This beautiful book from the Norwegian author of Kitchen of Light: New Scandinavian Cooking offers photos galore, travel tales and interesting recipes (a few of them impractical, including the Balinese suckling pig). It's a travelogue as much as a cookbook, with Viestad taking readers to where cumin, tamarind, turmeric and nutmeg are grown." Star Tribune, December 6, 2007"
Where Flavor was Born explores the edge of the Indian Ocean, from Australia around to South Africa, stopping at Thailand, Malaysia and Bali, and stretching up through the Red Sea to Egypt. On vividly colored pages, between recipes for potato croquettes with ginger and honey and turmeric squid with tamarind sauce, Viestad charts his travels with anecdotes that turn the book into a journal and history lesson as ell a collection of recipes and reference for the area's spice trade." San Francisco Chronicle, December 12, 2007