Following the theme of my last post (i.e banging on about what my boss, David Thompson, is up to) just a quick note to say: David's new book Thai Street Food has just been published in the UK.
We've had a copy in the kitchen at Nahm for 8 months now as it was published almost a year ago in Oz, but the UK release was postponed on account of those naughty bankers causing a recession over here.
I have my copy now, and, not surprisingly it's pretty special. David's been working on it for years and he's not a man who churns out a book a year or does them by halves. It's massive and is packed full of stunning pics - of both general Thai street life & of the vast array of food you find on the street out there.
Plus, of course, there's tonnes of (fascinating, delicious, challenging...) recipes - everything from breakfast stall dishes, to weird n wonderful street snacks, to curries and so on...there are also sections on Kanon jin noodles and the food of Bangkok's Chinatown.
Not all of the recipes are as complex in technique, or characterised by the need for mad ingredients you'll not find unless you happen to be walking round a Bangkok morning market; more than a few are definitely do-able for a home cook.
But even if you don't recon you'll cook a single thing from the book it's a hell of a coffee table number or, best of all, a guide to what delights you ought to be seeking out should you ever find yourself on the streets of Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Hat Yai.
By way of a sneak-peak check out some recipe extracts in this Observer FM article.