Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
Not Just Recipes, but an Understanding of What is Essential in Thai Food
on June 18, 2014
Like her Italy book, Sarah Fragoso has not simply made a cookbook--she has immersed herself in a culture and done her best to convey to her readers how this culture is expressed through food. While the Italy book taught me much about how Italians value slowing down to appreciate things and how they value fresh ingredients, this Thai book is has helped me to appreciate how Thai food is simultaneously precise (in flavor composition) and yet still personal. So these recipes are delivered in the most authentic fashion--preserving this precision of flavor--but with tips for how to personalize and tailor to my preference. While some ingredients are harder to find, this book has great suggestions in first of all, how to substitute, but more importantly: how to track them down to make the dish more authentic. This means I can use the book right away with what I have in my grocery store but I can also do a little hunting (with Fragoso's guidance in the book) to find some of the traditional ingredients to help me truly experience the dish accurately. I also love how the book helps you have options in using Rice/Rice Noodles or how to make creative alternatives out of common items like zucchini or cauliflower. If you love Thai food, but are leary of MSG and Gluten, this is simply the best cookbook I've ever seen. There's nothing like it out there.