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Ginger, Lily and Sweet Fire - A Romance with Food by H. / Lamar Thomas
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: lummox-press

Do you like to cook? Do you like poetry? How about a book that combines the two, along with a bevy of exotic ingredients? Interested? Then you should give this cookbook a try. It features 28 meals (each with an appetizer, entre, side, salad, and dessert), broken down into four sections: Ginger, Lily and Sweet Fire (Thai mostly); Mediterranean Hillsides and Beaches; Island and Oasis; and Flowering of America. There is a cornucopia of information included regarding sustainable fishing, herbs and flowers, poultry and meats...there's even an essay on salt! This is a great way to acquaint yourself with "world fusion" cooking as well as impressing the hell out of your friends at your next dinner party.

The recipes are easy to follow and even offer substitutions for those of us who can't find a Thai marketplace nearby. Plus you can mix and match the recipes to make up your own meals! Recently, Alisha Attella, served up a pre-Valentine's meal featuring spicy coconut soup (Asia), grilled chicken w/ star fruit (Islands), sweet potato and asian pear (Americas), spicy cabage salad (Asia) & cantaloupe with minted cream (Mediterranean) at local bookstore (Long Beach, CA) Gatsby Books for any and all foodies to sample. It was a hit!

And so is this book.

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