Book Review: The Wandering Palate Cookbook of the Year

In the world of cookbooks, or perhaps it should be universe with new galaxy’s being discovered every day, how does one arrive at the Cookbook of the Year? It’s largely a personal choice although subjective as this is, there is I feel a strong element of objectivity as the choice of chef and the contents…

Book Review: Building Detroit’s Best in China

Last month, the US automaker General Motors sold a near-record 240,000 units, a 17 percent increase over August and 15 percent up year-on-year. In fact, General Motors is on track to sell more than 2 million cars in 2011 in China. Its September China sales were 37,000 units more than the carmaker sold in the…

Book Review: A Penetrating Look at the Philippine Supreme Court

Corrupt judges, politically motivated courts, lawyers more in money than justice: the roll call of abuse of legal systems in countries supposedly subject to the rule of law is a depressing experience even for those who are not victims. Worse still they provide murderous generals, absolutist political parties and even religions excuses for rejecting legal…

Book Review: An Oz chef’s culinary biography

One of Australia's most talented and charismatic chefs, Andrew Blake, has released his second cookbook, Blake’s Feast – A Life in Food. Even with the surfeit of cookbooks out there, this one is a must-have not only as an invaluable resource and inspirational culinary compendium, but an insightful and intriguing story of a chef’s endeavors…

Book Review: The Silk King’s Disappearance

On Easter Sunday 1967, the most famous American in Southeast Asia went for a short walk in the Malaysian hill station of Cameron Highlands and disappeared, as thoroughly as if he had been taken up into the air and vaporized. In the intervening 44 years, no trace has ever been found of the then 61-year-old…

Book Review: Crackdown on China’s Uyghurs

In February 1997, the Chinese government’s suppression of protests in Ghulja in northwest China thrust the Uyghur people briefly onto the world stage. The protests were an expression of dissent against the execution of Uyghur activists and a government crackdown on traditional Uyghur gatherings, or meshreps, which had been revived as a response to growing…

Book Review: Searching for Singapore’s Porn Star

'Singapore Rebel: Searching for Annabel Chong' by Gerrie Lim, Monsoon Books, paperback, S$19.80 in Singapore. Also available in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Amazon Kindle. Annabel Chong is the stage name for Grace Quek, a mild-mannered IT professional who in 1995 made porn history by being the sole female in what was…

Book Review: Kuan Yew’s Grim Vision

Book Review: Kuan Yew’s Grim VisionWhat will happen to Singapore when its 87-year old founding father Lee Kuan Yew dies? Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, a new 458-page book by journalists from the Straits Times based on a series of interviews with the man who led the city state for 31 years and has remained in the government since stepping down two…