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Favorite "Thai" Cookbook

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As I continue to hunker down, I'm attempting to get better at cooking stuff from cultures/places we'd normally go out to eat for. I can find some pretty darn good Thai food in Elmhurst, for example. However, we're not going out to eat, so it's my stove and me.

 

I own the following Thai cookbooks:

 

Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions [A Cookbook] - David Thompson

 

Thai Food - David Thompson

 

True Thai: The Modern Art of Thai Cooking - Victor Sodsook

 

Keo's Thai Cuisine –  Keo Sananikone 

 

May Kaidee's Thai Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbook - May Kaidee (she opened a restaurant right across the street from our building a year or two ago - it was good the first tine we ate there, then it sucked).

 

There might be one or two others, but I'm tired of scanning my bookshelves. And yes, I know Ricker has a few books, because someone who can't keep a restaurant open ought be writing cookbooks.  And yes, I know I can look at youtube videos, web sites, blogs, etc. etc. But I'm old school - I enjoy holding a book in my hands, getting it dirty, writing in the margins, putting stupid Post-It flags on pages with recipes I might attempt (especially since I just ordered a ton of Thai pantry stuff).

 

So - what Thai cookbook am I missing? And what Thai cookbooks do you own - and cook from?

 


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Nancie McDermott's Quick & Easy Thai - Everyday Recipes was recently recommended to me by several friends (including @Jaymes) on another forum. Jaymes reports that she and her son cook regularly from it and like the results. So far I can only pass along the recommmendation, though. I borrowed the book last week (via Kindle) and then forgot I had it. That's another disadvantage of electronic books!

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David Thompson's works are great. I agree.  I find Thai Food is fascinating but I don't find myself making anything from it.  I like Andy Ricker's Pok Pok book - it's good for northern Thai and some Isaan. He also has a good discussion on substituting chilies that are typically used in Thailand with ones we can find in the NY area.  I also like https://hot-thai-kitchen.com/ or her You Tube channel. I'm not usually a fan of her non-Thai recipes, but her Thai ones ahve been reliable and tasted similar to what I've had in Thailand.

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Not at the level of David Thompson, a more entry-level Thai cookbook that I've enjoyed cooking from is Leela Punyaratabandhu's Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Her second book, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand, is also good.  Her website is here

 

Her most recent book came out in March.  I haven't seen it and it's not Thai:  Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill: Classic Recipes for Seafood and Meats Cooked over Charcoal

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I am a fan of Charmaine Solomon.  She has a Thai cookery book that I have used forever and her The Complete Asian Cookbook has a Thai section.  I don’t think I Have made anything from either book that I did not like.  

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While I have a few others, under the banner of KISS, I reach for Keo's Thai Cuisine, mentioned above.    Approachable product and instruction.  But most important, reliable and delicious results.   I have one copy in town, one in the country where I have fewer than 2 dozen cookbooks.   Should say something.


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12 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

Not at the level of David Thompson, a more entry-level Thai cookbook that I've enjoyed cooking from is Leela Punyaratabandhu's Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Her second book, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand, is also good.  Her website is here

 

Her most recent book came out in March.  I haven't seen it and it's not Thai:  Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill: Classic Recipes for Seafood and Meats Cooked over Charcoal

 

I have both Simple Thai Food and Bangkok.  I should revisit them.

 

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13 hours ago, Okanagancook said:

I am a fan of Charmaine Solomon.  She has a Thai cookery book that I have used forever and her The Complete Asian Cookbook has a Thai section.  I don’t think I Have made anything from either book that I did not like.  

 

Thanks for that reminder, Okanagancook. I have her Complete Asian. I'll pull that out before looking for more Thai cookbooks. :) 

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"There comes a time in every project when you have to shoot the engineer and start production." -- author unknown

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My vote also goes to David Thompson... with the disclaimer that it's the only Thai cookbook I've ever owned so I have nothing to compare it to. :P 

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