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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.

  1. Romanmk May 30, 2008 12:06 PM

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

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      sel May 30, 2008 02:51 PM

      Both of her books are out of print!

    2. greedygirl 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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      1. re: greedygirl
        torty 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. pattisue May 29, 2008 06:50 PM

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

        1. Sam Fujisaka 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. AlaskaChick May 29, 2008 11:03 AM

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

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              alkapal 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 May 30, 2008 08:47 AM

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

                1. re: AlaskaChick
                  alkapal 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!

                  1. re: alkapal
                    Big Bunny May 30, 2008 01:20 PM

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


                    1. re: alkapal
                      AlaskaChick 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. carswell 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 May 31, 2008 07:52 AM

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

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                  Joebob 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 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 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

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