南京夜生活网：'Kiin: Recipes and Stories from Northern Thailand'
Chef and restaurateur Nuit Regular, who grew up in Thailand, calls northern Thai cooking a journey. Indeed, for the novice or even the above-average home cook, the recipes contained in Kiin may be more than a bit daunting. Most recipes call for 10 or more ingredients and include arguably arduous steps.
For the more ambitious or veteran cooks seeking a challenge, however, "Kiin" may be just the right speed. The rewards -- not to mention the flavor payoff -- of a dish such as Stir-Fried Flat Rice Noodles with Gravy (Lad Nha) are not insignificant. Regular's dishes exemplify the best of Thai food -- that sour, sweet, salty and spicy combination we take for granted when ordering from our local Thai restaurant. Several of the book's recipes do offer a store-bought option for an ingredient here or there, and there are often a few optional ingredients in the arms-long lists. too. In spite of these helpful shortcuts, "Kiin" tends toward more complicated than not. And to follow a recipe to a tee, you may find yourself chasing down items such as pandan leaves or magrud lime leaves. Still, there's a lot to love about this big, beautiful book, and a rainy day waiting for its big moment.