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No.19 May 28, 2008 11:14 AM

Hi there! My sister-in-law has been taking cooking classes in Thai food and her birthday is coming up. Any recommendations for a good Thai cookbook? She's an excellent cook, so doesn't need beginner-level recipes. Since we're in the San Francisco Bay Area, she should have access to most of the ingredients.

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    Joebob RE: No.19 May 28, 2008 05:19 PM

    "Thai Home-Cooking From Kamolmal's Kitchen" by William Crawford and Kamolmal Pootaraksa, Plume Books, NYC, 1985 is good and it has the best panang curry recipe I've ever had.

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      torty RE: Joebob May 29, 2008 03:47 PM

      Oh my! that was my first Thai cookbook as well (paperback). Lots of good basic info but I would imagine it is out of print? I still consult it when questions about basics come up.

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        alkapal RE: torty May 30, 2008 03:08 AM

        for those who aren't needing a new book as a gift....

        get a good used one here for a buck! http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Searc...

        great resource, btw, abebooks.com

    2. carswell RE: No.19 May 28, 2008 06:45 PM

      David Thompson's Thai Food. Not a book for beginners or the impatient but a gold mine of information and a wide-ranging compendium of authentic recipes.

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        bob192 RE: carswell May 31, 2008 07:52 AM

        2nd for David Thompson's book, read it straight through like a novel!

      2. AlaskaChick RE: No.19 May 29, 2008 11:03 AM

        Keo's Thai Cuisine is my favorite - good selection great pics

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          alkapal RE: AlaskaChick May 30, 2008 03:05 AM

          we like the beautiful keo's book, too. the evil jungle prince veggies are amazin'!

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            AlaskaChick RE: alkapal May 30, 2008 08:47 AM

            That's my favorite dish - love it and love telling folks I'm serving "evil jungle prince"!

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              alkapal RE: AlaskaChick May 30, 2008 08:57 AM

              do you have to "move away from the spice mix" once you add the chilis into the hot pot? we almost choke!

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                Big Bunny RE: alkapal May 30, 2008 01:20 PM

                Lately I have tried using a painter's dust mask. It helps some, but is awkward.


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                  AlaskaChick RE: alkapal Jun 2, 2008 08:47 AM

                  Yep - at first you think mmmmmm...that smells good, then step back a bit and hold your breath. LOL

          2. Sam Fujisaka RE: No.19 May 29, 2008 05:31 PM

            Owen, W. et al. 1992. Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook. Weldon International: San Francisco.

            Schmitz, Puangkram, and Michael Worman. 1985. Practical Thai Cooking. Kodansha International: New York.

            1. pattisue RE: No.19 May 29, 2008 06:50 PM

              Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid.

              1. greedygirl RE: No.19 May 30, 2008 03:05 AM

                I like A Taste of Thailand by Vatcharin Bhumichitr. Probably not as comprehensive as David Thompson, but a lot cheaper and all the recipes I've tried have been delicious. I've also got his Asian Salads and Stylish Thai in Minutes.

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                  torty RE: greedygirl May 30, 2008 06:16 PM

                  All of his books are great. The background narrative and photos are also helpful in giving you a true taste of the cuisine.

                2. Romanmk RE: No.19 May 30, 2008 12:06 PM

                  Dances With Shrimp by Kasma Loha-unchit. Fantastic authentic book.

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                    sel RE: Romanmk May 30, 2008 02:51 PM

                    Both of her books are out of print!

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