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May 28, 2008 11:14 AM

Need rec for Thai cookbook

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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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  1. "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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    1. re: Joebob

      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.

      1. re: torty

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

        get a good used one here for a buck!

        great resource, btw,

    2. 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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      1. re: carswell

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

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

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        1. re: AlaskaChick

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

          1. re: alkapal

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

            1. re: AlaskaChick

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

              1. re: alkapal

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


                1. re: alkapal

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

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