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Real Vegetarian Thai Paperback – March 1, 1997
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The recipes are imaginative, healthy, straightforward to make, and they work beautifully. Many of them are vegan, and adaptations are usually suggested for those which are not. A "Basic Recipes" section gives recipes for essentials such as the different curry pastes, roasted chilli paste, vegetable stock, and "mushroom mince" (which she has invented to replace minced meat in traditional recipes).
Some examples of recipes included are:
Crispy spring rolls with sweet and hot garlic sauce
Green papaya salad
Jasmine rice soup with mushrooms, green onions and crispy garlic
Red curry with eggplant and sweet peppers
Butternut squash in fresh green curry
Coconut ice cream
Thai iced tea
To my surprise, Thai cookery turned out not just to be possible for vegetarians and vegans (an astonishing number of recipes are here, and meat-eaters will certainly not feel deprived), but the ingredients are easy to find, the recipes easy to make, and the results are dazzling.
In response to the reviewer who wondered if this cookbook was on the short side because of its vegetarianism -- removing fish paste/fish sauce from Thai food is non-trivial, since it's in almost everything. In some dishes, it mainly adds salt, and soy sauce can (and is) a usual substitute. Others, I'd imagine, just don't taste right without it. That said, I'd love it if this cookbook were longer, since what it includes is wonderful.
If you're not vegetarian, the same author has a non-veggie thai cookbook as well. (According to the specs, it's a few pages shorter, but I haven't looked at it.)
The Fried Cashews with Chilies and Green Onions is a particularly good recipe.
If you like Thai food this is a nice cookbook to have in your library. Also, if you like spicy food or Chinese food, I suggest that you give this book a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book, but I'd much rather put in on my kitchen shelf than on my kindle. Kindle is not a good format for this information.Published on March 19, 2014 by jeanne pizzimenti
This is my favorite cookbook of all time. I make the curry recipes several times per week, and I have yet to get sick of them. I have also tried all the soups. AMAZING!!!Published on January 28, 2014 by Kathryn A. Gordon
This cookbook has easy to understand recipes and gives a comprehensive view of Thai cooking. I especially appreciate the gardening tips and the basic curry paste recipes.Published on December 20, 2013 by Rod S.
I've been cooking from this cookbook for several years. The recipes are clear and simple to follow. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
these recipes are not only delicious but are also reminiscent of the food i had in thailand! nancie gives plenty of information on ingredients and procedures which makes these... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Julie H. Dockery
I am just starting to learn about Thai cooking, and this book is a big help. Some of the ingredients will be not so easy to find, but that is not the fault of the book. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by red riding hood
I gave this to a vegetarian who wanted to learn how to cook & loves Thai food. She was thrilled to get it.Published on January 20, 2013 by S. D. Huguet
This cookbook was a present to a vegetarian and she loves it! It is oftentimes semi difficult to find certain ingredients for a few of the recipes (Meaning you most likely will... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by John Harris