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Thai Cookbook?

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


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

          This is the most comprehensive Thai cookbook I have.


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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!


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