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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082846
  • Product Dimensions: 33.3 x 27.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a treasure. The recipes are authentic and that is what is unique about this book. Other Thai recipe books are catered to the western palate and ingredients market. This book stayed true to Thai palate and original ingredients. I agree few of the ingredients are difficult to find but not impossible. Most of these ingredients are available online from some distributers. If there are no Thai specialty store in the area, some of the ingredients are available in other ethnic grocery stores, too. For example, the lime paste that are used in a few desserts and snacks, are very easily found in any Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi grocery stores where they sell condiments that are eaten with betel leaves. They are usually kept on the shelves right beside betel-nuts. Also Banana leaves are readily available in any Sri-Lankan and South Indian grocery stores. Jasmine flower water and Rose water are available in these stores too. Galangal, Kafir lime leaves, Pandan leaves and Lemongrass are available fresh and frozen in any Chinese and Pilipino grocery stores. I bought the griddle to make Khanom Krok, from a Chinese store. I am a foodie and I live in Toronto, Canada. I fell head over hills in love with Thai food when I lived in Bangkok for 3.5 years when I was growing up. Now I often cook Thai food and I was for a long time looking for 100% authentic recipes for Thai street food. So far, this is the only book where I found recipe for the Thai wafers (Khanom Beuang). I have so far made Thai Cup cake (Khanom Krok), Boild Sticky Rice with Banana (Kao Dtom Jim) and Fried rice with crab (Kao Pat Bpuu). I "converted" to the recipes in this book to cook the Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yam Gung) and Green curry.Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peace on Dec 26 2010
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I received this as a Christmas gift and this book is beautiful. The cover and all the photographs inside are nice, I'll be placing it on the coffee table so my guests can have a look as well. It's nice to have background information about the different recipes and the story of Thai food. I have yet to try the recipes but I'm giving this 5 stars because it's nicely made. Looking forward to trying a recipe! Be sure to have plenty of room for this book, it's heavy and it's approximately 13" by 11".
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lbutler on April 1 2012
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The photography is beautiful in this book, very inviting and it really does make you want to make everything. However the ingredient list is very extensive for the most part and requires that you live in a large city that has a well stocked Asian market place. Again while the recipes look very delicious and obviously quite authentic, most of them are not something that you would whip up for lunch or dinner. I am not someone who typically purchases cookbooks for that reason so I very much enjoyed reading through the recipes and imagining if i could only get the ingredients that i would love to spend the time making them. A beautiful coffee table book and my 2 year old loves the photos too. I gave it 3 stars only because i have not been able to make any of the recipes. A real foodie book and i love it for that reason.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! Wonderful authentic recipes, great photography Sept. 23 2010
By C. Cutler - Published on
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David Thompson, the author of "Thai Food", the English-language "bible" of Thai cooking, has done it again!

I lived in Thailand for 3 years, and found the street food to be wonderful. You will find delicious morsels for sale on every street corner in Thailand - many Thais graze all day while running around getting their shopping and work done. This is the first cookbook I have ever found, even in Thailand, that captures all these delicious recipes in one place. The recipes are very authentic and approachable for the home cook. This is Thai "comfort food" at it's best. And mixed in with the excellent recipes are tons of outstanding photos that really capture the essence of the Thai street scene. As a photography book it could stand alone, even if you never cooked anything from it. But that would be a shame - I tried a couple of my street favorites this week, and the recipes were EXACTLY like I remember the taste.

An outstanding book - but I didn't expect anything less from David Thompson. If you don't have his other book, "Thai Food", you should consider adding that to your collection also. It's full of recipes that you rarely find in cookbooks outside Thailand (as well as all the old favorites), and some of my very favorites came from that book. Buy them together and you will never need another book on Thai cooking!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Thai Street Food -- the final word? Oct. 28 2010
By Phyllis F. Perkins - Published on
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This huge and heavy book will be of interest to anyone who wants to know and revel in the experience of Thai street food. For those who have traveled to Thailand, it will be worth having because of the authentic recipes and fabulous photos. For those who haven't been there but love Thai food as they know it in restaurants, it will be an educational experience in what the real food of Thailand -- at least as it is eaten in the markets and street stalls -- is all about. For people interested in the culture of Thailand, it is also a great book. David Thompson is as much an anthropologist as a chef. His book Thai Food is also as much an investigation to the history and culture of Thailand as it is a recipe book. It was a real work of scholarly research and of preserving the Thai haute cuisine. This book is similar except that as a study of street food it is at the other end of the culinary scale -- but not any the less delicious.

My one negative comment -- and the reason for only 4 stars instead of five -- is the weight of the book. It is huge and heavy. It can't be held comfortably to read -- it needs to be on a table and as such wouldn't be easy to work with in the kitchen when cooking any of the recipes. I would have paid extra to have the book have a companion text for just the recipes. As it is, I have to say its size and weight are a significant drawback. Perhaps Thompson and his editors and publisher expected that no one would actually use it as a cookbook, but even reading it is a challenge -- and I'm no dainty lightweight!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Well worth it... Dec 22 2010
By Lobo - Published on
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I read the other reviews before purchasing this book. While I understand the few low scores, it's still the most beautiful, accurate and helpful book on Thai cooking that I've ever seen. I lived on and off in Thailand for years and this book absolutely captures the essence of Thai street food. While a few of the ingredients can be a challenge to find, the overwhelming majority are easily found at any Asian market like the ones in any big U.S. city. There are also online Thai grocers that will ship harder to find items. While there are a great many pictures that are unrelated to the specific recipes, they capture the feel of what it's like to eat on the street in Thailand. Moreover, the Thai transliteration of ingredients is hugely helpful to me - something I've wished I had for a long time. I've cooked several things from this book and they're all delicious. My wife (who is Thai) insists that if she didn't know a farang was cooking, she'd have assumed it was a Thai cook.

My only complaint is that the book is far too big and heavy to be practical in the kitchen. However, I think the fact that there are large color pictures of *every* dish is fantastic and something that I wish all cookbooks had. Add in the healthy Amazon discount and buying this book is a no-brainer...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another great book by a Master Oct. 18 2010
By Mitchell C. Green - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of David's work for a very long time (over 15 years) and I have always found his written work to be the equal of his undoubted culinary skills.

He is witty and charming in real life and absolutely passionate about most, if not all, aspects of Thai culture and he is able to convey this passion and wit in his written work as well which is no mean feat.

There are some recipes in this book which are easy to do and are a great way for someone new to preparing this type of food at home, for the first time. As well as the easier recipes there are some more complex ones which are very satisfying to make and produce absolutely delicious food.

Generally these recipes are easier and more accessible than the ones contained in his seminal work "Thai Food" which is I think is only to be expected.

I can highly recommend this book to most cooks except perhaps for the very beginners but even then I think there is something that can be gained by reading this book. There is always something new to learn!

17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great recipes, very irritating organization Dec 27 2010
By Lumpy - Published on
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I lived in Thailand for five years and studied Thai cooking while I was there so I can see that these recipes are good and accurate. However, good luck finding them! There is no index and things are only organized by the time of day they're eaten. If you're not already familiar with these dishes, and even if you are familiar with these dishes, you will find it irritating trying to find what you want. Makes a good coffee table book/conversation piece.

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