About Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

Jeffrey Alford | Naomi Duguid

Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford are avid travelers, cooks, photographers, and writers who’ve worked together since meeting in Tibet in 1985. Their interest lies in understanding staple foods in their cultural context, and the duo were recently the subject of an award-winning documentary by Jacques Menard called “The Recipe Diaries.” They’ve coauthored half a dozen cookbooks, including Hot Sour Salty Sweet, a James Beard Cookbook of the Year. @naomiduguid @jeffreyalford

A glass of Vietnamese iced coffee, made with layers of sweetened condensed milk, coffee, and ice cubes with a coffee drip over it.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee | Ca Phe Sua Da

A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here’s how to succumb at home.

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Pomelo Salad

Pomelo Salad

The sweetly sour exuberance of this salad gives us a shivery chill that we crave nonstop—even in the dead of winter.

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Ginger and Carrot Stir-Fry

Ginger and Carrot Stir-Fry

There’s nothing wallflowerish about this stir-fry, not with its gingery zing of tongue-tingling, sinus-clearing, tummy-settling ginger. Nothing at all.

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Pad Thai noodles, crunchy noodles. cucumber, bean sprouts, and lime wedges in a bowl, a bottle of chile-vinegar

Classic Pad Thai

Unspeakably more nuanced than takeout Thai, these stir-fried noodles boast a sigh-inducing balance of salty, sour, and sweet.

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Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Thai Chile-Vinegar Sauce | Nam Som

A little tart, a little sweet, and a little hot, this Thai staple is both dipping and drizzling sauce. One taste and you’ll understand why it’s a classic.

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Szechuan spice-rubbed pork loin covered with ground Szechuan peppercorns, condiments on the side

Szechuan Spice-Rubbed Pork

For this easy-peasy Weeknight Winner™, a kicky mix of Szechuan pepper, black pepper, and nutmeg is rubbed over a pork butt then all is deliciously roasted.

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Ceramic bowl of romaine lettuce with hot beef dressing, garlic, and ginger

Lettuce Salad with Hot Beef Dressing

For this lettuce salad, a beef dressing made from warm spices, oil, vinegar, and seared beef is pour over. The hot beef dressing wilts the lettuce leaves.

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Savory Bangkok Waffles

Bangkok Waffles with Dipping Sauce

These lacy Asian waffles are more like pancakes made with tiny shrimp, coconut milk, lime juice, and cilantro. The sauce adds a touch of saltiness and heat.

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A partially frosted three-layer walnut torte on a vintage cake stand with a bowl of whipped cream and a knife beside it.

Three-Layer Walnut Torte

Want oohs and aahs at the table? Here’s your answer. Three layers of impossibly light and airy walnut cake. You’re welcome.

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Three cookies--two balls, one oblong--with circular and perforations decorations on top on a wire rack

Traveler’s Date Cookies

Popular in Lebanon and Syria, these sweets are rich semolina cookies shaped around a date paste perfumed with orange-flower water and rose water. Delicate.

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