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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 - Barbecue Chicken (Gai Yang)
by Puangpen Prescott

Thai barbecued chicken is a bright red color and full of amazing flavor. This recipe by Puangpen Prescott is no exception...make sure to have plenty of the dipping sauce on hand for other dishes as well. It is even great on chicken wings.

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Barbecue Chicken (Gai Yang)

Recipe Submitted by Puangpen Prescott

Ingredients:

3 whole young chicken, clean, rinse and patted dry
2 small oranges or limes
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons mixture of coriander root and black pepper and garlic pounded fine
6 tablespoons light soy
3/4 cup beer or wine

Rub chickens with halved oranges or limes and follow with salt. Marinate chickens in the mixture of coriander root, pepper, garlic, light soy and wine for 2-3 hrs. Grill on medium low heat charcoal fire till done. The skin of the chicken should be crisp and light brown.

Dipping sauce

4 large red chili peppers with seeds discarded
12 very fresh small chili pepper ( phrig khee hnu )
4 small cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar

Pound the first 4 ingredients together just till shredded. Add the last 3 ingredients and mix well. Beware this is very hot. You can reduce the amount of phrig khee hnu to tone down the heat.

Puangpen Prescott has a Thai-American Family Site which includes many different interesting articles about the Thai lifestyle, cuisine, history, festivals, and lots of excellent Thai recipes.