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Thailand - and Italy- from the source

A success story that keeps on giving. That's Lonely Planet which began decades ago with handwritten notes circulated to travelling friends, into books and guides and much more.

Now LP is showing just how good it is with food as it launches a range of 'From the Source...' books. Written by experts, filled with mouthwatering colour photography, and beautifully printed and bound. For all lovers of Thai food and cookery, this is an attractive book to give as a gift - but my guess is you'll want to keep it for yourself. Buy two, is a better idea. One to keep, one to gift a friend with.

The book has been broken into regions: Central Thailand and Bangkok, Northern Thailand and so on. There are cook's notes and maps, and the same inimitable background of research and digging for gems of interest that has long characterised anything that comes from Lonely Planet.

Recipes run the gamut from an unusual Thai-Muslim style salad with potato and tofu, coconut and mung bean puddings, crispy coconut cups, to curried stirfried pork. This will be the book to track down the recipe for something delicious you tried at a roadside stall or in someone's home.

The ethos of LP has always been about personal interaction, the people behind the wok or stirring the pots. It is here in this book. You'll recognise it in the recipes and the faces of those behind the dishes, as they smile out from many pages.

Thank you Lonely Planet - you've done it again!

Thailand from the source, written and photographed by Austin Bush and Mark Wiens, published by Lonely Planet 2015, A$34.99, hardcover.


also in the series:

Feel as though you have been invited into nonna's kitchen. Prepare to be spoiled.

Italy from the source, written by Sarah Barrell and photographed by Susan Wright, published by Lonely Planet 2015, rrp A$34.99, hardcover.

- reviewed by Sally Hammond



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