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Vegan Thai Kitchen: 75 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes with Bold Flavors Paperback – November 26, 2019
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- Publisher : Page Street Publishing (November 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1624149006
- ISBN-13 : 978-1624149009
- Item Weight : 1.38 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.96 x 0.56 x 9.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First thing's first— I have to say that I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. But since every critical reviewer (as of this time of writing, there are 5) also seems to have not tried any recipes, I think my review/rebuttal is appropriate.
Current complaints amount to:
-"Too much sugar"— Of course it has sugar! It's Thai food! For the purists out there, you'll want to use palm sugar/jaggery instead of brown sugar. But the point is that many Thai dishes contain sugar—Thai food is salty, spicy, sour, and... sweet. There really isn't any substitute for sugar here. Honey isn't vegan and would add an odd taste. Use erythritol if you're concerned about calories. Or just omit entirely if you must. But being upset about sugar content is like buying a Mexican cookbook and being upset about the carbs. It's a characteristic of the cuisine.
-"Mushroom stir fry sauce is in every recipe!!"— Of course it is! Fish sauce is a key ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking, and there is truly nothing like it., but mushroom stir fry sauce contributes a bit of umami and is widely accepted as the best vegan substitute to date.
-"I can't find mushroom stir fry sauce (or some other ingredient)!!)— You can order from Amazon or buy from an Asian grocery store. Can't find it at Walmart? What do you expect?! You're trying to cook a cuisine from a country 8,000 miles away! Expect to visit some specialty grocery stores if you want to cook something authentic. If not, visit your local Panda Express and call it a day, y'all.
-"Recipes are too similar"— Of course they are! A lot of the criticism this book is receiving seem to be about the cuisine itself rather than the cookbook. You would not buy an Italian cookbook and complain that tomatoes are used too frequently or there are too many pasta dishes. You would not buy a Chinese cookbook and be upset about how often rice is used. You would not buy a Creole cookbook and be annoyed at the fact that many recipes require a roux. You would not buy a Mexican cookbook and say that too many recipes require tortillas or masa harina. Indian recipes often use asofetida, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, fennel, coriander, and and spices. Many French recipes start with mirepoix. Many Latin dishes, sofrito. And Thai? You're going to see a lot of galangal, tamarind, kaffir lime, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, Thai chiles, Thai basil, fish sauce (or mushroom stir fry sauce), and... sugar. :) It's what the cuisine is about. So, yes, some flavors will be repetitive.
-"The recipes are not appetizing."— Do you even Thai?!!?!?!?
I'm not affiliated with the author in any way, I'm just a snobby foodie who is frustrated that a potentially really good cookbook is being knocked for the cuisine itself. Thinking about how the author and her mom must feel makes my heart sink.
Still with me? Wow! Okay, now that I'm done replying to other reviewers, here's MY two cents: From what I've seen, there are lots of innovative/fresh (yet authentic) recipes, great photos, and clear directions. If you're vegan and actually know and like Thai food, you'll find recipes you'll want to cook in this book. I was happy to see that the author is Thai herself and provides the Thai name of each dish. I'm particularly excited to try her rendition of Jungle Curry/Kaeng Pa/แกงป่า. My only complaint is the price is steep for a cookbook with only 75 recipes, but I've seen worse. The Kindle version is a lot cheaper, so there's that.
Full list of recipes:
-Sweet and sour tempeh
-Stir-fried taro and potato with dried chiles
-Spicy basil tempeh
-Garlic and pepper tofu
-Jungle curry stir-fry
-Glass noodles with mixed vegetables
-Soft tofu yellow curry stir-fry
-Portobello mushrooms with soft tofu
-Tofu with celery in ginger sauce
-Sweet and sour crispy seaweed tofu
-Panang crispy seaweed tofu
-Three flavored crispy seaweed tofu
-Crispy seaweed tofu
-Three mushroom noodles
-Pad see eew with tofu
-Spicy noodles with tempeh/pad kee mao
-Spicy basil fried rice with tempeh
-Grandma fried rice
-Yellow curry fried rice
-Salted black olive fried rice
-Tom yum fried rice
-Super beans fried rice
-Crispy tofu dipped in sweet and sour sauce
-Spicy crispy sweet corn patties
-Enoki mushroom fritters
-Golden crispy taro
-Sugar snap peas
-Crispy curry soy curls
-Garlic and pepper hon-shimeji mushrooms
-Fresh veggie rolls
-Swimming rama with peanut dressing
-Three flavors tofu salad
-Banana blossom salad
-Sweet corn salad
-Glass noodle salad
-Tempeh lemongrass salad
-Green papaya salad
-Green mango salad on crispy tempeh
-Winged bean salad
-Spicy soy curls tom yum salad
-Glass noodle soup
-Banana blossom tom kha soup
-Lotus root tom yum soup
-The Pear Noodle salad
-Avocado green curry
-Mango red curry
-Taro-potato massaman curry
-Pineapple tempeh curry
-Assorted mushrooms curry
-Kabocha squash curry
-Mango sticky rice
-Banana spring rolls
-Corn and tapioca pudding
-Bananas in coconut milk
-Black sticky rice pudding
-Vegan Thai tea
-Vegan Thai iced coffee
-Vegan Thai iced green tea
-Thai lime iced tea
-Mango madness smoothie
-Phuket coconut shake
-Passionfruit and mango smoothie
-Pitaya breakfast smoothie
If I could have reviewed the recipes before ordering it I would not have bought it (you can see many recipes now in Look Inside). I am both vegan and gluten free which was part of the description. Many of the Sauces are three ingredients: Tamari, mushroom stir-fry sauce and brown sugar. There is no recipe for the mushroom stir-fry sauce and the only one I could find on-line was sold by Amazon and contained wheat flour and a lot of sugar. The recipes also were quite high in sugar. I had hoped to learn more about actual Thai cooking, spicing, and sauce making. Buy the book if you want something quick and easy and my concerns (and allergies) are not an issue. I think the intent of the authors is to provide something very accessible and vegan. It wasn't a good pick for me.