Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Distribution Partner: Art Post Asia

We are pleased to announce that Select Books has been appointed by Art Post Asia as their exclusive distributor in Singapore.

Art Post Asia is a publishing and design group producing beautifully photographed books with compelling narratives on Asian art and culture, heritage and living traditions and contemporary aspects of lifestyle and design in and around Asia.

Their books cover special interest areas from the different places in Asia, portraying the natural environments, its peoples, and their treasured heritage.

Here we feature three of their publications:

Foodlore and Flavors: Inside The Southeast Asian Kitchen by Tan Su-Lyn.

Foodlore and Flavors takes you on a street-to-kitchen gastronomic tour around the 10 countries of Southeast Asia. With essays and contributions from 14 international culinary experts from the participating countries of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, this is the first ever publication to focus exclusively on the cuisines of all 10 member nations which make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while delving into the cultural significance of the region’s culinary folklore and traditions.

With a clear and highly visual approach, this book will serve as a key resource for authentic Southeast Asian recipes as well as an understanding of the cultural role that food plays in this part of Asia. Country contributors for this book include some of the region’s culinary experts and internationally known food writers like: Her Royal Highness of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Princess Norodom Marie Ranariddh; Malaysian food expert and TV personality, Chef Wan; Philippine television producer and cookbook publisher, Michaela Fenix Makabenta; Ms. Jasmine Taib of Brunei Darussalam; and Indonesian food writer, Sri Owen.

Southeast Asian Art and Culture: Ideas, Forms And Societies by Aurora Roxas-Lim.

The diverse cultures of Brunei
Darussalam, Cambodia,Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines,Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam, the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) individually present unique artistic forms and expressions that closely interface with their history, society, and religion.

This book shows art and culture across Southeast Asia drawing from similar and yet diverse local mythical and religious beliefs, cultural traditions and cycles of migrations, trade, and political change.

Zhangzhou Ware Found in the Philippines: “Swatow” Export Ceramics From Fujian 16th-17th Century by Rita C. Tan.

Ceramics produced in the kilns in Zhangzhou region of Fujian province of China in the 16th and 17th centuries have been popularly known to the western scholars and collectors as “Swatow ware.”

The arrival of the European maritime traders in the 16th to 17th centuries opened up a new horizon in China’s trade with the foreign countries. The affluent European market became the main focus of Chinese potters in Jingdezhen, the biggest ceramic producing center in China. Zhangzhou “Swatow” ware produced in Fujian during this era was more to meet the demand of the neighboring countries in Asia. With the abundance of local finds of this group of ware in the Philippines, this publication serves to prove that faced with a new trading scenario in the region, the Philippines continued to be a thriving market of China’s ceramic trade like she used to be in the Song and Yuan dynasties or 11th to14th centuries.

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