Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu – 4 Stars

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen


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Book Synopsis:

Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.

The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.

All of Leela’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With chapters on key ingredients and tools, base recipes, one-plate meals, classic rice accompaniments, and even Thai sweets, Simple Thai Food is a complete primer for anyone who wants to give Thai cooking a try. By the end of the book, you’ll be whipping up tom yam soup and duck red curry that will put your local takeout joint to shame. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover an exciting new world of Thai flavors and dishes—including Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites, and Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce—that will open your eyes to all the wonderful possibilities that real Thai cooking has to offer.

My Review:

Yes you are in the right place, and yes I am reviewing a cookbook.  I am also very late in getting this review posted, the book got lost in the sea of papers on my coffee table…  Anyway I am here now and ready to attempt my first cookbook review.  Confession time.  I have not made any of the recipes in this book, I am not a big cook and tend to stick to what I know or Turkish recipes for the hubby.  I do love Thai food though and every once in a while get a craving for it, so when I saw this book available over at blogging for books I put in a request.  But since I have not actually made any of the recipes…yet,  my review is solely for the book content, its writing.

The book is simply beautiful and I appreciate that the cover is printed, not a dust jacket, so it much more practical for actual use in a kitchen.  The pages too are heavy and have a little bit of a sturdier feel to them, so this book will probably hold up better than other cookbooks I have for use while preparing one of its meals.  The recipes don’t look too complicated, or rather the author did an excellent job of providing enough tips and instruction that I felt I could probably pull the ones off that I am interested in.

She also provides some great information regarding how to stock your kitchen and the importance of different ingredients in Thai cooking, she also gives tips on where to find them, go so far as listing websites even.  Many of the recipes also include tantalizing pictures of the finished products and sometimes steps along the way.  I liked how the book was broken down into typical types of meals prepared in Thai kitchens and it seemed that each dish included a personal anecdote that was often humorous and provided more understanding of how the dish fit into the culture.  It was also interesting to have the names of each recipe in not only English, but also Thai, in western alphabet and what looks to be Thai characters as well.

Like I said this is a beautifully done book and I am determine to get around to preparing something from it, eventually.  Regardless it was still an interesting read and I am happy to have it in my home library.


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