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POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand

POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode
Oct 31, 2017 | 272 Pages
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“An outstanding, authoritative, and integral work – the result of yeas of drinking and eating and drinking more in a country that Ricker has made his second home. Essential.”

“Andy and JJ have done it again! This is a book you will love to cook from and a superb deep dive into an overlooked part of Thai culture. From my personal experience, this is how much of the eating is done in villages and towns around Thailand: unadorned and without the fanciful whimsy of the hotels, restaurants, and even the street foods of the big cities. The recipes in this book from Isaan—an underrepresented corner of this amazing country—are particularly thrilling to see. The lads have beautifully art directed the book as well: raw, naked flash photos for a raw and naked aspect of the local food scene. The ‘it is what it is, take it or leave it’ attitude of the bars and small eateries is so perfectly captured in the imagery that I think this could be the first post punk-Thai cookbook that I’ve ever seen.”

“A punk rock version of what Ricker serves at his popular Whiskey Soda Lounge. This is meant to be bar food, but there’s more to it than spicy fried peanuts: stir fries, curries, fried chicken, and the bold flavors Pok Pok is known for jump off each page. Even novice cooks will be drawn into this colorful, flavorful world.”

“Go on a booze-fueled adventure through the pages of Ricker’s latest book, which brings you anecdotes and recipes inspired by his Portland, Oregon, restaurant, Whiskey Soda Lounge. Warning: The Thai-style fried chicken and kaffir lime-tinged fried peanuts will ruin you from the anybar’s bowl of mixed nuts for life.”

“This is the follow-up to Ricker’s first Pok Pok cookbook, a terrific book that chronicled the food of his Portland, Ore.-based Thai restaurants. Consider this the late night companion, a cookbook devoted to the bar food and booze-friendly snacks that Ricker fell in love with over decades of trips to northern Thailand. Thus, there are recipes for all the spicy, salty, sour things that accompany the bottles of lao khao, or rice whiskey, beer and other tipples, as well as asides on the making of many of those drinks. The book, it must be said, is also fun for those who don’t drink, as it includes recipes for some seriously heady stuff: aep samoeng muu (pig’s brains grilled in banana leaf), som tam thawt (fried papaya salad),tom leuat muu (pork soup with blood and offal) and sii khrong muu tai naam (pork ribs cooked underwater), just to name a few. Ricker’s prose, written with Goode, is chatty and engaging, and the photos, by Austin Bush, will pretty quickly get you looking up flights to Chiang Mai.”

“Ricker, the Portland-based chef who approaches Thai food with something approaching religious devotion, showcases an eye-opening assortment of recipes that are the perfect excuse to have a bunch of friends over for drinks, from crispy red-skinned peanuts stir-fried with lime leaf, garlic, and chiles to kai thawt (dry-fried Thai-spiced chicken wings).”

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