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Book Review: Thai Way of Life
(The Dusit Cookbook)
It is not often that a hotel chain will
produce a cookbook, but when you think about it, why not? A hotel chain has
many chefs, each with their own favorite recipe. Why not collate these into a
What has made this cook book a little more special is the
fact that these are Thai recipes and the book concept follows that of the
hotel chain itself. As expressed on the flyleaf, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui,
the Dusit group founder, declared that her first hotel (the Dusit Thani)
should be an expression of Thailand and its culture. Thai Way of Life (ISBN
974-228-051-7) has then been put together by the Dusit’s chefs, with
particular reference to some of the favored dishes from the Dusit’s
Benjarong restaurant in the Dusit Thani. It has also been edited and printed
in Thailand. At last a book about Thailand that has really been printed and
The book introduces recipes for dishes from Bangkok and
Central, North and Northeast Thailand and the gulf and Andaman Sea, but it is
far more than a collection of recipes. It does attempt to show a Thai Way of
The book begins with a few pages on the burgeoning
popularity of Thai cuisine and expands into its healthy ingredients, citing
the fact that there are at least 250 varieties of edible plants growing wild
in the Thai countryside, many of which have medicinal value, such as ginger,
lemongrass, shallots and garlic. It is believed that the medicinal plants and
herbs thus became stock ingredients in the food of the various regions.
Regional differences in cuisine reflect the ethnic
influences that have played such important parts in shaping this country, and
even Buddhism is shown to have an effect.
From that introduction the book goes into the style of a
typical Thai meal and the importance of desserts and even fruit carving.
The secret in the success of any recipe lies in the way the
food is prepared, and this book in the “Inside a Thai kitchen” section
shows why at times an earthenware mortar and wooden pestle should be used,
rather than the granite mortar, and also why an electric blender is never
used! This section also shows cooking techniques, and goes further into herbs
The bulk of the book does detail the recipes, beautifully
simply, but also beautifully illustrated. Follow the photographs and you too
can present dishes as they would appear at the Dusit’s Benjarong restaurant.
At the end of the book are several pages showing just how
to produce the pastes, flavorings and stock used for the Thai dishes, followed
by some mild mutual back-slapping publicizing the Deverana Spa, listing the
Dusit milestones, but also a well deserved tribute to the founder, Thanpuying
At a retail price of B. 1395, this is a beautiful coffee table book, and
Dusit and everyone involved in the production deserves the accolades. The
photographic illustrations are first class, as is the paper stock used in the
printing. A superb publication. This would make a wonderful Xmas gift.
Mott's CD Reviews: Jonathan Kelly
...Waiting On You / Two Days In Winter
Mott the Dog
Jonathan Kelly was one
of the great Cats of the early Seventies, which let’s face it was one of the
most prolific ages of music. Jonathan Kelly only released five albums, but
quickly built up a huge reputation on the musical scene. Jonathan Kelly’s
first album release ‘Jonathan Kelly’ (1970) was not so much an album
release as it was more a collection of Jonathan Kelly’s attempts at having a
hit single, which makes it a bit unfair to include in his album collection.
But with the release of ‘Twice Around The Houses’ (1972) Jonathan Kelly
released his Tour De Force. Conquering appearances at British festivals and on
TV followed. Superstardom seemed assured. But life is never that easy, is it?
The follow up album was a much punchier affair: ‘Wait Till They Change The
Backdrop’, but the lyrics had become much heavier and scepticism was creeping
into the young man’s mind. By the time of ‘...Waiting On You’, Jonathan
Kelly’s love affair with the world was temporarily over.
By now Jonathan Kelly had been on the rock ‘n’ roll road for over three
years, and had more or less given up his folk music roots and plunged head
first into the world of rock music. If you are going to do that, you might as
well go the whole hog, which our subject did, surrounding himself with the top
musicians around at the time.
Firstly there was the duel guitar threat of Snowy White (later of Pink Floyd
and Thin Lizzy, as well as a very successful solo career, stand up all of you
who can remember Snowy’s album ‘White Flames’ coupled with the hit single
‘Birds Of Paradise’) and Chas Jankel (later of Ian Dury and The
Blockheads). Back this up with the bass playing skills of ex-Audience man
Trevor Williams (who in 2004 reformed Audience with two other original members
Howard Werth and Keith Gemmil, but that is a story for another day) and the
young drumming skills of David Sheen, with the addition of Peter Wood
(ex-Sutherland Brothers and Quiver) on keyboards when required, you certainly
had a good pedigree.
‘...Waiting On You’ is definitely Jonathan Kelly’s rock album (credited
to Jonathan Kelly’s Outside) with the guys swaggering into such songs as
‘Great Northern Railroad’ and ‘Tempest’, whilst final track ‘Tell Me
People’ fairly smoulders along from the start before burning up the grooves
to reach a rockin’ climax.
Due to Jonathan Kelly’s rock ‘n’ roll excesses his mood had changed quite
dramatically since the carefree days of yore, so although the musical chops
were definitely still there, the timbre of the songs had changed somewhat. This
is easily established by just reading the title of first song up, simply called
‘Misery’. Not exactly the most uplifting of beginnings, and by the time you
reach fourth song in ‘Sensation Street’ you kind of feel that perhaps
journalists are not at the top of Jonathan Kelly’s Christmas shopping lists -
hit lists possibly, but certainly nothing nice.
Whereas on ‘Twice Around The Houses’, released only two years beforehand,
had included a couple of protest songs ‘We’re All Right Till Then’
sticking up for the farming community, and his rallying call to the masses
‘We Are The People’, Jonathan Kelly was protesting for the people in songs.
Now with songs like ‘Tell Me People’ and ‘Great Northern Railroad’ he
was protesting at the people, a great difference.
It was also strange that although the band was still called Jonathan Kelly’s
Outside, the man himself had shed his stage persona, and gone back to his real
name, calling himself Jon Ledingham. Weird.
But if you agree with his sentiments this is still a very fine recording, which
has travelled over the years with no notice of dating, but easy listening it is
‘... Waiting On
You’/’Two Days In Winter’
Making It Lonely
Great Northern Railroad
I’ll Never Find Another Love
Tell Me People.
Only Your Love
Is It Not A Lovely Day
Reaching For A Star
Now Is The Time
Never Do That To Anyone
Rush On Time
What Can I Do Now
One More Kiss
Jonathan Kelly’s Outside
Jon Ledingham: Vocals, Guitar, and Piano
Trevor Williams: Bass
Chas Jankel: Guitars
David Sheen: Drums
Snowy White: Guitars
Peter Wood: Piano
Two Days In Winter
“This is what it says on the album cover, which perhaps says more than
Jonathan Kelly (That’s right, back to Kelly again): Guitars, Pianos,
Kum Harada: Bass guitar, Lead Guitar, Confidence Brewer, Percussion
Dave Sheen: Drums, Guitar, Percussion
Darry Le Que: Congas
Roger Rettig: Pedal Steel Guitar
The Pizza Quartet + Chako: Strings
Brian Gascoigne: Marimba
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