Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia
Publication Date: October 31, 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Recognizing that the wonderful flavours and tastes of Southeast Asia spill over national borders, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid set out to eat their way through the Mekong region's towns and villages, large and small, collecting recipes, cooking techniques, stories and photographs. Hot Sour Salty Sweet is the glorious result of their travels in the region extending south from China, down through Cambodia to Vietnam and including parts of Laos, Burma and Thailand.
Dishes like Spicy Grilled Beef Salad and Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Fresh Herbs appear side by side with exotic treats like Jungle Curry from North Thailand and Pomelo Salad from Cambodia. There are simple warming soups, easy stir-fries and brilliant hot salsas. And for those with a taste for the sweet, desserts include the delectable Sweet Satin Custard and Bananas in Coconut Cream.
Throughout, the authors offer vivid descriptions of their days spent searching out the complex, seemingly contradictory flavours of hot, sour, salty and sweet and reveal the delightful shared culinary palate of the peoples of the Mekong.
Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid are photographers, writers, travellers and great cooks. Their first book Flatbreads and Flavors, won the James Beard Award for cookbook of the year and the IACP/ Julia Child Award for best first cookbook. Seductions of Rice, their second book, was chosen as cookbook of the year by Cuisine Canada. Alford and Duguid are contributors to Food & Wine, Food Arts, Gourmet and President's Choice Magazine. Their stock-photo agency Asia Access is based in Toronto, where they live with their sons Dominic and Tashi.