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Thai Recipes


Thailand is now well-known in the West for its delicious food. The country offers many delicious dishes flavored with spices, lemon-grass or coconut. Although known for offering strong flavours, Thai meals always aim to achieve a balance these five fundamental flavours (spicy hot, sweet, sour, salty, and sometimes bitter).

In all honesty, Thailand is home not to just one cuisine - but to several - each region of the country has its own preferred ingredients and style of cooking; for example, lime juice is favored in the Northeast of Thailand, whereas coconut milk and fresh tumeric and common in the South.

As with most Southeast Asian countries, rice forms the building block of much of the Thai diet. Fragrant jasmine rice is native to Thailand, and is used in many dishes, or served plain as an accompaniment.

Here are some common and popular Thai dishes:
  • Green curry - Perhaps the best-known Thai curry outside of the country. Green curry is green in color, flavored with coconut, green chillies, and Thai basil, and contains vegetables as well as chicken, fish, shrimp or other seafood.

    Thai food - Green curry

  • Yellow curry - This is a curry that gets its yellow color from fresh tumeric. As well as tumeric, the curry also contains black mustard seeds, cumin, nutmeg, brown sugar, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, coconut milk and fish sauce.

  • Red curry - As the name implies, a curry that is red in color. Red curry gains its very hot (spicy) flavour, as well as its color, from copious use of red chillies.

  • Pad Thai - This popular dish is a tasty form of fried rice noodles. The noodles are cooked with fish sauce, sugar, lime or tamarind, peanuts and egg, and then mixed with chicken, tofu or seafood.

  • Pad see ew - This dish consists of noodles with noodles with thiny sliced meat (pork or chicken), stir-fried and flavored with fish sauce.

  • Satay - Satay is grilled meat (usually chicken or pork) that is cooked on skewers and served with cucumber salad and peanut sauce. This dish is originally from Indonesia, but it has become a popular dish in Thailand, especially as a street food.

    Satay

  • Som tam - A popular salad made from grated papaya. There are several regional variations of this dish - the salad may include peanuts, shrimps and palm sugar, or salted fish, eggplant, and long beans, or salted black crab.

  • Tom yam - A hot and sour soup made with shrimp or other seafood, or chicken.

  • Gai pad khing - A Thai favorite, this dish is basically fried chicken with vegetables and sliced ginger.
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Thai Slow Cooker Cookbook: Classic Thai Favorites Made Simple

By Rockridge Press

Rockridge Press
Paperback (150 pages)

Thai Slow Cooker Cookbook: Classic Thai Favorites Made Simple
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All Your Thai Favorites at the Push of a Button 

Want to make a classic Thai curry without having to keep a watchful eye? Are you looking for a simple way to create restaurant favorites like Pad Thai in your own kitchen? With the Thai Slow Cooker Cookbook, you can enjoy fresh and flavorful Thai dishes at home with the convenience of your slow cooker. 
  • Why slow cook? Slow cooking consolidates steps, takes out the guesswork and infuses dishes with flavor--no need to wait a day or two for the dish to rest. 
  • Got the goods? Stock your pantry the Thai way with a list of essential ingredients and shopping tips for hard-to-find ingredients. 
  • Short on time? All the slow cooker recipes in this book prep in 20 minutes or less. 
  • Craving Thai sides? Supplement your slow-cooked meals with recipes for classic Thai sides, like papaya salad, chicken satay, and curry puffs. 
  • Dietary restrictions? With a mix of dishes great for omnivores and vegetarians alike, labels also indicate if a recipe is soy-free and/or nut-free. 
Today's busy world can make getting a healthy and satisfying meal on the table a challenge. Skip the wait for takeout and come home to wholesome Thai food, cooked by you, for you. 

Recipes include: Curried Kabocha Coconut Soup, Thai Sticky Wings, Massaman Sweet Potato and Tofu Curry, Chicken Red Curry, and Sweet Pork

Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home

By Pailin Chongchitnant

Chongchitnant Pailin
Released: 2016-03-08
Paperback (264 pages)

Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home
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The definitive Thai cookbook from a YouTube star!
 
Growing up in Thailand, Pailin Chongchitnant spent her childhood with the kitchen as her playground. From a young age, she would linger by the stove, taking in the sight of snowy white coconut being shredded, the smell of lemongrass-infused soups, and the sound of the pestle pounding against the granite mortar. 
   Years later, as a Cordon Bleu–educated chef in San Francisco, Pailin vividly remembered the culinary experiences of her youth. And so, on YouTube, Hot Thai Kitchen was born. Combining her love of teaching with her devotion to Thai food, Pailin immediately connected with thousands of fans who wanted a friend and educator.
   In this much-anticipated cookbook, Pailin brings her signature warmth and impressive technique to Thai food lovers everywhere. She begins by taking readers on a beautifully photographed trip to Thailand to explore the culinary culture and building blocks central to Thai food. With foolproof and easy-to-follow instructions, Pailin breaks down the key ingredients, flavours, equipment, and techniques necessary to master authentic Thai cooking. Then, she shares her must-make recipes for curries, soups, salads, and stir-fries, including entire chapters on vegetarian and vegan dishes, dips and dipping sauces, and sumptuous Thai desserts. With QR codes to video tutorials placed throughout the book, you’ll be able to connect with Pailin online, too.  
   Both a definitive resource and an extraordinary exploration of Thai cuisine, Hot Thai Kitchen will delight and inspire you in your Thai cooking journey.

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

By Leela Punyaratabandhu

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2014-05-13
Hardcover (236 pages)

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen
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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.

The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking: Favorite Recipes from Lemon Grass Restaurant and Cafes

By Mai Pham

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Released: 1995-10-11
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The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking: Favorite Recipes from Lemon Grass Restaurant and Cafes
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Light, Fresh, Exotic, and Delicious!
Tangy, sweet, and savory traditional dipping sauces. Mouthwatering soups. Innovative stir-fries. The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking offers just that—the very best! Weaving a fascinating memoir amidst her splendid recipes, Mai Pham recreates the almost magical reverence with which food was prepared and enjoyed in the Vietnam and Thailand of her childhood. Inside she discloses the secrets to preparing her personal favorites—delicious dishes such as:
Firecracker Prawns • Minty Thai Chicken Salad
Hot and Spicy Chicken with Lemon Grass • Spicy Red Beef Curry
Crispy Spring Rolls • Eggplant and Broccoli in Ginger
Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad • Rice Paper-Wrapped Salad Rolls
Bangkok Beef with Basil • Lemon Grass Stir-Fried Jasmine Rice
Vegetarian Pad Thai • Perfectly Roasted Peanuts • Thai Tea
Evocative, lyrical, and eloquent, The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking is more than a collection of great recipes—it’s a pleasure to read.

Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand

By Leela Punyaratabandhu

TEN SPEED
Released: 2017-05-09
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Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand
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From one of the most respected authorities on Thai cooking comes this beautiful and deeply personal ode to Bangkok, the top-ranked travel destination in the world.

Every year, more than 16 million visitors flock to Thailand’s capital city, and leave transfixed by the vibrant culture and unforgettable food they encounter along the way. Thai cuisine is more popular today than ever, yet there is no book that chronicles the real food that Thai people eat every day—until now.

 In Bangkok, award-winning author Leela Punyaratabandhu offers 120 recipes that capture the true spirit of the city—from heirloom family dishes to restaurant classics to everyday street eats to modern cosmopolitan fare. Beautiful food and location photography will make this a must-have keepsake for any reader who has fallen under Bangkok’s spell.

The Better Than Takeout Thai Cookbook: Favorite Thai Food Recipes Made at Home

By Danette St. Onge

Rockridge Press
Released: 2017-07-11
Kindle Edition (278 pages)

The Better Than Takeout Thai Cookbook: Favorite Thai Food Recipes Made at Home
 
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A Thai Cookbook for Making Your Favorite Thai Dishes in the Time It Takes to Order Takeout

There are few cuisines that harness the balance of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy flavors better than Thai. Yet when it comes to enjoying Thai food at home, most think their only option is takeout. However, with only a few key ingredients and basic techniques, you can cook quick, delicious Thai meals that the whole family will love.

From the kitchen of her family’s Thai restaurant to her mother’s homemade Thai food, Danette St. Onge knows how to make Thai food accessible to anyone with the right ingredients, a little time, and a reliable Thai cookbook (hint: it’s this one!). In The Better-Than-Takeout Thai Cookbook, Danette makes it simple to try new ingredients and learn essential techniques.

As you work your way through this Thai cookbook, you’ll become more comfortable with the fundamentals of Thai cooking. The clear explanations and tried-and-true recipes offered in The Better-Than-Takeout Thai Cookbook make it easier than ever to create your favorite Thai dishes.

With The Better-Than-Takeout Thai Cookbook, you’ll find:

  • More than 100 recipes that can be made in under an hour—most requiring just 30 minutes or less
  • Tons of tips for saving time with easy-to-find ingredients, plus recipes for making staples like curry pastes at home
  • Menus and instructions for how to prepare multiple dishes simultaneously—because no one orders just one dish for takeout

You’ll enjoy the Thai dishes you love without the hassle of waiting for overpriced delivery with The Better-Than-Takeout Thai Cookbook.

Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick and Easy Family Style Recipes [Thai Cookbook, 100 Recipes]

By Katie Chin

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Released: 2013-08-06
Hardcover (144 pages)

Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick and Easy Family Style Recipes [Thai Cookbook, 100 Recipes]
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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 bring delectable homemade Thai dishes to your table effortlessly!

As the daughter of award-winning restaurateur Leeann Chin, Katie's heritage has been deeply rooted in the cultivation of fine Thai 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 leader among the cooking community. However, her real reward stems from her success at home. As a working mother of toddler twins, Katie realized a need for simple, easy and delicious Thai recipes that call for convenient ingredients and Everyday Thai Cooking delivers just that.

This Thai cookbook 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 recipes for delicious Thai food.

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

Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking: 125 Real Thai Recipes

By Nancie McDermott

Robert Rose
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Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking: 125 Real Thai Recipes
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Though millions love Thai food, actual meatless recipes and dishes are often difficult to find. Nancie McDermott has developed innovative and authentic variations on traditional Thai recipes, providing health-conscious home cooks with a repertoire of vegetarian dishes that capture the vibrant tastes and scents of Thailand.

From refreshing salads and savory soups to flavorful and spicy mains and side dishes to the wonderfully refreshing Thai Iced Tea, this definitive cookbook offers 125 delectable recipes for every meal and occasion. Vegans will be pleased with the recipes since dairy products are virtually unused. The ever-popular eggs as an ingredient are usually left whole in these recipes, making substitutions and omissions easy. In most of the recipes that use eggs, Nancie has provided adaptations for vegans.

Here are genuine Thai recipes for every meal and occasion: Appetizers and Snacks, Salads, Soups, Curries, Main Dishes, Rice and Noodles, Sweets and Drinks, Basic Recipes for Curry Pastes, Sauces and Stocks.

A glossary introduces and demystifies the ingredients and equipment used in Thai cooking. McDermott also offers tips for finding ingredients and lists substitutions that might be needed.

Amazing Thai Instant Pot Recipes: Mouthwatering Thai inspired dishes for everyone: chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables

By John BD

Released: 2018-04-19
Kindle Edition (25 pages)

Amazing Thai Instant Pot Recipes: Mouthwatering Thai inspired dishes for everyone: chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables
 
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If you love Thai dishes, then you need to try these amazing Instant Pot™ Thai recipes. Don’t miss hearty chicken, beef, pork, and vegetable dishes. You’ll find simple soups, stews, and curries that will bless your taste buds.

Thai Simple Cookbook: Quick and easy authentic Thai recipes to make at home

By Linda Ly

Released: 2018-08-31
Kindle Edition (171 pages)

Thai Simple Cookbook: Quick and easy authentic Thai recipes to make at home
 
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Do you love Thai food?



Thai food is delicious and adventurous, using a wide variety of ingredients to make it one of the world’s great cuisines and inspiring chefs from around the globe.

The popularity of Thai food has no boundaries. Thai food can be simpler to make when compared to other cuisines, but you will need to follow all the steps, as it is an intense process. The demand for Thai food is such that there are Thai restaurants across the world. Thanks to this book, you can now prepare these lip-smacking recipes at home instead of eating Thai food at a restaurant.

This book contains 75 different recipes that are simple to make and delicious.


All of these are authentic Thai recipes, and if you follow every step mentioned for each recipe, you will create a dish that has the same aroma and unique taste that a traditional Thai dish should have.

Now, with Thai Simple Cookbook, you can emulate this style of cooking in your own kitchen and make dishes your friends and family will love.

Get a copy now and begin your Thai cooking adventure today!


 
 
 

 
 
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