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Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand

Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand Lowest new price: $17.34
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Author: Andy Ricker

A guide to bold, authentic Thai cooking from Andy Ricker, the chef and owner of the wildly popular and widely lauded Pok Pok restaurants.

After decades spent traveling throughout Thailand, Andy Ricker wanted to bring the country’s famed food stateside. In 2005 he opened Pok Pok, so named for the sound a wooden pestle makes when it strikes a clay mortar, in an old shack in a residential neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Ricker has since gone on to open six more wildly popular Pok Pok restaurants, and today he is considered one of the leading American voices on Thai cooking.
 
In this much-anticipated debut cookbook, Ricker shares seventy of the most popular recipes from Thailand and his Pok Pok restaurants—ranging from Khao Soi Kai (Northern Thai curry noodle soup with chicken) to Som Tam Thai (Central Thai–style papaya salad) to Pok Pok’s now-classic (and obsessed-over) Fish-Sauce Wings.

But Pok Pok is more than just a collection of favorite recipes: it is also a master course in Thai cooking from one of the most passionate and knowledgeable authorities on the subject. Clearly written, impeccably tested recipes teach you how to source ingredients; master fundamental Thai cooking techniques and skills; understand flavor profiles that are unique to Southeast Asian cuisine; and combine various dishes to create show-stopping, well-balanced meals for family and friends.

Filled with thoughtful, colorful essays about Ricker’s travels and experiences, Pok Pok is not only a definitive resource for home cooks, but also a celebration of the rich history, vibrant culture, and unparalleled deliciousness of Thai food.

Featured Recipes from Pok Pok

Kai Kaphrao Khai Dao
Download the recipe for Kai Kaphrao Khai Dao (Stir-Fried Chicken with Hot Basil)
Tam Taeng Kwaa
Download the recipe for Tam Taeng Kwaa (Thai Cucumber Salad)

 

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Thailand: The Cookbook

Thailand: The Cookbook Lowest new price: $34.33
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Author: Jean-Pierre Gabriel

The definitive guide to Thai cuisine, with 500 authentic recipes from every region brought together in one comprehensive and beautifully produced volume.

Author and photographer Jean–Pierre Gabriel traveled throughout Thailand for years to research the unique flavors and culinary history that make up the country’s food culture. Here, he presents an array of dishes ranging from street vendor snacks to home–cooked meals to restaurant tasting menus and everything in between.

Learn to recreate classics such as Massaman Curry and Green Papaya Salad using authentic methods, or discover a new favorite, such as a Dragon Fruit Frappe. Recipes include advice on essential techniques, while a glossary helps introduce home cooks to less familiar ingredients. Gabriel’s breathtaking images of the natural landscape, people, and food bring to life the history behind this storied cuisine.

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Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick & Easy Family Style Recipes

Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick & Easy Family Style Recipes Lowest new price: $15.32
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Author: Katie Chin

"A new cookbook by writer, chef, and sometimes television host Katie Chin reveals how easy it is to bring Thai flavors into American home kitchens."—Seriouseats.com

"Katie Chin, sometimes referred to as the "Asian Rachael Ray," puts forth a winning collection of accessible Thai dishes. A fine introduction to one of the world's most popular cuisines."—Publishers Weekly


In Everyday Thai Cooking, Katie Chin—a chef hailed as the 'Asian Rachel Ray' by her many fans—shares her recipe secrets along with tips, tools, and techniques that enable you to easily bring delectable homemade Thai dishes to your table!

As the daughter of award-winning restaurateur Leeann Chin, Katie's heritage has been deeply rooted in the cultivation of fine Asian cuisine. Katie has since taken the culinary world by storm as a well-respected food writer, television personality, and now published author.

Katie is a success among the cooking community, however, her true reward stems from her success at home. As working mother of toddler twins, Katie realized a need for simple, easy and delicious Thai recipes that call for accessible ingredients and Everyday Thai Cooking delivers just that.

Everyday Thai Cooking offers basic recipes for staple dishes that include both homemade and store-bought options. From appetizers to desserts, each step-by-step recipe lists preparation times (most within thirty minutes) and alternates for less accessible ingredients. Illustrated with mouthwatering color photographs, Everyday Thai Cooking features more than 100 simple Thai recipes that includes:

  • Crunchy Siam Spring Rolls
  • Tom Yum Goong
  • Crispy Mango Chicken
  • Shaking Beef
  • Fragrant Coconut Fish in Banana Leaves
  • Mee Krob

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Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen Lowest new price: $18.62
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Author: Leela Punyaratabandhu

Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics--from the rising star behind the blog She Simmers.

Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.

The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.

All of Leela’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With chapters on key ingredients and tools, base recipes, one-plate meals, classic rice accompaniments, and even Thai sweets, Simple Thai Food is a complete primer for anyone who wants to give Thai cooking a try. By the end of the book, you’ll be whipping up tom yam soup and duck red curry that will put your local takeout joint to shame. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover an exciting new world of Thai flavors and dishes—including Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites, and Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce—that will open your eyes to all the wonderful possibilities that real Thai cooking has to offer.
 

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150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and More Slow Cooker Recipes

150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and More Slow Cooker Recipes Lowest new price: $14.75
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Author: Sunil Vijayakar

Featuring a wonderful array of curry dishes to suit every palate.

Slow cookers and curries really are a match made in culinary heaven, because slow cooking spices allows them to slowly release their essential oils and fragrance creating tantalizing and aromatic sauces, while at the same time rendering even the most economical cuts of meat succulent and tender.

These tantalizing recipes use ingredients easily found at a local grocer, without compromising authentic flavor. It's a wonderful internationally-influenced selection of recipes which also includes over 40 recipes for rice, chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas.

Dishes include

  • Spiced Prawn and Pineapple Curry, Bangkok Sour Pork Curry, Kali Dhal
  • Caribbean Curried Beef, Burmese Golden Rice, Butter Chicken
  • Pork Rendang, Sticky Jasmine Rice, Lemon and Date Pickle
  • Filipino Green Papaya Curry, Saag Dhal, Lamb Biryani
  • Creamy Spinach and Tomato Dhal, Jamaican Fresh Peach Chutney

There are also delicious and creative twists on accompaniments along with slow cooker know-how such as preparing various types of food for the slow cooker. Cooks will delight in the combination of the authentic sumptuous dishes as well as the greatly reduced time spent in the kitchen.

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Thai Food

Thai Food Lowest new price: $24.34
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Author: David Thompson

Renowned chef David Thompson first went to Thailand by mistake: a holiday plan had to be changed at the last minute, and he ended up in Bangkok, where he was seduced by the people, culture, and cuisine. Since that fateful trip some 20 years ago, Thailand has become David's second home. Working alongside cooks who perfected their craft in the Thai royal palaces, he began to document the traditional recipes and culinary techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation. The result is THAI FOOD, the most comprehensive account of this ancient and exotic cuisine ever published in English. David writes about Thailand and its food with an easy erudition, encouraging readers to cook and experiment, while simultaneously fostering a respect for the food and its stewardship through the ages. Although all the classic, well-loved recipes are here, this magnum opus features hundreds of lesser-known but equally authentic and delicious Thai dishes that will inspire cooks to go beyond green curry chicken and Thai fish cakes. David's passion and conviction are infectious; complemented by Earl Carter's superb photography, THAI FOOD captures all aspects of the dynamic Thai culture and cuisine.• Ten years in the making, this groundbreaking work is one of the cookbook publishing events of the decade.• The author's London restaurant, nahm, received a Michelin star in 2002, making it the first Thai restaurant to receive such an honor.• Photographed at David's restaurants in Sydney and London, and on location in Thailand, Earl Carter's superb images capture both the essence of Thai food and its rich cultural milieu.  Awards2003 James Beard Award Winner2003 IACP Award WinnerReviews“Stands out, dauntingly massive, brilliantly magisterial, and, at the same time, bustling with charm, observations, life.” —Saveur “[S]et a new standard for Asian cookbooks.”—Saveur (Top 100 Home Cook Edition)

"Thai cooking is a paradox," writes Australian restaurateur David Thompson in his comprehensive and thus aptly named Thai Food. "It uses robustly flavored ingredients--garlic, shrimp paste, chilies, lemongrass--and yet when they are melded during cooking they arrive at a sophisticated and often subtle elegance." Pursuing this transformation in depth, his book presents hundreds of recipes that celebrate the Thai meal while exploring its historical and cultural context. Readers will delight in the wide selection of authentic dishes like Duck and Spring Onion Soup, Grilled Beef Salad, and Green Chicken Curry with Baby Corn, and relish Thompson's vast appreciation of his subject. Though the recipes are straightforward and workable once ingredients are assembled and techniques understood, those new to Thai cooking may want a less rigorous introduction to the subject. However, anyone with an appetite to explore it on Thompson's terms will benefit immensely.

Beginning with an exploration of Thailand's history and culture, the book then presents an extended section on rice, the centerpiece of the Thai meal. The "cookbook" follows, with a systematic introduction to the Thai kitchen, ingredients, and equipment. The chapter "Food Outside the Meal" is devoted to Thai snacks and vendor food, such as Stir-Fried Crisp Fish with Holy Basil. Noodle dishes include an exemplary pad thai, and sweet dishes like Grilled Bananas with Coconut Cream and Turmeric are also offered.

Readers should know that the recipes, published primarily for an Australian audience, give ingredients in a mix of metric and American measurements and/or with nonmetric equivalents, and that nomenclature is also sometimes foreign ("minced" for "ground" meat, for example). With photos throughout, the book sets a standard for Thai cookbooks to come while helping many cooks achieve the true, richly exotic cuisine. --Arthur Boehm

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Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine: Authentic Recipes Made Gluten-free

Everyday Paleo: Thai Cuisine: Authentic Recipes Made Gluten-free Lowest new price: $21.74
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Author: Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is taking Paleo Around the World – next stop Thailand!

Sarah Fragoso’s travel adventures continue in the second installment of the Everyday Paleo Around the World series. This time, she took the Fragoso family to Thailand. In this epic book of travel adventures, food, and fun, you will find 100 recipes from numerous regions in Thailand, from the lush jungles of the north to the sultry beaches of the south and many places in between. Thai food is a beloved cuisine, and Sarah learned straight from the source the traditions that make Thai food so special—and delicious. In this book, she teaches you how to make these authentic dishes entirely free of grain, gluten, dairy, and legumes. Sarah had the opportunity to work side by side with restaurant chefs, home cooks, street vendors, and resort chefs, all with unique culinary perspectives, interesting stories, and amazing food. Everyday Paleo Around the World: Thai Cuisine brings it all home to you. You will find everything from homemade curry pastes to fresh spring rolls, amazing egg dishes, and tropical desserts. Get ready to lose yourself in the culture, food, and magic that is truly Thailand—you will be sure to impress your family and guests with this amazing food! As an added bonus, Sarah shares tips for anyone planning a trip to Thailand: Learn the best ways to navigate the country and stay Paleo and gluten-free during your travels. Grab your passport, pack your suitcase, and join the Fragoso family on a mouthwatering Paleo adventure in Thailand!

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Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes

Quick & Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes Lowest new price: $6.41
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Author: Nancie McDermott

Now busy home cooks can bring the fantastic flavors of Thai cuisine into the kitchen with a simple trip to the grocery store. Nancie McDermott, experienced cook, teacher, and author of the best-selling cookbook Real Thai, presents this collection of 70 delicious recipes that focus on easy-to-find ingredients and quick cooking methods to whip up traditional Thai. With recipes like Crying Tiger Grilled Beef, Grilled Shrimp and Scallops with Lemongrass, Sticky Rice with Mangoes, and Thai Iced Tea, along with McDermott's highly practical array of shortcuts, substitutions, and timesaving techniques, anyone can prepare home-cooked authentic Thai meals -- as often as they like.

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  • Thai Food
  • Nancie McDermott
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Thai Street Food

Thai Street Food Lowest new price: $31.14
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Author: David Thompson

Thai Street Food transports readers straight into the bustling heart of Thailand’s colorful street stalls and markets--from the predawn rounds of monks fanning out along the aisles to the made-to-order stalls ablaze in neon and jammed with hungry locals after dark. Featuring nearly 100 authentic dishes plus lavish photography accompanying every recipe, this stunning cookbook is the definitive guide to Thailand’s culinary street culture. The recipes, such as Steamed Fish with Chilli and Lime Sauce, Pork Satay, Roast Duck and Egg Noodle Soup, and Sweet Banana Roti illuminate the beguiling world of food so integral to the Thais.
 
Scholar and chef David Thompson lives with a singular passion for Thailand’s customs, culture, and people. Although he claims “It’s all about the food,” this ambitious work shares his insights into the rhythms and nuances of Thai daily life along with a fascinating history of its richly diverse street cuisine. This cookbook is a tempting, inspiring, and authoritative account of Thai street food, the vibrant culinary mosaic rich with community.

Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe from David Thompson's Thai Street Food: Fried Chicken and Squid Rice Noodles

When I first ate these krua gai noodles I wasn’t convinced. I had so many other noodle dishes that enticed and pleased, some of which are also in Thai Street Food. Now I am addicted to the winning simplicity of them.

In Bangkok’s Chinatown there are many versions, some with prawns, others use pork but mostly squid and chicken is the order of the day.

As you walk down the narrow alleys of this quarter, away from the busy main streets, it’s like stepping back in time. It’s still bustling, though, with the air filled with spices, chatter and the scraping clatter of smoking woks.

To make the best of this recipe you’ll need to season your wok. It imparts a smoky, slightly metallic tang to the dish: a lingering sign of success is the breath of the wok. All you need to do is prime the wok by burning it, scorching it over a flame and turning it to ensure that every part is charred. Wash out the wok then return it to the heat and it's ready. --David Thompson

Serves 2

Ingredients

3 oz chicken breast fillet, with or without skin as preferred
a drizzle of light soy sauce, plus 2 tablespoons extra
1 garlic clove, peeled
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 oz cured squid (plaa meuk chae) or fresh squid or cuttlefish, scored and finely sliced
ground white pepper
1–2 teaspoons preserved Chinese vegetable (dtang chai), rinsed and drained
2 heaped tablespoons chopped spring (green) onions
2 heaped tablespoons chopped Asian celery (optional)
8 oz fresh wide rice noodles
1–2 teaspoons dark soy sauce, to taste
good pinch of white sugar
2 eggs, ideally duck eggs
1 cup loosely packed, very coarsely cut Chinese lettuce
pinch of deep-fried garlic
1–2 tablespoons chopped coriander
sauce Siracha, to serve

Slice the chicken and briefly marinate it in a drizzle of light soy sauce. Crush the garlic to a somewhat coarse paste with the salt—either by pounding it using a pestle and mortar or finely chopping it with a knife.

Heat the wok then add 2 generous tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken and the cured squid and lightly stir-fry until golden and almost cooked. Stir in the garlic paste, a pinch of white pepper, the preserved Chinese vegetable and 1 tablespoon each of the spring onions and Asian celery (if using). By now most of the oil should have been absorbed; drain off any excess.

Pull apart the rice noodle strands and add to the wok, spreading them over the contents of the wok and onto the surface of the wok itself. Leave undisturbed for a moment--up to 30 seconds--then gently begin to stir and shuffle the noodles and the wok. It is important not to break the noodle strands while doing this. Drizzle the noodles with the extra 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, the dark soy sauce and the sugar. Sprinkle them with most of the remaining Asian celery and spring onions, along with a good pinch of white pepper. Turn up the heat slightly to caramelize the noodles, stirring occasionally and carefully. After a minute or two, push the noodles to one side of the wok and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Turn up the heat, crack in the eggs and fry until they are just beginning to set and the edges of the whites are beginning to brown. Lightly break up the eggs, then gently stir and fold in the noodles, simmering them for a few minutes so that they caramelize and char slightly. Finish with the Chinese lettuce and the remaining Asian celery.

Serve the noodles sprinkled with the deep-fried garlic, the remaining spring onions, the coriander and a pinch of white pepper.

Accompany with a bowl of sauce Siracha.



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Easy Thai Cooking: 75 Family-style Dishes You can Prepare in Minutes

Easy Thai Cooking: 75 Family-style Dishes You can Prepare in Minutes Lowest new price: $7.34
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Author: Robert Danhi
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Thai cooking has taken the world by storm. Its rich combinations of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors makes Thai dining a complete sensory pleasure. Robert Danhi's Easy Thai Cooking features 75 delicious Thai recipes that you can prepare any day of the week.

James Beard nominee and CIA trained chef, Robert Danhi gives you expert guidance on acquiring and maintaining a well-stocked Thai pantry. With basic ingredients and his step-by-step instructions you can make stunning dishes like Grilled Chicken Wings with Kaffir Lime Chili Glaze or Sweet-n-Spicy Pork Ribs or Green Mango and Cashew Salad. With the help of Easy Thai Cooking, you can bring the taste of Thailand home!

Recipes include:

  • Hot and Sour Tamarind Soup
  • Stir-fried Pork, Basil and Chilies
  • Classic Red Curry Chicken
  • Golden Pork Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Spice Crusted Fire-Roasted Shrimp
  • Barbecued Banana Leaf Curry Fish
  • Grilled Tofu, Curried Peas and Kefir Lime
  • Pineapple Fried Jasmine Rice
  • Stir-fried Peanut-Tamarind Noodles

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