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"To read a book about a country's cuisine isn't simply to go looking for 'good things'; it is also to better know - by means of the recipes - the customs and the richness or poverty of a place, and the spirit of those who inhabit it. It is above all, to participate in the symbolic celebration of the shared repast."

~ Ginette Olivesi-Lorenzi, La Cuisine Mentonnaise



Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking

Savoring Tuscany : Recipes and Reflections on Tuscan Cooking (The Savoring Series)
by Lori De Mori

Part of the Savoring Series, which is one of my favorite series of books about Regional Cuisine, Savoring Tuscany is a beautiful book filled with sumptuous recipes and delectable writing about the cuisine and culture of Tuscany. As with all the books in the series, Savoring Tuscany is put together beautifully and all of the recipes are well written and presented. The recipes that we tested were all superb and the book is an excellent source for fans of Tuscan cuisine.


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Recipe - Stir-Fried Chicken With Holy Basil (Gai Pad Bai Gaprow)
by Annabelle G. Smith

Easy to make, and very flavorful, this recipe from Annabelle G. Smith is very easy to make.

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Stir-Fried Chicken With Holy Basil (Gai Pad Bai Gaprow)

Recipe Submitted by Annabelle G. Smith.

3 tablespoons oil
5 cloves fresh garlic
2 chopped serrano or bird chiles (I use jalapeno)
1 pound cubed raw chicken
2 red cayenne chiles, optional (I use cayenne pepper)
1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup holy basil leaves (I use regular basil)

Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add garlic and peppers and cook for 30 seconds. Add chicken and stir fry until the chicken is cooked in the center. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, and cook for 2 minutes more. Serve hot with rice.