Title: From Honeybees to Pepper - Creative Lao Cooking with Friends
By: Gustav Auer
Publisher, Year: Friends International, 2011
This is such a wonderful and beautiful Lao cookbook. Its eye-catching, colourful paintings and photographs help to make this book stand out.
Of course the focus of the book though are the recipes and in that regard it doesn't disappoint either.
It includes an array of recipes from regional specialties to ethnic variations. You'll also find famous Lao recipes with some creative twists.
The makers of this book are a charitable NGO called Friends International. They created the book as a companion to the Makpet Restaurant in Vientiane. The restaurant is owned and managed by the NGO as a place to teach young people cooking skills. The proceeds of the books go towards funding their programs as well.
It's a large format, hard cover book at 10.5" x 10.5" and 187 pages in total. Thankfully it's written bilingually in English and Lao.
It's a fun and creative book that'll surely encourage readers to want to dive in and try making these recipes at home. Definitely pick up a copy if you have a chance. Or visit the restaurant in Vientiane for a real life taste of these fabulous recipes.
Here's the full table of contents.
Our Guide to Lao Herbs and Spices 20
Salads and Lapp 47
Soups and Curries 75
Grill, Steam, Fry 109
Chilled Temptations 169
Index of Ingredients 184