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Los Angeles Times
"Freeman, an English photographer, has produced a wonderfully intrepid, quirky Southeast Asian pictorial overview based on many years' traveling, shooting, eating, and above all, thinking. . . . He asks us to care deeply about lands not just sustained by rice but literally sculpted by it. He writes at fascinating length about things that get jettisoned from most cookbooks—the sheer demands of this crop, the rural poverty of 'ricelands,' the historical logic behind the brilliant 'vocabulary of taste.'"