Beginning with an exploration of Thailand's history and culture, the book then presents an extended section on rice, the centerpiece of the Thai meal. The "cookbook" follows, with a systematic introduction to the Thai kitchen, ingredients, and equipment. The chapter "Food Outside the Meal" is devoted to Thai snacks and vendor food, such as Stir-Fried Crisp Fish with Holy Basil. Noodle dishes include an exemplary pad thai, and sweet dishes like Grilled Bananas with Coconut Cream and Turmeric are also offered.
Readers should know that the recipes, published primarily for an Australian audience, give ingredients in a mix of metric and American measurements and/or with nonmetric equivalents, and that nomenclature is also sometimes foreign ("minced" for "ground" meat, for example). With photos throughout, the book sets a standard for Thai cookbooks to come while helping many cooks achieve the true, richly exotic cuisine. --Arthur Boehm
Talk about a phonebook! This cookbook has it all (Thai recipes that is). Be aware that the recipes are fairly complex and require a prior knowledge of Thai cooking (I refer to it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jess
My wife is Thai and checked this book out from the library. She fell in love with it and said even though it was written by British chef, it was beyond anything she could imagine... Read morePublished 6 months ago by TechiStan55
This is a very educational and entertaining book. Straight forward and easy to understand instructions if you have access to the Asian ingredients. Highly recommended.Published 7 months ago by Nick Harker
this is an excellent reference guide for your cookbook collection, i had checked this out from the library so many time i just had to have a copy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by david almekinder
This book not only explains Thai Food, it tells the story of Thai food.
It is an indepth look at Thai culture and history that culminates with their food. Read more
I am Thai but I learn so much from reading the book I especially love the in-depth break down of the spices and herbs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by panravee poolsawad
I bought this for my spouse and he is quite intrigued with this beautiful and comprehensive book. I would recommend it for more experienced cooks, as it is truly the "Oxford... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Teacher
Amazing book with great pictures and information. The recipes I've made are delicious. However, none of them give you the number of servings they make, which is frustrating when... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sloane
Since I bought this book, I can tell what Thai restaurants have skimped or cut corners on, or if they are really honest and fresh with their spices and herbs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by GadgetGirl