Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

by Leela Punyaratabandhu


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Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Simple Thai Food I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. Shortly after I graduated from high school, I met a girl around my age named Mary. Her mother was from Thailand and she was such an amazing person. I learned so much from her – and got to taste some of the best food I have EVER had the pleasure of tasting. Ever since then, I have been a huge fan of Thai food, but nothing is ever as good as the authentic food I got to taste from her kitchen and the kitchens of some of her friends. I've been to culinary school, and authentic food has always been a passion of mine, so when I came across this book at NetGalley, I grabbed it up. I am so glad that I did. It is informative and filled with beautiful pictures. It tells about each recipe, ingredients and their substitutes, and gives plenty of information on how they eat food in Thailand. The background information on each recipe was very well done and sometimes hilarious, especially her discussion on "Naked Shrimp" (Fish sauce-marinated fresh shrimp with spicy lime dressing). I learned a lot of things from this book, like that canned cream corn was a popular ice cream topping in Thailand in the 1970s, and have a list of recipes that I can't wait to try. If you like cooking and are into Thai food, this is a book you should definitely pick up. :)
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Simple Thai Food Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen Author: Leela Punyaratabandhu Photographer: Erin Konkel Published: 5-13-2014 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Pages: 236 Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine Sub Genre: Cookbooks; International; Asian ISBN: 978167745235 ASIN: B00GQAOSVU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Have a variety of food allergies that restrict my diet my parents tried to find different ways to serve dishes that were a little different. My brothers and sisters may not have enjoyed some of them, but I loved the many International dishes. Growing up near the Keys, we had Cuban, Haitian and Seminole friends who were kind enough to teach me as I grew up. Then we met James and Kamala Lee. Mrs. Lee was from Thailand and a verysweet tiny lady who would allow the quiet teenage girl to follow her around the kitchen and taught me so much. She passed away when I was 25, but left me with so many memories and her book of recipes which I still treasure 30 years later. When I saw Simple Thai Food and took a quick peak I knew I had to have it. The ingredients are not a problem for me because I most I keep on hand or grow myself, but for some who just starting to experiment with Thai cooking it may seem a bit daunting. I urge them not to give up. It is well worth the effort when you see the smiles on your family's faces when they eat the food you created for them. Many of the recipes were familiar to me and it was like welcoming home an old friend. Most will find the recipes not as simple as the title - Simple Thai Food implies, but it actually is some of the more basic Thai cuisine you could eat in many Thai homes. The little anecdotes and histories on the different recipes and the recipes are interesting and some are hilarious. I think anyone who is interested in Thai cooking this is definitely a book to keep handy on your cookbook shelf. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. Thank you Leela Punyaratabandhu for taking me back to Kamala's kitchen once more.