In this book to accompany the TV series, stunning photography
and Gordon''s inspirational travel stories combine to depict a
richly-textured portrait of a continent. With breathtaking
landscapes as his backdrop, Gordon is welcomed into local
communities and shown the age-old traditions and secrets that
underpin their native dishes. He meets characters with fascinating
lives, shares delicious meals in beautiful surroundings, and is
invited to take part in the customs and rituals of the land -
venturing into paddy fields to observe the rice worship,
accompanying huntsmen on their quest for frogs and honey,
navigating the inky night-time ocean for moonlit fishing, and
cooking up a feast in a colossal Malay temple.
Gordon has devised over 100 new recipes to showcase the very
essence of these cultures and cuisines. There are unique tastes and
styles from across the region, with a wealth of enticing
ingredients: from tangy limes and the earthy scent of sesame oil,
to floral jasmine and lush green banana leaves. Don''t let
unfamiliar recipe names put you off - Tom Yam Goong Nam Khon is a
divine hot and sour prawn soup, Ngah Poh Kai Fan a slow-cooked
clay-pot chicken and Karipap the Malay answer to a Cornish
And there are recipes that even wary cooks will recognise -
Chicken Satay, Pad Thai, Red and Green Curries - though look closer
and each recipe has something extra, an authenticity that comes
from taking the time to understand the origins of the dish. Gordon
proves that the real thing is easy to replicate at home, whether
its a single spice that makes all the difference, marinating a cut
of meat for 12 unhurried hours, or being brave enough to try a key
new ingredient such as kaffir lime leaves or lemongrass (readily
available in supermarkets but often overlooked).
Let Gordon open your eyes with his vivid portrayal of a
magnificent continent, and enjoy some of the very greatest Asian
dishes in your own kitchen.
"100 of my favourite Indian recipes"--Cover.