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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 - Tom Yum Talay
by Pauline Loo

This recipe for a traditional spicy seafood soup from Thailand was submitted by Pauline Loo.

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Tom Yum Talay

Recipe Submitted by Pauline Loo

20 jumbo shrimp
8 mussels
4 ounces squid
4 ounces crab meat
6 ounces sliced white onions
1 medium sliced tomato
2-3 medium pieces galangal (Thai Ginger)
3 - 1 inch slices of lemon grass
1 ounce chopped green onion
1 level tablespoon Nam Prik Pao (more if you like spice)
26 ounces water
5 ounces fresh lime or lemon juice
5 ounces fish sauce
1 tablespoon ground red chilli (add as you wish)

Start heating the water. Add galangal ginger, Nam Prik Pao and lemon grass. Add all seafood. Bring to a boil. After the soup has boiled for 2 minutes, add the white onions and tomatoes. In your serving bowl add the lime juice and fish sauce. Do not add this to the boiling soup! When the seafood in cooked, place the soup in the serving bowl with the sauces. Garnish with the green onions, spice to taste with red chili and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Pauline Loo has an excellent collection of Thai recipes at Thailand: Food and Recipes. Make sure to check her site for many more excellent recipes like this one.