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The best book on waiting tables that you have never read – yet

Cookbook of the day – True Thai

51M7P9CREVL__SS500_True Thai: The Modern Art of Thai Cooking by Victor Sodsook

William Morrow Cookbooks

ISBN-10: 0688099173

ISBN-13: 978-0688099176

This 476 page cookbook isn’t noteworthy for the great photographs or graphic design. In fact, there are scarcely any photographs at all. This is just the best Thai cookbook that I’ve found yet.  The Tom Kha Talay (Bangkok Fisherman’s soup) from his recipe is simply one of the best things that you’ll ever put in your mouth – simple, yet unctious with coconut milk, brilliantly spicy from the red chili paste, and totally soul satisfying.

His various curry pastes are easy to follow and his dishes are well-chosen for their diversity. And, everything I’ve cooked from it has the sense of a lack of compromise in ingredients and techniques. I’ve never been to Thailand, so this is just conjecture on my part, but, there are times when I’ve cooked recipes from other cookbooks of various cusines where you could just sense that it wasn’t quite right. You don’t get that sense from this cookbook.

And, there’s a good section on vegetarian food for our vegetarian friends.

If I could only have one Thai cookbook, this would be it. The only thing I don’t like about it is the lack of color photographs. But, in a way, it lends a little more authenticity to the cookbook. It doesn’t fall back on food porn.

This book deserves your attention.

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