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Cookbook of the day – The Original Thai Cookbook

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The Original Thai Cookbook

by Jennifer Brennan

Publisher Perigee; Reprint edition (31 May 2002)

ISBN 10: 0399510338

ISBN 13: 978-0399510335

This book claims to be “The first complete, authentic Thai cookbook published in America”.

Since it was first published in 1981, I suspect that this might very well be true.

And you should pick it up.

Half recipes and half cultural and historical overview of a very interesting country in Indochina, this book will inform your culinary education and compliment the book True Thai by Victor Sodsook that I’ve previously reviewed. His book is mostly recipes, but this book has a lot of “background info”.

You’ll learn how the cuisine of Thailand is bound by the logistics of their native kitchens, and you follow the evolution of a cuisine that has many parents due to its history of being ruled by various regimes and peoples. You’ll learn little tips like simmering chili paste-infused coconut milk uncovered instead of covering in order to prevent curdling.

And you’ll have plenty of recipes with which to compare with the True Thai cookbook and you’ll discover which ones you favor over the other. If you are a vegetarian, you’ll find plenty to work with here.

What you don’t get is a bunch of pretty pictures. This book is all business.

Thai Fish Soup