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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 - Thai Cucumber Salad
by Patchara Pornpipatpong

This simple salad recipe submitted by Patchara Pornpipatpong is great to eat during hot weather and is easy to make.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

Recipe Submitted by Patchara Pornpipatpong.

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 peeled, seeded, and sliced cucumbers

Mix together the water, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and vinegar until smooth. Add the cucumbers. Marinate for up to 12 hours. Add the cilantro and serve.

Makes 6 servings.