Eat on the street

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I love this book! It's a world tour of street food. It titillates the taste buds and takes you on a journey. Its title: Take away (To go). Ten years of travel, 500 photos and 120 recipes: a book to devour with your eyes, concocted by a photographer, Jean-François Mallet, who was also a chef ...

120 street food recipes. By Jean-François Mallet. Aubanel editions.
120 street food recipes. By Jean-François Mallet. Aubanel editions.

Take away
Jean-François Mallet
Aubanel editions
384 pages, 35 €

Another book discovered while passing in front of the window of my favorite bookshop (Ariane, reindeer). It was enough for me to see the cover to crack.


Eating in the street ... One of my great pleasures in Asia, Thailand in particular. There are everywhere, at any time, street vendors, small open-air restaurants with their tiny plastic chairs, fruit vendors, donuts, soup, and mouth-watering stalls. The street food is a way of life out there. It's often delicious and not expensive at all!

This is not the first time I'm talking about these Food-markets and Food-stalls so typical of Southeast Asia, in this blog. Some articles to revisit here :
→ Noodle soup at the Chumphon market
→ Last day in Perhentian Kecil
→ On the way to Semporna
→ In need of pad-thai?
→ In the frenzy of Bangkok

And a few photos I fished out of the bottom of my hard drive:

My intuition did not deceive me. The cover photo of Take away was taken in Thailand, in Bangkok. Asia is very much in the book, of course. But there is also room for many other small dishes to take away, or to nibble on the street corner: Spanish tapas, London fish and chips, Moroccan lamb skewers, Argentinean empanadas, Malian banana fritters... Yum!

Small excerpt from the back cover:

Street cooking is a way of life spread around the world. Far from fast food with a standardized taste, street food is, on the contrary, the affirmation of a strong cultural identity. Eating in small canteens or directly in the street is the best way to discover a country from the inside.

I couldn't have put it better myself!

Finally, to finish this appetizing tour of the world of street food, I invite you to visit the link below, spotted by one of the subscribers to my Facebook page. Dozens of videos to learn the recipes of the street food Thai:

→ Thai Street Vendors videos


Yummy again!


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  1. Yum ! That makes me hungry. I too love to taste stuff on the street when I'm traveling. Wherever I go, I buy from street vendors. In China I have eaten things, I do not even know what it is! And contrary to what some are afraid of, I have never been sick. If it looks appetizing, it's good! If it looks suspicious, we do not touch it. This is my motto and for me it has always worked!
    Enjoy your meal.

  2. @RolK: Oui, souvent des gens que je croise en voyage ne comprennent pas que « j’ose » manger dans les boui-bouis locaux… Dommage pour eux, ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils ratent. Parfois, certains se décident à m’accompagner et à « oser » à leur tour. Et en sont ravis pour finir!!! En général, il suffit de regarder l’affluence locale pour s’assurer que la cantine est bonne. Pour les précautions, ta devise pleine de bon sens suffit!!! 😉
    La seule fois où j’ai été malade à cause de la bouffe en voyage, c’était après avoir mangé une pizza… au Vietnam!!! 😆 Dans un « restaurant » à touristes.
    Now, I'll have to go home, to test some of the tempting recipes in the book.

  3. I offered myself this book and I'm really happy! I agree with the comments: visiting a country goes largely by the culinary discoveries that we make, especially in local canteens. And if there is something I always bring back in my luggage, it's local food, just to continue a little trip home ^ _ ^

  4. @ Helen: Il te plairait, ce bouquin… miam!!! 😉

    @Iptdbth: J’aime beaucoup!!! 🙂

    @Caroline: Je fais pareil : je ne ramène plus guère de souvenirs, désormais, mais plus facilement du thé, café et épices… 🙄

  5. Ah oui, ça sonne bien ce concept de série. Il va falloir que je jette un oeil rapidement à ce livre. Merci de l’info ! 🙂

  6. @david and @David: Very well damn this book, really. Good concept, beautiful pictures, recipes that make you want. Inspiring, indeed ...