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My Holiday Gift Recommendations for Cooks and Bakers

2014 Holiday Cookbook Gifts
I’ll keep my intro short, because I want to direct your attention to the books on this list as quickly as possible. This is a list of books released in 2014 that I’ve bought for myself and felt compelled to buy them for my friends and family as holiday gifts as well.

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here’s the list of my holiday cookbook gift recommendations. Please click on the cover photo of each book in order to be taken to its listing on Amazon. Continue Reading →

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Northern Thailand and Northeastern Thailand (Isan) Are Two Different Regions

Northern and Northeastern Thailand
There’s the north of Thailand. Then there’s the northeast of Thailand.* The northeast is also known as isan, the term that never applies to the north. The two regions are separate and distinct in terms of food, dialect, culture, and geography.

This is old news to most people. However, based on what I’ve seen in various publications, it appears quite a few are still confused. So I hope this brief post will be useful to those who write about Thai food and/or Thai restaurants who perhaps didn’t know this before.
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* Different organizations employ different divisional schemes. What you see here is based on the one proposed by the Royal Institute and approved by the Thai government in 1977.

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African Chicken (Galinha à Africana) in the style of Henri’s Galley

Galinha à Africana (African Chicken) in the style of Henri's Galley
I had a chance to visit Macau for the first time as an adult this past summer. After the first few hours there, I realized I should have planned a longer stay. I ate as well and variedly as I could, but even so I barely scratched the surface in terms of what this place has to offer. There is so much to see, experience, and eat there.

One of the places that everyone had told me to visit is Henri’s Galley, a little old-school restaurant that serves traditional Macanese dishes. It’s a little out of the way, they said, but it’s good. And, oh, they added, you gotta have the African chicken, the restaurant’s flagship dish. Continue Reading →

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