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Thai Cook Book Recs- meat free or adaptable to make meat free

relizabeth Jan 20, 2013 08:54 PM

Can you recommend any thai cook books that have plenty of meat free recipes? Or can easily be adapted to be meat free? We have access to pretty good Vietnamese grocery stores.

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  1. sarahjay RE: relizabeth Jan 21, 2013 06:58 AM

    I've not found a cookbook that is better than the blog http://shesimmers.com She has a lot of recipes, most do have meat, but curry is all about the sauce, so making with just veggies is an easy thing to do, and I have in the past.

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      Hugerat RE: relizabeth Jan 21, 2013 10:05 AM

      I've always been pretty disappointed with the generally acclaimed "Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet." There's too much filler, the organization is schizophrenic and many recipes are overly complex and yield bland results. Maybe that helps narrow the field a bit.

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        Hugerat RE: relizabeth Jan 21, 2013 10:07 AM

        Like sarahjay, I'd also not worry too much about getting a vegetarian book. You can almost always substitute tofu or tempeh for meat.

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          HillJ RE: relizabeth Jan 21, 2013 10:13 AM

          When I go meatless, I just omit the meat from the recipe and up the vegetable, complex carb ingredients.

          You might also find some really helpful recipes and recommendations on the CH Vegetarian board.

          1. ninrn RE: relizabeth Mar 6, 2013 01:35 AM

            Real Vegetarian Thai by Nancie McDermott is a good basic Thai veg cookbook. To my taste, the dishes come out a bit too mild if you follow the recipe amounts exactly, but it's very easy to adapt the recipes to your preferred spice levels. My favorite for very authentic Thai vegetarian recipes is Thai Vegetarian Cooking by Vatcharin Bhumichitr -- it's out of print, but you can still get used copies on Amazon, eBay, etc.

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