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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; Third Edition edition (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778802825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778802822
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This provides beginners with over 100 easily-prepared Thai dishes: unlike most Thai cookbooks, most can be prepared in under 30 minutes using ordinary ingredients available in any market (though access to an Asian market may be required for some items such as lime leaves and lemon grass). -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Wandee Young is a major contributor to the ongoing interest in Thai cooking and runs several successful restaurants.

Byron Ayanoglu is a restaurant critic, food writer and bestselling author.


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Customer Reviews

If you love good Thai food, you'll love this book.
B. Beals
In other words, now that I have wonderful master recipes to start from/work with, I can adjust to suit my specific tastes and needs.
M
The steps in each recipe are well described and easy to follow.
LucindaHG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used to go to one of Wandee Young's restaurants in Toronto all the time with my friends, so when I discovered that she had published a cookbook (including recipes from her restaurant), I was thrilled. Ever since I have bought this book I have prepared delicious meal after meal. My favorite dish is the Thai Spicy Noodles (with Pork). The preparation of this food is just as pleasurable as the consumption. As you cook, the wonderful smells of all the ingredients blending together will send shivers of delight down your spine. After eating Thai cuisine, my big complaint is the blandness of North American food. Thai cuisine is much healthier, just as easy to prepare, and bursting with flavor. Do yourself a favor and order this book now.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Waters on June 9, 2003
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This is one of the first Thai cookbooks I purchased. Since then I have purchased several others, but I keep coming back to this one as my starting point for creating an Asian menu. As most other reviewers have stated, the directions are clear and the ingredient list is manageable. Young offers some helpful tips along the way to make it easier.
Some of the humor sprinkled throughout the book is an unexpected surprise. I love the spicy chile sauce recipe where the last step is "call the fire department". There could be more photos in my opinion, but that is not a major issue.
All in all a good investment is you want to learn how to cook Thai food. And if you are like me, living in an area that is devoid of closeby Thai restaurants, it is a necessity for those of us who need our Thai "fix" on a regular basis.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By dawnish@gv.net on December 7, 1997
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Thai food lovers will dance around the kitchen while preparing these recipes,and those who dine at the table will widen their eyes in amazement that you, yes you, could have prepared such an incredibly authentic meal in such a remarkably short time. I have turned my 10 year old onto Thai, and prepared a dinner for 8 in less than an hour. This cookbook makes me a hero everytime. Low fat, high flavor, my friends are all asking me to gift them with this book for Christmas. I will do so willingly...Nothing would make me happier than to have them all cooking Simply Thai for me.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LucindaHG on January 21, 2003
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Every recipe is an eye-popping wow of a winner! I love Thai cuisine and had no idea how to make it. All the ingredients are nicely described in the opening chapter "Thai Cooking: Hot and Lively." Here in the Washington, DC area, I easily found them all except lime leaves. You do want a wok, I think, though a frying pan is possible.
Back in the kitchen, the recipes are organized by main ingredient (with an index of English and Thai names), and side bars describe the dishes and their preparation in brief. The steps in each recipe are well described and easy to follow. After a few recipes, I started to find the steps similar, even predictable. Some steps can be done in different orders to make kitchen cleanup easier.
It really is simple. Now I feel comfortable substituting this or that vegetable or meat. The authors sometimes offer such tips. This book taught me to cook in the Thai style! Thank you!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sonulya on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been using this book for about a year now and have used many of the recipes. The results beat any Thai restaurant. Do not be frightened by the long lists of ingredients, as they are not hard and the recipes are very clear.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on January 30, 2009
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The authors have taken classic Thai dishes and converted them to home kitchen use. Some require quite a few steps if you want to cook entirely from scratch (such as Pad Thai) but most take only about 10 minutes once the chopping is done. Doing several items as part of a meal should take less than an hour, including chopping.

The instructions are detailed, telling you to cook something for 30 seconds, 2 minutes, or whatever. Some recipes may require 4-6 such steps because different ingredients cook at different rates. But the instructions are all here, and they're clear. This detail is s key for Thai cooking since the idea is to cook quickly at very high heat. My young-teenager son is an enthusiastic sous chef and can do most of these recipes.

The meals are also tasty, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

You will need access to an Asian grocery store for most of the recipes, though you could probably get by with getting a couple of the spices from a mail-order spice store.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lyn E. Young on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
From the first recipe I tried which was the basil chicken and sweet and sour tofu, I knew I hit upon a great Thai cookbook. Together with Real Thai by Nanci McDermott, these two books firmly established my reputation as a great cook. Every single thing I made came out delicious. The recipes are not time consuming, the ingredients are easily available, the direction is clear and guides you step-by-step and the taste is incredibly delicious. I finally can make these dishes that I used to buy all the time. Very flexible and workable recipes.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gerald K. Osborne on December 2, 2002
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Like many others, I've wanted to learn to cook Thai for some time now but have always been intimidated by what I thought was going to be complex, high energy cooking...Boy was I wrong. This book has enabled me to indulge my passion for cooking while still allowing me to make healthy food choices. Thanks Wanda! [When can we expect another book? I've made almost everything in this cookbook (some more than once).]
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