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rowjo Feb 12, 2010 09:43 AM

I would like to buy a good Thai cookbook. I'm thinking of hosting a Thai dinner in a couple of months and this is one cuisine I have no cookbooks for. I absolutely love Thai food and would like to start cooking at home. Since I live in L.A., I should have easy access to needed ingredients.

What are your favorite Thai cookbooks? I would like something rather comprehensive so I could try to make all of my favorites. And I know Thai food can traditionally be made to be VERY spicy...I like spice, but am not looking for a book that really focuses on the firey side of Thai.

The one book I saw on Amazon that looks interesting is"Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook"...pricey, but seems well received.

Thanks for the suggestions! :-)

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    thistle5 Mar 4, 2010 11:45 AM

    I agree, if you're going to get just one book, that's the one I'd get. But if you feel like getting some other cookbooks, let me suggest-World Food Thailand-Lonely Planet , Kasma Loha-Unchit -It Rains Fishes & Dancing Shrimp, Nancie McDermott-Real Thai & Quick & Easy Thai, Mini C-100 Great Thai Dishes, Martin Boetz-Modern Thai Food , & Su-Mei Yu-Cracking the Coconut & Asian Grilling.

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      rowjo Mar 3, 2010 11:14 AM

      I ended up getting "Thai Food" by David Thompson...got a used copy yesterday from Amazon Marketplace (binding needs reglued...but otherwise excellent condition) for $26.99! What a cookbook! Since I live in Los Angeles, chances are I can find most of these ingredients without too much of a problem. I really want to try to make some of these recipes.

      I actually have a young Thai chef who lives in my building...I only know him to say "Hi"...but I think I'll have to enlist his help for suggestions!

      Thanks for the suggestions!

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      1. re: rowjo
        C. Hamster Mar 3, 2010 11:38 AM

        Thats an excellent book

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        saeyedoc Feb 12, 2010 11:51 AM

        I really like this one: Real Thai

        http://www.amazon.com/Real-Thai-Thail...

        1. Miss Needle Feb 12, 2010 11:48 AM

          This is the most comprehensive Thai cookbook I have.

          http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Food-David...

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          1. re: Miss Needle
            ladyberd Mar 4, 2010 11:22 AM

            Agree - this cookbook rocks. Especially if you have access to the ingredients. I've made many recipes from it and love it... Might have to dig it out this weekend!

            Cheers,
            Ladyberd
            http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

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