Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Simple Thai Food

In Simple Thai Food, you will learn to make the Thai dishes you love to eat. The author: Leela Punyaratabandhu shares her favorite classic Thai recipes. Some are family recipes, and others are for dishes you will find in restaurants or at a street vendor. She has tested them to make certain they can be made at home. Any fan of Thai food will find something to make them happy in this cookbook.

I love Thai food, so I was thrilled to get a chance to cook some of these recipes. I was not disappointed. I have already made several dishes from this cookbook, and I am looking forward to many more delicious meals. The flavors were quite good. There are recipes at varying skill levels, and they differ in the amount of time and effort needed to cook the recipe. Do not be intimidated if there are a lot of steps or ingredients for some of the recipes. Once you get the hang of it, it goes smoothly, and it is worth it in the end!

Chicken, Water Morning Glory, and Satay Sauce on Rice

This was the first dish I tried, and I loved it! I made my own Satay Sauce from a recipe also found in this book. I replaced the Water Morning Glory with Broccoli Florets, as that was an option in the recipe. I replaced it only because it was easier for me to find the Broccoli. I would love to try it with the Water Morning Glory a different time. The flavor was wonderful, and the dish was a hit!

I also made Beef Green Curry with Thai Eggplants, but did not get a picture this time. The only change I made was using regular Eggplant instead of Thai Eggplants. Again, because of availability. It was really good, and the leftovers were even better the next day. I will make this one again.

One of my favorite features in this cookbook are the recipes for different sauces, curry pastes, and curry powders. I like being able to make my own sauce and spice mixes so I know exactly how much sugar or salt is in them, and what all the ingredients actually are. This made me very happy. I also liked that there are alternatives for some ingredients that might be harder to find. There is information about where to find ingredients both in markets and online.

My only issue with this cookbook was there are not very many pictures in it. There are a few, and the few that are there look great, and add to the appeal of the dishes. I think it would be very beneficial in a cookbook that is trying to make people aware of a more authentic version of a food to have pictures so readers will know how it should look.

I am looking forward to trying a lot of recipes in this book, but some of them at the top of my list are: Coconut-Galangal Chicken Soup, Pork in Spicy Dressing with Iced Broccoli Stems, Sweet Dry Curry of Pork and Long Beans, Mango and Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice, and Green Papaya Salad.

If you like Thai food, I recommend trying this cookbook.

**I received a free copy of this book to review from Blogging For Books**

*Receiving a free copy does not change my review. It simply provides me with a book I would not have heard about otherwise, or gotten to read as soon.

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