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Many ethnic cuisines seem forbidding to the home chef because exotic ingredients aren’t readily available and because of the required painstaking (and time-consuming) preparations. Relax in the hands of newbie author and experienced food-blogger Punyaratabandhu, who streamlines her way to the table with popular dishes like satay, pad thai, curries, and congees, among others. Not content with simplifying instructions, she also identifies which foodstuffs can accept substitutes and which can’t (like lemongrass and galangal). Even better, there’s an appended list of online ordering sources for those nonmetro dwellers. The more than 100 recipes fall into one of four categories: noshes and nibbles, rice accompaniments, one-plate or bowl meals, and sweets, each with a colorful preface. With her instructions (and assurances), readers just might try oxtail soup, rice congee with pork dumplings and eggs, herb-baked cashews, and pumpkin custard. Many of the basic recipes that inform Thai cooking are gathered at the back, from steamed glutinous rice (aka sticky rice) to all types of curry paste. This is a new appreciation for a quiet cuisine. --Barbara Jacobs
"Thai has long been underrepresented in my pantry, my refrigerator and on my cookbook shelves because I never felt I had enough support to cook much beyond a beef curry made with canned coconut milk and a commercial red curry paste. Punyaratabandhu's practical and calming tone -- plus her delicious-sounding recipes -- make me want to do much more Thai cooking." - The Chicago Tribune
"I have generally found "Quick," "Easy," and "Simple" to be disingenuous labels when it comes to Thai cookbooks [...] But Punyaratabandhu seems to pull it off, coming up with recipes that are weeknight-doable yet electric with ingredients you can just about find if you try hard [...]. Shortcuts or not, they're desperately delicious." - National Public Radio
I can't vouch for how authentic the recipes are but the ones I have made so far have been great. I would highly recommend the "spicy basil chicken and fried egg and rice. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Brandon C. Rich
I stumbled across Leela's blog while looking for new asian recipes that a white girl might be able to cook. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Juliana
The book is terrible.The problem about books on home kitchens is that they cover all sorts of recipes not related to the topi, in this case Thai cooking. Read morePublished 20 days ago by icp-pinoy
This book has very detailed general explanations, and very informative - and conveniently structured - recipes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SH, Chicago
Wowie, the recipes in this book are fabulous! I was very impressed and am trying more and more of them. Kudos to the author.Published 2 months ago by Blue Ocean 2000
I've been following Leela's blog (shesimmers.com) for a long time. I have tried a number of her recipes and they all are outstanding. Really amazing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Sadd