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The Food of Southern Thailand (Austin Bush)


For more than two decades, Austin Bush has traveled across Thailand, collecting recipes, observing cooking techniques, shooting photographs, and recording stories as he documents the rich culinary traditions of this country. He follows his acclaimed debut cookbook, The Food of Northern Thailand, with a deep dive into the food of yet another region: the cities, towns, and islands (including Phuket) of the country’s south.

The diversity of southern Thai food, with influences that stem from Chinese, Malay, and Muslim cuisines, is apparent in dishes like Pork Braised with Soy Sauce, Pepper, and Brown Sugar; a Rice Salad with Budu Dressing; a Spicy Dip of Smoked Shrimp; and Simmered Black Sticky Rice with Taro and Jackfruit. With gorgeous food and location photographs also by Bush, The Food of Southern Thailand offers a bold, beautiful portrait of one of the world’s most vibrant, colorful, and full-flavored cuisines.