COOKING & FOOD

POK POK Noodles: Recipes from Thailand and Beyond

Ten Speed: Crown. May 2019. 272p. photos. index. ISBN 9781607747758. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781607747765. COOKING
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After their best-selling Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand and Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand, Ricker and Goode return with this worthy collection of noodle dishes. While some may find it intimidating to have a whole book focused on the various ingredients and cooking techniques involved in making Thai noodles, Ricker and Goode’s thoughtful approach gives home cooks a chance to bring restaurant cooking home, while also providing history and stories behind the recipes, and noodle making. Recipes are organized by noodles and sundries with pairing suggestions for meal creation. There’s beautiful photography of completed dishes and step-by-step preparation, rounded out by an extensive index that allows readers to find recipes by ingredient and Thai name.
VERDICT A stunning work of culinary art that will catch the interest of readers interested in Thai cuisine, food history, or even simply noodles. Advanced cooks eager to learn new techniques and cuisines will also appreciate.

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