David Thompson's Tribute on Mae's Ancient Thai Food

“Ajarn Gobgaew was an inspiration to so many people by her cooking and kindness. I first met Gobgaew at a food conference two decades ago and her open-minded friendliness made me fall for her winning charms. We became fast friends – more than that as Gobgaew’s unerring taste was a certain guide in helping me learn about Thai food.

Gobgaew’s death was unexpected – she was writing recipes until the last, indicative of her strength and passion in providing culinary assistance to others.

Consequently, Carole’s book is a fitting tribute to Gobgaew’s vocation. It also maintains the Thai tradition of publishing an encomium to acknowledge the deceased.

This volume is full of true gems. I recall making the Chilli Jam with Gobgaew and will certainly want to make her Old Fashioned Soup. I can see her now, tasting, savouring, adjusting and advising. I miss Gobgaew and her cooking.

Vale Gobgaew and thank you Carole for making some of our teacher’s recipes available.”


“This was the best Thai food I’ve ever eaten in the UK. Every dish was mind blowing and the food just kept on coming.”

Full Review at Gingey Bites

Read what Brum and Beyond said about my pop up supper club at Bayleys of Bromsgrove

Read what I Choose Birmingham said about my food guide

“Dining enthusiast, Carole Mason, has spent two years in search of our city’s hidden food heroes. Deviating wildly from the beaten track she has traded in oft championed restaurants for pokey Persian bakeries and the most micro of microbreweries. Here’s six of her lesser known Brum food stars. The other 44 can be found on a spoon!” 

Full article here

Read what blogger chilli and mint said about my book

Read what That Day I Got Hungry said about the book

Read the Full to The Brum supper club review

The wonderful Monsoon Valley Wine Company

The lovely folks at Monsoon Valley Wine kindly sponsored my supper club at Bayleys of Bromsgrove

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