There are some books that are just so good that they are a must for foodies. Hot Sour Salty Sweet is one of these books. It is a gastronomic journey down the Mekong River or 'Road' that stretches from China to Vietnam, traveling through Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia on its journey to the sea.
Unlike so many celebrity chef's cookbooks about southeast asia, Jeffrey and Naomi have genuine local knowledge about the area, living and touring there for many years. Their local knowledge has allowed them to bring us unique recipes from the regions, along with fascinating antidotes that allows you to have a deeper understanding of the region's food.
To help you find your way through the book, it has two indics. The first list the sections in the book starting with Sauces, Chili Paste and Salsas, through to Soups, Salads, Mostly Vegetables, Fish, Beef, Pork, Snacks and Street Food and, finally, Sweets and Drinks. The second index is called Dishes for Every Occasions, listing dishes under subjects like Everyday Dependable and Kids Like It, to name two.
This book is a great resource for anyone that likes to cook authentic south east asian food. Its photos are beautifully presented and, for those readers whom live in the USA, there is a handy list of mail order sources.