rosemary Brissenden

Since its first publication in 1970, South East Asian Food has achieved a reputation as the authoritative book on the subject. Elizabeth David listed it among the books every serious cook should possess. This new edition features a completely updated and easy-to-follow design, with beautiful illustrations throughout. The selection of recipes in South East Asian Food will show you the varieties and unique properties of each cuisine, from tangy Thai salads, satisfying Vietnamese soups, aromatic Indonesian curries to exquisite Malaysian sambals. With the help of the author’s clear instructions and knowledge of the local foods, you’ll be able to recreate these delightful, fragrant dishes in your own kitchen. As Rosemary says, ‘With the world full of same-tasting instant approaches to South East Asian food through packets and jars, this book aims to serve as a guide to cooks who wish to enjoy its true freshness and variety by cooking it for themselves. If it also conveys a sense of a rich and diverse set of culinary traditions I shall be more than happy.’ -Hardie Grant Books

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It Rains Fishes 1It Rains Fishes: Legends, Traditions, and the Joys of Thai Cooking
Kasma Loha-unchit

It Rains Fishes won the 1996 Julia Child Cookbook Award as the Best International Cookbook of 1995. More than just a recipe book, it is a book about Thai cooking that shows how food and cooking are a direct means for understanding Thai culture, legends and traditions. Personal and traditional stories interweave with information on all major Thai ingredients. The focus extends beyond blindly following recipes to learning how to use the major flavors to create true “Thai” dishes whether one is following a recipe or not.

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viet-kitchenInto the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors
Andrea Nguyen

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors is an ambitious debut cookbook that chronicles the food traditions of author Andrea Nguyen’s native country. Robustly flavored yet delicate, sophisticated yet simple, the recipes include steamy pho noodle soups infused with the aromas of fresh herbs and lime; rich clay-pot preparations of catfish, chicken, and pork; classic bánh mì sandwiches; and an array of Vietnamese charcuterie. Nguyen helps readers shop for essential ingredients, master core cooking techniques, and prepare and serve satisfying meals, whether for two on a weeknight or 12 on a weekend. -The Ivy Bookshop

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