Finding good food at restaurants in Bangkok is easy, but figuring out what to eat without going out to a restaurant can sometimes be a challenge. In the spirit of making that process a bit easier, PekoPiko has combed the local bookstores in search of some cookbooks that can help the home cook. With a focus on Thai cuisine, we have two recommendations this month. The Food of Thailand: A Journey for Food Lovers by Kay Halsey and Lulu Grimes and the Principles of Thai Cookery by Chef McDang.
Title: The Food of Thailand: A Journey for Food Lovers
Author: Kay Halsey and Lulu Grimes
Pages: 296, Paperback
Price: 950Baht (Asia Books)
This is a beautiful, colorful cook book that really speaks to the fundamentals of Thai cooking and Thai culture. The cookbook is one in a series of books by the author and it aims to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of Thai food. This cookbook features more than 100 recipes and traditional favorites such as som tom, red and green curries, coconut based soups and much, much more.
Another unique feature of this cookbook is that the author takes the reader on a “culinary” journey as the cook book is filled with short and informative articles that explore the markets, the beaches, the people and the food culture of Thailand. Cooking techniques and traditions are also explored throughout the cookbook. The recipes are all easy to follow and the book additionally includes a comprehensive glossary of English and Thai ingredients. This book is recommended for cooks at any level from beginners to experts.
Title: The Principles of Thai Cookery
Author: Sirichalerm Svasti (Chef McDang)
Pages: 304, Hardcover
Price: 1,700Baht (Asia Books)
The Principles of Thai Cookery is an elegant cookbook written by Chef Mc Dang who is one of Thailand’s leading celebrity chefs and a member of the royal Thai family. The book is beautifully photographed and features 57 delicious Thai recipes. Inside the pages of this book, the reader learns about Thai food history, regional differences in Thai cuisine, foreign influences on Thai cuisine, as well as different cooking techniques. The book covers everything from boiling, grilling, stir-frying, deep-frying, and steaming to recipes for salads, dips, curries and desserts. The recipes in this cookbook are a bit involved and it is recommended for cooks with some previous cooking experience.