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By Michael Freeman

Pad thai, pho, bao: the cuisines of Southeast Asia have ardent fanatics a long way past their local lands, and at the moment are one of the most-consumed dishes on the planet. however the universal take-out menus and thriving storefronts leisure atop a compelling background of foodstuff, tradition, and modernity. Award-winning photographer and author Michael Freeman now bargains right here an all-encompassing advisor to the cuisines of 8 Southeast Asian countries.

Ricelands takes the reader on a colourful and interesting travel of those renowned vacationer locations during the richly layered cultures surrounding a number of the nutrients traditions. touring around the landscapes of Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Freeman explores the origins in their respective cuisines, the defining features of actual dishes, and the evolution of the cuisines as they entered overseas cultures. From birds’ nests accrued in Thailand’s coastal caves to the fewer general dishes of Burma and Cambodia to the stinky durian fruit (and Westerners’ frequently aghast reactions), the writer finds unforeseen treasures and tantalizing proof approximately Southeast Asia and its social historical past. The ebook additionally examines the cooking suggestions, complicated spices, and agricultural economies that underpin the countries’ meals cultures, and considers how the casual nature of Southeast Asian consuming matches into the rhythms of modern day living.

Vibrantly illustrated and skillfully conceived, Ricelands takes us into the center of tropical Asia and the scrumptious meals that outline it the realm over.
 

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