on December 15, 2013
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. I have been cooking those for years but adjusting to the proportions according to this book, gave it a flavour boost and authentic taste! This book and "Thai food" by the same author, are the most authentic Thai recipes, I have come by. "Authentic" is the key ingredient of this book and that is what made it unique! Thank you Mr. Thompson, for explaining the processes so elaborately. Absolutely worship this book!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
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".
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2012
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.