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Thailand, The Cookbook

Thailand, The Cookbook

by Jean-Pierre Gabriel

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 608 PAGES

With depth and dexterity, Gabriel explains ingredients and authentic techniques for 500 authentic Thai snacks, drinks, curries, stir fry, desserts and more. (TLD122, $49.95)

Culture Smart! Thailand

Culture Smart! Thailand

by Roger Jones

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people. (TLD79, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide Thailand

Eyewitness Guide Thailand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

A compact illustrated guide featuring color photographs, excellent maps and a regional overview of Thailand's natural and cultural attractions. (TLD26, $25.00)

Insight Flexi Map Thailand

Insight Flexi Map Thailand

by Insight Guides

  • 2016
  • MAP

An accordion-folded map of Thailand, laminated for protection from weather and wear. It features a clear map of the country (1:800,000), plus detailed street maps of Bangkok and Chiang Mai (1:18,000). (TLD132, $9.99)

 
Chiang Mai Shopping

Chiang Mai Shopping


by Nancy Chandler

  • 2001
  • MAP

A colorful map guide to shopping, restaurants, hotels and attractions. (TLD49, $12.95)

Groovy Chiang Mai Map

Groovy Chiang Mai Map


by Groovy Map Co.

  • 2014
  • MAP

An easy-to-use, laminated map/guide to Chiang Mai. Includes maps and insets of Greater Chiang Mai, the city center and Nimmanhaemin Road, plus helpful listings. (TLD65, $8.95)

Lonely Planet Pocket Bangkok

Lonely Planet Pocket Bangkok


by Lonely Planet Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

With a section of not-to-be-missed highlights, pullout map, and a calendar of annual events. (TLD77, $13.99)

Hot Sour Salty Sweet, A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia

Hot Sour Salty Sweet, A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia


by Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

From Salsas to Street Foods, Noodles to Desserts, dishes from different cuisines within Southeast Asia appear side by side in this magnificently illustrated cookbook and cultural guide to the mighty Mekong and the foods of the region from Southern China to Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. (SEA80, $50.00)

Lonely Planet Food Lover's Guide to the World

Lonely Planet Food Lover's Guide to the World


by Lonely Planet

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER

Mark Bittman and James Oseland contribute to this illustrated, whirlwind tour, which features chapters on China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and USA. With a roundup of markets, restaurants, coffee, cheese, regional specialties and other illustrated essays. (WLD236, $39.99)

Bangkok, A Cultural History

Bangkok, A Cultural History


by Maryvelma O'Neil

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

O'Neil illuminates a city rich in art, history, royal ceremony and tradition in this engaging portrait. (TLD87, $18.95)

Ricelands, The World of South-east Asian Food

Ricelands, The World of South-east Asian Food


by Michael Freeman

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Freeman's engrossing portrait of the land, people and cuisine of Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines features 250 color photos. (SEA79, $35.00)

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History

Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


by Milton Osborne

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN MARCH

In the 12th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century. (SEA73, $23.95)

What the Buddha Taught

What the Buddha Taught


by Walpola Sri Rahula

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 151 PAGES

A classic introduction to Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for anyone interested in understanding the foundations of Buddhism. (SEA41, $16.00)

Art of South East Indian Textiles, The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection

Art of South East Indian Textiles, The Tilleke & Gibbins Collection


by Linda S. Mcintosh

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 312 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Featuring beautiful illustrations of over 200 highly sophisticated works of textile art, scholar and curator Dr. Linda McIntosh's collection includes color photographs of hand-woven and hand-adorned cloths created in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and Malaysia. (SEA85, $95.00)

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam

The Golden Lands, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand & Vietnam


by Vikram Lall

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 280 PAGES

The product of 25 years of research into Buddhist architecture, this survey takes us from the monastic complexes of India to the dzongs of Bhutan, inside the wats of Southeast Asia and through the simple wooden shrines of Japan. Gorgeously illustrated throughout with color photos and 3D renderings. (SEA88, $95.00)

The King Never Smiles, A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej

The King Never Smiles, A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej


by Paul M. Handley

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 512 PAGES

A balanced biography of Thailand's powerful king, a constitutional monarch who came to the throne of his country from the United States in 1946. (TLD69, $45.00)

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong

The River's Tale, A Year on the Mekong


by Edward Gargan

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A personal, probing chronicle of a 3,000-mile journey on the river from its source in China through Tibet, Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. (SEA33, $16.95)

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Killed at the Whim of a Hat


by Colin Cotterill

  • MYSTERY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

First in the Jimm Juree mystery series. Cotterill trades in Laos -- and the elderly Dr. Paiboun -- for Jimm Juree, "a feisty Thai lady journalist with relatives that make the Adams family look like Alexander McCall Smith characters," for this wry book set in a dusty resort along the Gulf of Siam. (TLD100, $18.99)

Letters from Thailand, A Novel

Letters from Thailand, A Novel


by Botan | Susan Fulop Kepner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A prize-winning novel first published in 1969 and newly translated into English. Taking the form of a series of letters back home to his mother, it follows the fate of Tan Suang U, a Chinese immigrant in Bangkok at the close of World War II, who marries, raises a family and runs a successful business. The novel, among its many pleasures, depicts daily life in Bangkok's thriving Chinatown. (TLD45, $19.95)

Sightseeing, Stories

Sightseeing, Stories


by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Lapcharoensap's remarkable debut collection of seven stories includes sharp, funny portraits of contemporary Thailand and its generation gap. (TLD68, $16.00)

Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals

Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians common to Southeast Asian. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions. (SEA91, $7.95)

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