Item description for The World of Street Food: Easy Quick Meals to Cook at Home by Troth Wells...
Overview Provides recipes for quick meals found in street stalls and markets of the world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher New Internationalist
ISBN 1904456103 ISBN13 9781904456100
Availability 0 units.
More About Troth Wells
Troth Wells joined the New Internationalist in 1972 to help launch the magazine. She has written a number of world food books including the Spices of Life and the World in your Kitchen. She an editor of the World Guide, a global reference source that focuses on majority world issues.
Reviews - What do customers think about The World of Street Food: Easy Quick Meals to Cook at Home?
Interesting, but not a very good cookbook Apr 7, 2008
The problem with this book is that the cooking directions mostly aren't very good. Seems like the recipes were compiled by people who don't cook much. An example is the Malaysian Chicken Rice, which advised making a glaze of honey, coating a chicken with it, and then roasting the chicken at 400 for an hour. Anyone who cooks regularly knows that a)the honey will burn to carbon and b)a chicken cooked at 400 for an hour will be dry as toast. Other recipes have you frying bits of dough in hot oil "until done." What does "done" mean here? The point of the cookbook is to introduce foods that the reader probably hasn't eaten or in some cases even heard of before. So how are we to know what "done" means?
Otherwise the selection of recipes is excellent, the pictures are nice, and the stories are interesting and well-written. Too bad the actual recipes are sub-par.
Good as a COOKBOOK, but not as a world food guide Oct 4, 2007
If you are looking for a book with a sampling of recipes for various ethnic dishes, then this may be the book for you. Each page features a different recipe and a picture of that dish in a display bowl/plate (like a posed "still life"); the colors & quality of these photos is nice. However, There AREN'T pictures of how the food actually looks at the street vendor stalls, or pictures of the streets/markets that sell these, etc. Also, there wasn't much explanation about the origin or cultural importance of each food that was chosen; basically each dish starts with a sentence about how it is popular in Thailand, etc, and then you get the recipe. So if you are looking for a cookbook, this looks like it would do well; but if you're looking for more cultural tidbits consider other books.