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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hot, sweet, and ... two other adjectives

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I was just flipping through "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi's new cookbook, which came out last month. Many of the recipes in "Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet" sound intriguing -- hot and sour fruit chaat, yellow velvet lentil soup with cumin and dried plums, lamb meatballs in creamy spinach sauce, and Madras-style chicken curry are some of the dishes I'd like to cook.

But there's something oddly familiar about the book. That title ...

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... It's so familiar. I wonder if much-respected cookbook authors Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid -- whose "Hot Sour Salty Sweet" came out seven years earlier -- were just a bit miffed when they saw it.

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