Seductions of Rice

Seductions of Rice

By Jeffrey Alford; Naomi Duguid

Artisan Publishers, Paperback, 9781579652340, 480pp.

Publication Date: April 2003

With a depth of passion and experience, and an ability to embrace and convey richness of place and taste, the authors of the groundbreaking "Flatbreads and Flavors" and the later award-winning "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" embarked on a far-reaching excursion to find the world's most essential and satisfying food. Along the way, they experienced firsthand dozens of varieties of rice, offering unimaginable subtleties of taste, as well as a staggering array of foods to accompany them, all providing a simple way to get flavor and variety on the table.

"Seductions of Rice" is the glorious result: two hundred easy-to-prepare dishes from the world's great rice cuisines, illuminated by stories, insights, and more than two hundred photographs of people, places, and wonderful food. Cherished dishes--Chinese stir-frys, Spanish paellas, Japanese sushi, Indian thorans, Thai salads, Turkish pilafs, Italian risottos--are shared not just as recipes, but as time-honored traditions.

"Seductions of Rice" will change the way we eat, the way we prepare and appreciate our food. It's as easy as putting a pot of rice on to cook.

About the Author
Jeffrey Alford is a writer and photographer based primarily in northeast Thailand and Cambodia. He plants and harvests rice each year; helps raise frogs and several varieties of fish; and happily struggles along in three languages: Central Thai, Lao Isaan, and Northern Khmer. His forthcoming book, to be published in 2014, is tentatively titled "How Pea Cooks: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village". His earlier books, all co-written with Naomi Duguid, are "Flatbreads and Flavors;""HomeBaking; Seductions of Rice; Hot Sour Salty Sweet; Mangoes and Curry Leaves"; and "Beyond the Great Wall." Jeffrey is currently developing a series of intensive culinary tours through northeastern Thailand and western Cambodia (the Angkor Wat area) under the name of Heritage Food Thailand.

Naomi Duguid is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler. Her most recent cookbook, "Burma", brought news of a long-forgotten part of the world and was winner of the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel and the Taste Canada Food Writing Award. Her previous award-winning titles, co-authored with Jeffrey Alford, include "Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker s Atlas", their first book, which won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year; "Seductions of Rice";" Hot Sour Salty Sweet", also a James Beard Cookbook of the Year; "Mangoes & Curry Leaves"; and"Beyond the Great Wall". Duguid s articles and photographs appear regularly in"Lucky Peach", "Food & Wine", and other publications. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter at food conferences. She is the host of Toronto s Food on Film series and has a strong online presence (Twitter and Facebook). Her stock photo agency, Asia Access, is based in Toronto, where she lives when she is not on the road.