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Thai Food and Cooking Hardcover – June 18, 2003

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"This is one book I would gladly buy to add to my collection." Bangkok Post" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Judy Bastyra is an accomplished author who has published over 20 books on food and social issues for both children and adults. When not writing books, she works as a freelance journalist and has contributed to The Times, Company, Good Housekeeping, BBC Good Food, Homes and Gardens and Woman's Own. Judy also works as a restaurant consultant devising new menus. She has appeared on many radio and television programmes for BBC Radio 4, LBC and BBC 1. Becky Johnson trained and worked as a chef at Villandry in London and Ballymaloe house in Southern Ireland before embarking on a two-year journey of culinary discovery through Asia, Australia and America. She now works freelance as a food stylist, for national newspapers, magazines and books as well as writing recipes and features in food magazines.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (June 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754812103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754812104
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,004,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This lovely book is artfully produced, with 2-3 attractive photographs per recipe, both of the food prep and the finished product.

This isn't just a cookbook. It is a primer on Thai history, cooking techniques, ingredients, equipment, and more, with over 60 non-recipe pages.

The recipes are given both in metric and US measurements. For example: 900 ml / 1 1/2 pints / 3 3/4 cups vegetable stock.

The recipes are explained with clarity, so that even if one is unfamiliar with the dish, it's easy to follow the instructions.

This book will help you produce beautiful, interesting, simple, delicious Thai meals.

This book is published in paperback as Thai: The Essence of Asian Cooking
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If you want classic, easy-to-follow Thai recipes then this should be your first Thai cookbook. It not only gives you the recipes, but the first section of the book introduces you to the basics of Thai ingredients and includes an overview of Thai culture. I've had my copy for over a year now and it's dog-eared and stained but it is still my favorite cookbook!
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There may be a typo in the title of the book online, but the quality of this book is absolutely surreal. Full high gloss pages with beautiful color photos, it goes way beyond the call of a cookbook and lays out some basics of Thai culture and life for you. This is more than a cookbook, it is an absolute learning tool in to Thai culture - my Thai girlfriend could verify many of the claims made by the book and many of the recipes, which is an absolute delight considering Thai cuisine isn't really one that can be comprehensively laid out - but this book does a damn good job of doing so.
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I own several ethnic/ regional cookbooks and having had very limited exposure to Thai food, I find this cookbook very easy to use- it's full of beautiful photography of what the finished dish should look like, has useful tips and is written in concise and clear language. Definitely a great book for someone who wants to learn more about Thai cooking.
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Format: Paperback
Starting with a short but interesting history of Thailand, the book moves into detailed and colorful information about each ingredient you might find in the recipes. Each one includes a picture, a description of the taste and use, and where do possibly find it. From there, the book moves into recipe in the categories of poultry, beef, fish, rice, noodles, salads, desserts, and appetizers. The recipes are easy to read, easy to follow, has pictures, and includes cooking tips.
I made my first recipe from the book. Beef Stew with Star Anise (p142). It was fan-freaking-tastic. Seriously, I ate two helpings – and would have eaten more but I’m trying to regain my girlish-figure. It’s important to remember, I am not a particularly good cook. So, if I can manage to follow a recipe and come up with something edible, it’s a cookbook worth experiencing. The book lays open nicely, which makes cooking from it easy.
Notes:
1) It is Thai cooking, which means there are a lot of ingredients. But most of them can be purchased at a local Asian market, as they are common to most Asian cooking (mung beans, fish sauce, lemongrass, star anise, Thai basil,). But if you haven’t ventured into an Asian store before, it’s a bit daunting. Be warned.
2) The book has the measurements in both American and British/Australian/European amounts. Meaning that it will say 30ml/2 tablespoons. This doesn’t detract from the recipes or cooking instructions, but it is important to note that it is a book for any English-speaker, regardless of what measurement system you are familiar with.
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It's a very nice book but the recipes are bit out there. I've lived in Thailand for over a dozen years and many of the recipes in this book are rare and almost impossible to find in an ordinary restaurant but that's not to say they wouldn't be delicious! My advice would be to decide if you want modern, typical Thai food or this fancier version that some Thais might not be familiar with.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE! I was looking for a good Thai cookbook with good recipes. This book had that plus more. It had the recipes, easy tips and hints and so many colored photos to help with the cooking process. I highly recommend this book for beginners or seasoned cooks looking to enjoy some Thai cuisine.
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this is a great cookbook for those of us who are novice Thai cooks. Clear, easy to follow instructions and great food!
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