Royal Rebel

Posted October 24, 2016 by samakireads in book / 0 Comments

Royal Rebel Book Cover Royal Rebel
Soma Norodom
WaveCloud Corporation
August 3, 2016

In June 2010, Soma moved to Cambodia to take care of her sick father, who had decided to move from California to his homeland, and stay for the remainder of his life. She established the first English-speaking radio talk show in the country and later became a Columnist for the Phnom Penh Post.

As a direct descendant of King Norodom I, the Founder and Patriarch of the Cambodian Royal Family, Soma embraced her new title as a Princess of Cambodia. She learned to speak the language and became knowledgeable about the history and culture.

She made it a project to educate herself about the political issues and started questioning the authorities. Her Phnom Penh Post columns annoyed the Government, and on October 29, 2012, she was accused of Incitement.

Alienated by her Royal Family, friends, and colleagues, Soma was alone in the fight for Freedom of Expression. Only one man could save her.


Angkor Tears

Posted October 17, 2016 by samakireads in book / 0 Comments

Angkor Tears Book Cover Angkor Tears
The Angkor Series Book 2
Steven W. Palmer
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
August 6, 2016

Someone is killing Cambodian children and leaving no clues behind. It’s enough to draw English journalist Dave Bell back to Cambodia after an impassioned plea from an old friend, despite the country holding so many dark memories for him. Bell puts together an unlikely team of allies, including a social worker, a Cambodian General, and a young computer wizard from Bangkok. Together they begin to unravel the mystery that is striking fear across the Kingdom. But as they get closer to the truth they realise that they’re in a race against time to save a child’s life. Can they find the truth lurking in the shadows and stop a monster killing again?


Cambodia Past: Explaining the Present

Posted October 10, 2016 by samakireads in book / 0 Comments

Cambodia Past: Explaining the Present Book Cover Cambodia Past: Explaining the Present
Etienne F Aymonier, Joel Montague (Editor), Marie-Helene Arnauld
DatASIA, Inc.
August 8, 2016

An original English language translation of Etienne Francois Aymonier's 1875 French Language "Notice Sur le Cambodge." Aymonier presents a succinct view of Cambodia in the mid-nineteenth century, as seen by an expatriate who actively observed and studied it for several years. It is a valuable informative record of that time and place, and in describing Cambodia's pre-colonial past, its culture, customs and traditions, it is also useful in explaining present day Cambodia. The historic photographs of Cambodia captured by French photographer Emile Gsell between 1866 and 1875 have been added to illustrate the text and to describe Cambodia in the first dozen years after it became a French Protectorate.


Dara Palmer’s Major Drama

Posted October 3, 2016 by samakireads in book / 0 Comments

Dara Palmer's Major Drama Book Cover Dara Palmer's Major Drama
Emma Shevah
Chicken House Ltd
August 6, 2015

Meet eleven-year-old Dara Palmer. She loves dancing and dreams of being a world-famous actress which means she has to get the main part in the school play. When she doesn't get any part at all, Dara begins to wonder whether it's because of her looks rather than her acting skills. But Dara has big ideas and is determined not to let prejudice stop her from being in the spotlight.


Num Pang: Bold Recipes from New York City’s Favorite Sandwich Shop

Posted September 26, 2016 by samakireads in book / 0 Comments

Num Pang: Bold Recipes from New York City's Favorite Sandwich Shop Book Cover Num Pang: Bold Recipes from New York City's Favorite Sandwich Shop
Ratha Chaupoly, Ben Daitz and Raquel Pelzel
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
May 17, 2016

100 Cambodian- and Southeast Asian-inspired recipes from New York's favorite sandwich shop

In a city with so many great sandwich joints, Num Pang Sandwich Shop is a standout, receiving high praise from numerous sources including Bon Appétit and Zagat. First opened in 2009 by Ratha Chaupoly and Ben Daitz, the restaurant introduced New York City to Cambodian-inspired sandwiches and sides. Today, there are six locations in the city with more in the works. Num Pang sandwiches are similar to Vietnamese banh mi, but what makes them so special is the inventive fillings, ranging from Glazed Five-Spice Pork Belly to Seared Coconut Tiger Shrimp to Hoisin Meatballs. The book provides recipes for all the fan favorites as well as ones for condiments like Pickled Five-Spice Asian Pears, sides like the Sambal Chili–Glazed Chicken Wings, soups and stews like Curried Red Lentil Soup, salads like Green Papaya Salad, and drinks like Cambodian Iced Coffee. With touches of graffiti art inspired by the chain’s signature urban, hip-hop style, Num Pang looks just as bold as the mouthwatering recipes taste.