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Bangkok Street Food is the kind of book that can easily go from kitchen to backpack, with simple but fiercely authentic recipes and the sort of travel guidance that can only come from really passionate eaters. - SeriousEats.com

...really quite lavishly photographed–and packed full of recipes… --http://leitesculinaria.com/81453/recipes-thai-grilled-pork.html

About the Author

Tom Vandenberghe is a fervent traveller, he visited Thailand several times and even lived there for a while. He is an expert in Thai food and regularly organises workshops. Luk Thys is a photographer, who has already illustrated several cookery books for Lannoo. Els Goethals is a food stylist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc) (October 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9020987836
  • ISBN-13: 978-9020987836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By asharp on October 18, 2010
I have lived in Bangkok for a number of years and have never come across a Book about everyday Thai cuisine more extensive than Bangkok Street Food.
This is not just a book of recipes it is a journey through Bangkok street food culture- a tour-de-force of culinary delights.The author, Tom obviously has a very strong passion for Thailand and it's cuisine which comes through in this remarkable book. With over sixty well researched recipes illustrated with professionally taken photos of Bangkok and it's unique street food culture- Bangkok Street Food is much more than a book just about cooking. It is a document of Bangkok life itself which in it's best takes place on the streets and at street food stalls, small restaurants and markets. With a map of Bangkok indicating where to find the author's favourite places to dine on street food stalls, the visitor can explore Bangkok's back streets and find eateries off the beaten track which have been famous for locals for sometimes generations. Accompanying the recipes and photographs is a narrative of Tom's experiences eating his way around Bangkok from morning until night so detailed the reader can almost smell the fried chillies and prawns in the expertly taken photographs.

Bangkok Street Food is a must buy for anyone visiting Thailand or with an interest in Thailand and it's world famous cuisine..,,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yves on October 18, 2010
This book is a real must have for anyone travelling to Bangkok and Thailand or anyone looking for authentic Thai street food recipes! You can almost smell the wonderful aromas of Thai cuisine while flicking through the pages and can't help but get hungry looking at the mouth-watering pictures of aromatic noodle soups, colourful salads, exotic stir-fries and sweet desserts :-)

I have used this book myself when in Bangkok and it has led me to discover some true culinary gems! So it's not only a great cookbook, but also a great travel companion for every food lover exploring Bangkok and Thailand!!
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By Autamme_dot_com on February 26, 2013
What you might consider to be realistic Thai food - food that you can find on the streets when visiting Thailand - can be significantly different than the "Thai Food" you get at home from a local restaurant or supermarket. Similar, perhaps but maybe not really the same.

It is always depressing to see tourists neglecting local dishes when they are visiting from what clearly is a country with a totally different food culture, such as Americans visiting China or English people visiting India. It is natural to seek solace in what you know, but sadly too many will stick to the known chain takeaway foods, a culturally-sterile international style from many Westernised tourist hotels or maybe, if they are daring, what looks nearest to what they might have had at home.

This book is a different beast. It is both a guide to authentic food that you can find in Thailand (but not WHERE to find it) and it gives you a means to replicate the self-same food at home, whether before or after a holiday (or even during, if you are "self catering"). A deceptively small, firm little book this really does pack in the information without it feeling a burden or hassle to read.

Everything is intwined together. Introductory text and recipes, cultural sensitivities and social commentary, recipes and further exploration. If you don't have this book in front of you it could sound bewildering, a sort of neurotic book, but it isn't. It is quite a refreshing change to see a book organised in this manner as (the reviewer feels anyway) one is more likely to read and digest its contents.

By means of an example, if the section on grilled food is considered.
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By Eric S. on June 5, 2013
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Having just returned from living for 4 months in Bangkok, and being a picky connoisseur of Thai cookbooks, this book comes closest to capturing the breath and flavors of Thai street food from the central region.

The recipes call out authentic ingredients, rather than Westernized version, so I advise to make use of Asian markets to find the correct ingredients when possible. It makes a big difference in flavor authenticity, if that is your goal. However, just flipping through the photos to remember my experiences in this richly layered city, is also highly enjoyable.
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By Jay Belmont on September 30, 2013
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buy this book for yourself and your friends you will not regret it. the street food is where its at in bangkok and now you can bring that into your own kitchen!
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