POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker

Awesome cookbook that captures authentic recipes and techniques. It is not watered down/simplified, however author does provide some guidance on ingredients and the setting surround the foods consumption. It will take me a bit to cook through everything and I want to do more research on the sour meat techniques but a few of the […]

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Reach & Read: Adventures in the Slavic Kitchen: A Book of Essays with Recipes by Igor Klekh

I really enjoy ‘food lit’ or books about food, chefs, and stories with food woven in. This book falls right into that category. Igor Klekh’s poignant, humorous, and authentic (at least to this reader) voice is translated by Slava Yastremksi and Michael Naydan into an entertaining read about Slavic food. This book is more about […]

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Reach & Read: The Dim Sum Field Guide by Carolyn Phillips

Cute little book that if paired with a gift card or IOU to a tasty local Chinese restaurant or bakery would make a great gift. The content of the book was tested with the hubs and some friends of Asian descent: first we would try to guess based on the illustration which common dim sum item was […]

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Reach & Read: Inside Your Insides

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home by Claire Eamer Itchy scratchy creepy crawly feelings are guaranteed! Interesting book about microbes that manages to make reading about a micro biome interesting. There are LOL kid jokes throughout, think knock knock and “what do you call a photo that a microbe takes itself? A […]

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Reach & Read: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures – By Anne Fadiman Remember my list of great books from my law professor? Here is another off the famed book list (see the December review of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). Anne Fadiman […]

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Reach & Read: The Death of Bees

The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell – a book review Probably first and foremost, this isn’t a book about bees. Yet, the topic of the Colony Collapse Disorder does make an appearance early on the book. The unfortunate circumstances of the book are shrouded in some mystery, much like why bees are declining in […]

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Reach & Read: The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry By Kathleen Flinn: A Book Review I love food memoirs and Kathleen Flinn’s second book is no exception. In this book, she shares her experiences while attending the prestigious cook school in the universe (probably) Le Cordon Bleu, in an engaging non-pretentious fashion. As in her other […]

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Reach & Read: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Things Bright and Beautiful By James Herriot – a book review Bright and Beautiful is the second book in the charming series by James Herriot. In the Spring of 2013, I read his All Creatures Great and Small. Here is its review – the best part was sharing the experience with my grandmother. Bright and […]

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