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James Syhabout



James Syhabout is the chef/co-owner of Commis and Old Kan Beer & Co. He is the only chef in Oakland with a Michelin-star restaurant — first learned about food, taught by his mom in the language of refugees, in a culture of kin-related by circumstance. His food relies on quiet gestures: the subtle juiciness of chervil stems in a pork dish, or the gilded scent of caramelized onion in a savory financier cookie.

His new book is "Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots."

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Embrace the Exotic
Michelin-starred chef James Syhabout brings a taste of his exotic upbringing to Tucson. Inspired by the open air "hawker markets" of Thai and Laos of his childhood, James explores these cuisines with a true chef's mind in his new book "Hawker Fare." Don't miss the opportunity to travel around the world, all from the comfort of your kitchen.

Culinary Stage (Seats 266)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: James Syhabout
Moderator: Bryan Hill

Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef's Isan Thai & Lao Roots
January 2018
ISBN 9780062656094
Hardcover, 368 pages
$39.99, INSTORE
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From chef James Syhabout of two–Michelin-star restaurant Commis, an Asian-American cookbook like no other—simple recipes for cooking home-style Thai and Lao dishesJames Syhabout’s hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant in San Francisco is the product of his unique family history and diverse career experience. More/less

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