Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village (Paperback)

Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village By Jeffrey Alford Cover Image
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* Winner of the Best Asian Cuisine from Books Outside Asia at the 2016 Gourmand Cookbook Awards *

In the small village of Kravan in rural Thailand, the food is like no other in the world. The diet is finely attuned to the land, taking advantage of what is local and plentiful. Made primarily of fresh, foraged vegetables infused with the dominant Khmer flavours of bird chilies, garlic, shallots and fish sauce, the cuisine is completely distinct from the dishes typically associated with Thailand.

Best-selling food writer and photographer Jeffrey Alford has been completely immersed in this unique culinary tradition for the last four years while living in this region with his partner Pea, a talented forager, gardener and cook. With stories of village and family life surrounding each dish, Alford provides insight into the ecological and cultural traditions out of which the cuisine of the region has developed. He also describes how the food is meant to be eaten: as an elaborate dish in a wedding ceremony, a well-deserved break from the rice harvest, or just a comforting snack at the end of a hard day.

About the Author


Jeffrey Alford is a writer, photographer, traveler and cook based primarily in northeast Thailand. He is the co-author, with Naomi Duguid, of six international cookbooks: Flatbreads and Flavors, Seductions of Rice, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, HomeBaking, Mangoes and Curry Leaves, and Beyond the Great Wall. Both Flatbreads and Flavours and Hot Sour Salty Sweet won the James Beard Award for best Cookbook of the Year and Seductions of Rice and HomeBaking each won a Cuisine Canada Cookbook Award. Jeffrey has contributed to Saveur, Food and Wine, Food Arts, Gourmet, and many other magazines. He has appeared on the Food Network and The Martha Stewart Show. Formerly based in Toronto, Ontario, he now lives in Surin Province in northeast Thailand twelve miles north of the Cambodian border, with wife Somphit Janprung (better known as "Pea").


Product Details
ISBN: 9781771620604
ISBN-10: 1771620609
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
 

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