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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 tha 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. "


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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 tha 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. "

30 review for Bangkok: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of Thailand [A Cookbook]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku

    Punyaratabandhu's bias to Thailand, specifically Bangkok, is apparent from page one. But that doesn't make it wrong. Her love for Bangkok is the core of this entire book. The reader is given a piece of Punyaratabandhu's heart as she lays bare her passions for the city and its food. In some ways, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand is more than just a cookbook, it's a love letter to the city and food she has fallen for. I love the way this book is organized. Instead of the usua Punyaratabandhu's bias to Thailand, specifically Bangkok, is apparent from page one. But that doesn't make it wrong. Her love for Bangkok is the core of this entire book. The reader is given a piece of Punyaratabandhu's heart as she lays bare her passions for the city and its food. In some ways, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand is more than just a cookbook, it's a love letter to the city and food she has fallen for. I love the way this book is organized. Instead of the usual, Appetizers, Rice, Chicken, Beef… etc. We have been given a table of contents which reflects the way Bangkokians eat and consider their food. Our chapters are given titles such as "Savory Bites", "Rice Accompaniments" and "Sweets". Coupled with details about how to stock a Bangkok-focused pantry and how and where to recognize commonly used Thai ingredients, I knew I had found a winner when it comes to learning about Bangkok cuisine. Unfortunately, I struggled with the format of the recipes. As an American, I am used to following numbered steps. In the case of Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand, we are instead presented with paragraphs describing the steps for each recipe. While all the steps (I'm sure) are there, I never ONCE made a recipe correctly. I would lose my place and skip or duplicate a step. I just don't have the mental focus to follow direction in paragraph form. In conclusion, I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about Bangkok cuisine or is an accomplished chef with access to many southeastern Asians ingredients. But other than that? Well, I'll work on finding you a more accessible cookbook. Lord knows I need it. Meanwhile, I'll just stick with my stir-fry and pad thai recipes. Until the next cookbook, at least.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A lovely cookbook that intertwines the history of Thailand, family, and recipes together. I can not wait to try out many of these recipes! The photos of the end results of all of the recipes look delectable!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teawench

    There ended up only being two recipes I was even remotely interested in trying and those two were pretty similar to others I've seen elsewhere. There ended up only being two recipes I was even remotely interested in trying and those two were pretty similar to others I've seen elsewhere.

  4. 5 out of 5

    January Gray

    Great book. Easy to follow recipes. Loved the personal touch, info and history as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    I was really looking forward to this book as I love Thai food, and wanted to know more about cooking it. The book is a very personal one. Interspersed between the recipes are sections on the author’s family and their traditions, and how her life was moulded by them. The articles deal with her relationship to the food of Thailand (especially of Bangkok) and the places where she would eat (home, particular restaurants, street vendors, on trains). She compares the food to be found in Bangkok (where I was really looking forward to this book as I love Thai food, and wanted to know more about cooking it. The book is a very personal one. Interspersed between the recipes are sections on the author’s family and their traditions, and how her life was moulded by them. The articles deal with her relationship to the food of Thailand (especially of Bangkok) and the places where she would eat (home, particular restaurants, street vendors, on trains). She compares the food to be found in Bangkok (where rice predominates), to that of Central Thailand (where rice vermicelli is more commonly used), and describes a variety of different noodle types found in Thai cuisine, each type given with its accompanying history, stories, and personal recollections. I found the section labelled “Rice Accompaniments” particularly interesting. For me (and probably most Westerners), rice is the accompaniment for the main dishes of meats and vegetables: that bit of starch that is added to fill your stomach. But it is made very clear in this book, that to Thais, rice (or in later sections noodles) is the important part of the meal, and the rest is akin to garnish. Quite a change in cultural emphasis. A number of the recipes are not what you would immediately associate with traditional Thai food. Especially in Bangkok, there are strong influences from Chinese, Portuguese and Indian immigrants, and these are reflected in the variety of recipes. I tried about twelve of the recipes – with differing degrees of success – which may be more of a consequence of my cooking and the availability of the ingredients, rather than the recipes. Some were very good indeed – such as the Grilled River Prawn Relish, which I served on top of a fresh salad, the Meatballs, made with chicken, and the Chicken and Banana Pepper Curry with toasted Peanuts. Others, such as the Steamed Dumplings with Chicken-peanut Filling, and the Egg Net Parcels with Pork-peanut Filling, had excellent fillings (you may have noticed a predilection for peanut recipes), but the casings were not a success. In particular, the Egg Net parcels were very frustrating, and next time I would just serve the wonderful filling with a light French omelette or crêpe. None of the meals that I tried were a disaster – I would describe each as being at least good. However, I often found the recipes disjointed, and difficult to follow. I frequently had to read them through several times before getting started – and then again during the preparation and cooking to make sure I was on the right track. So, although I found the book a fascinating portrayal of Thai cuisine and food customs, I was not entirely grabbed by the election of recipes given. Some, I will definitely make again, and there are others that look worth a try. But, unfortunately, this will not become one of my favourite recipe books. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leyla Johnson

    What a wonderful colourful book this is. Filled with anecdotes of a life lived in Bangkok, it has a wonderful diverse collection of recipes crammed into this book. I love this book, it is so full of life, colour and life as it should be led through food. The recipes are easy to follow and beautifully photographed, a real pleasure to the senses This book was provided to me in return for an honest and unbiased review Thank you for letting me review this book and I will post a review on amazon

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love this book so much! I've been to Bangkok before and I really enjoyed all the food there, especially the street food. I picked this book up so that I could see and learn to make the food. Now I realized the recipes are difficult to replicate and some of the ingredients hard to find, but I still enjoy the vibrant pictures and the story of the culture. Very recommended, especially if you are really interested in Thai cooking. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an hon I love this book so much! I've been to Bangkok before and I really enjoyed all the food there, especially the street food. I picked this book up so that I could see and learn to make the food. Now I realized the recipes are difficult to replicate and some of the ingredients hard to find, but I still enjoy the vibrant pictures and the story of the culture. Very recommended, especially if you are really interested in Thai cooking. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I took a peek at this because I'd recently taken a cooking class *in* Bangkok and the timing was too funny! It was interesting to see the same place through a photographer's eye -- and, as always, to realize that no place is as beautiful as it looks in Instagram-worthy photos, but that seeing more of the whole picture makes travel so worthwhile. This book has gorgeous photos and makes me wish I was a less lazy cook. I took a peek at this because I'd recently taken a cooking class *in* Bangkok and the timing was too funny! It was interesting to see the same place through a photographer's eye -- and, as always, to realize that no place is as beautiful as it looks in Instagram-worthy photos, but that seeing more of the whole picture makes travel so worthwhile. This book has gorgeous photos and makes me wish I was a less lazy cook.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiamat_the_red

    This cookbook is gorgeous. I desperately wish I'd read it before I went to Bangkok; I feel like it makes the city seem more approachable to see it through the eyes of someone who loves it. I have not cooked any of the recipes yet. They almost all look like Projects, but I look forward to trying at least a few of them. I really enjoyed reading about the city, its food and the memories they evoke for Ms. Punyaratabandhu. This cookbook is gorgeous. I desperately wish I'd read it before I went to Bangkok; I feel like it makes the city seem more approachable to see it through the eyes of someone who loves it. I have not cooked any of the recipes yet. They almost all look like Projects, but I look forward to trying at least a few of them. I really enjoyed reading about the city, its food and the memories they evoke for Ms. Punyaratabandhu.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ambur Taft

    Lovely pictures and stories, and the food looks amazing, way out of my comfort level of cooking though. Fairly hard to track down many of the ingredients in my area as well. Serves as a great motivation to eat my way through Thailand, or at least try a few new things at a big city Thai restaurant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Bangkok - Recipes and Stories From the Heart of Thailand Author: Leela Punyaratabandh Publisher: Ten Speed Press Published: 5-9-2017 Pages: 368 Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine Sub-Genre: International; Cookbooks; Ethnic Cuisine, Asian ISBN: 978039958311 ASIN: B01JEMPFSG Reviewed For NetGalley and Ten Speed Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 5 Stars Beautiful photos accompany the stories and recipes will draw you to Leela Punyaratabandh's Thai cookbook. Dishes we have tried in restaurants and friends' homes. Title: Bangkok - Recipes and Stories From the Heart of Thailand Author: Leela Punyaratabandh Publisher: Ten Speed Press Published: 5-9-2017 Pages: 368 Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine Sub-Genre: International; Cookbooks; Ethnic Cuisine, Asian ISBN: 978039958311 ASIN: B01JEMPFSG Reviewed For NetGalley and Ten Speed Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 5 Stars Beautiful photos accompany the stories and recipes will draw you to Leela Punyaratabandh's Thai cookbook. Dishes we have tried in restaurants and friends' homes. Learn of the culture and people. Emerse yourself and enjoy the flavors of Thailand. My rating is 5 out of stars. Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JEMPFSG/... Barnes and Noble Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bang... GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... The Reading Room: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph... Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Roaleen

    What a joy to read! Ms. Punyaratabandhu writes in a delightful breezy, personal and very informative manner. Her research into the traditional and family dining recipes is impressive. I read cookbooks like novels, and Southeast Asian food is my favorite. I have a large bookcase of Asian cookbooks and am delighted to have this book join my favors. This book has many recipes that I'm eager to try. A. Lot of them I've never seen before, and there as are some familiar ones that are refined by the aut What a joy to read! Ms. Punyaratabandhu writes in a delightful breezy, personal and very informative manner. Her research into the traditional and family dining recipes is impressive. I read cookbooks like novels, and Southeast Asian food is my favorite. I have a large bookcase of Asian cookbooks and am delighted to have this book join my favors. This book has many recipes that I'm eager to try. A. Lot of them I've never seen before, and there as are some familiar ones that are refined by the author and/ or changed to reflect a more traditional take on the food. A few of the recipes look a bit challenging, and the author acknowledges that they may be, and then she goes on, in explicit detail, on exactly how one can deal with the complexity. It makes all the recipes more approachable and doable. Great Book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This is a particularly handsome culinary book, with beautiful photographs and well set text, and Punyaratabandhu is a remarkable guide. While I enjoy eating Thai dishes on a regular basis from a number of neighborhood restaurants, I've never before tried making them — they seem intimidatingly complex. And while, yes, Punyaratabandhu highlights some dishes that in fact are complex, what humanizes them are her loving descriptions, finely details steps, and context, context, context. The way, for e This is a particularly handsome culinary book, with beautiful photographs and well set text, and Punyaratabandhu is a remarkable guide. While I enjoy eating Thai dishes on a regular basis from a number of neighborhood restaurants, I've never before tried making them — they seem intimidatingly complex. And while, yes, Punyaratabandhu highlights some dishes that in fact are complex, what humanizes them are her loving descriptions, finely details steps, and context, context, context. The way, for example, rice rinsing water can be used in other dishes, or how different "courses" are thought of in Thailand, or family recipes that have been handed down to her, and now us. My only regret is my ignorance of the cuisine: I'm still working to understand the basic principles. I will return to this book, after reading and cooking more, and likely only enjoy it more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashani

    Beautiful book and a great cultural exposure by Leela's own experiences. You have to agree, if its going to be about another cuisine(a cuisine so established beyond USA) so foreign, the ingredients will be sort of hard to finds. You have to agree. But Amazon and all the online markets now got everything. I read this from library. But this recipes are much doable than the recipes from other Thai food books. fingers crossed on delicious food from this one ! Beautiful book and a great cultural exposure by Leela's own experiences. You have to agree, if its going to be about another cuisine(a cuisine so established beyond USA) so foreign, the ingredients will be sort of hard to finds. You have to agree. But Amazon and all the online markets now got everything. I read this from library. But this recipes are much doable than the recipes from other Thai food books. fingers crossed on delicious food from this one !

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz Freed

    Gorgeous food porn. The stories in between recipes were delightful and gave me a flavor of Punyaratabandhu's life as a Thai American--of Thailand, and of the Thailand immigrants create here too. While some recipes I could never do (hours of work, tools I don't have), others are surprisingly easy. But I didn't read it for the recipes: I read it for the pictures. Gorgeous food porn. The stories in between recipes were delightful and gave me a flavor of Punyaratabandhu's life as a Thai American--of Thailand, and of the Thailand immigrants create here too. While some recipes I could never do (hours of work, tools I don't have), others are surprisingly easy. But I didn't read it for the recipes: I read it for the pictures.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    These recipes look delicious but too difficult to replicate unless you live near a Thai or Asian market. I would love for the author to create ingredient substitutions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    Well put together book but not a good resource for vegetarians.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    such a beautiful cookbook. has a lot of recipes and ingredients that might not be familiar to no Thai or Asian cooks. Goes far beyond the usual recipes. want to make the pomelo salad

  19. 4 out of 5

    YC

    First, let me start by saying I love Thai food. It may be one of my favourite cuisines ever. I was very excited when I received this ARC to review. The book is filled with gorgeous pictures, anecdotes, and history among the recipes. I like that the author also shares the stories behind the ingredients and recipes, it was a joy to read. However, I felt that some of the recipes would be harder to replicate at home - it calls for ingredients that seem near impossible to find in the Western world. Ma First, let me start by saying I love Thai food. It may be one of my favourite cuisines ever. I was very excited when I received this ARC to review. The book is filled with gorgeous pictures, anecdotes, and history among the recipes. I like that the author also shares the stories behind the ingredients and recipes, it was a joy to read. However, I felt that some of the recipes would be harder to replicate at home - it calls for ingredients that seem near impossible to find in the Western world. Many recipes seem involved and difficult, or at least very time consuming, which may encourage or discourage you from picking up this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have to remind myself it's okay not to like every book I read. And with this cookbook, it wasn't so much that I didn't like it, more that it was too advanced for me. I was daunted by the scope of the recipes and the ingredients contained within many. The recipes seem so complicated. The flip side of that is that I have no doubt they are thorough, authentic, and delicious. The pictures are gorgeous and I did note a few of the more familiar dishes to try, mostly curries and noodle dishes. I am g I have to remind myself it's okay not to like every book I read. And with this cookbook, it wasn't so much that I didn't like it, more that it was too advanced for me. I was daunted by the scope of the recipes and the ingredients contained within many. The recipes seem so complicated. The flip side of that is that I have no doubt they are thorough, authentic, and delicious. The pictures are gorgeous and I did note a few of the more familiar dishes to try, mostly curries and noodle dishes. I am glad I had the chance to learn more about common ingredients and techniques in the traditional dishes of Bangkok. I received a review copy of this cookbook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aleece

    I enjoyed this cookbook, there were a lot of interesting recipes and I loved the gorgeous pictures. The only problem for me was that a lot of these recipes are not easily reproducible. Some of the ingredients are not commonly found. Still I really enjoyed reading through the recipes, but there were a lot of stories that went along with the recipes some full of joy, others not so much. There were a lot of stories and I felt that they distracted me from the cookbook (yes, I know the title said rec I enjoyed this cookbook, there were a lot of interesting recipes and I loved the gorgeous pictures. The only problem for me was that a lot of these recipes are not easily reproducible. Some of the ingredients are not commonly found. Still I really enjoyed reading through the recipes, but there were a lot of stories that went along with the recipes some full of joy, others not so much. There were a lot of stories and I felt that they distracted me from the cookbook (yes, I know the title said recipes and stories but there were a lot more than I was anticipating). Overall a good cookbook though depending on the area you live in the ingredients may be harder or easier to find. I received this advanced copy from Ten Speed Press through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This was very out of my usual wheelhouse of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. That being said, there were veggie options. First, the cookbook is beautiful. The recipes seem to have great flavor profiles and for someone wanting to learn to cook Thai food it is an easy 4/5 stars. The only drawback is really only a problem if you live outside of an urban area with access to some of the more difficult to find ingredients. In most recipes there were a couple ingredients that would absolutely have to be c This was very out of my usual wheelhouse of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. That being said, there were veggie options. First, the cookbook is beautiful. The recipes seem to have great flavor profiles and for someone wanting to learn to cook Thai food it is an easy 4/5 stars. The only drawback is really only a problem if you live outside of an urban area with access to some of the more difficult to find ingredients. In most recipes there were a couple ingredients that would absolutely have to be chased down. Admittedly that is an expectation when looking at learning to cook food specific from a region but it is something about which a reader should be aware.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    This cookbook was refreshing to read, due to how originally it is written. Directions include promptings to "use your third eye" to visual things. Recipes are unusual, like Spicy Fish Flakes (hell relish) and Watermelon with Fish Dip. Mid-recipe tips include advice such as "you'll sweat and cough - possibly also cuss." Stories about Thailand (most featuring a connection between food and people) are interspersed. Some of these are bittersweet or rather somber, like "Kindness on the Death Railway" " This cookbook was refreshing to read, due to how originally it is written. Directions include promptings to "use your third eye" to visual things. Recipes are unusual, like Spicy Fish Flakes (hell relish) and Watermelon with Fish Dip. Mid-recipe tips include advice such as "you'll sweat and cough - possibly also cuss." Stories about Thailand (most featuring a connection between food and people) are interspersed. Some of these are bittersweet or rather somber, like "Kindness on the Death Railway" "In Remembrance of Queens Khao Man Kai" Shellfish and meat is used extensively throughout the book, which limited my options, but seems to be a true representation of Thai cuisine. Overall, the recipes were a bit too text-dense for me, as each one was introduced with a paragraph or three of background information. The recipes seem involved and difficult, or at least very time consuming. That might make it more attractive to some cooks, and much less attractive to other cooks. A high skill level or a good amount of patience seems required to accomplish these recipes. For me, this book's dessert section really impressed. A version of one of my favorite dishes, khaya!! is included with a cute twist of using cubes of bread on little skewers, and dipping them into the luscious custard, which makes it very easy to eat. And Mango Sundae with Pandan-Coconut Sticky Rice also looks amazing. Recommended for advanced home cooks, or those with an interest in Thai cuisine. **eARC Netgalley**

  24. 5 out of 5

    roxi Net

    It's a great book with fascinating stories, photos, and recipes. I really enjoyed the author's personal stories and description of the history of Bangkok. It's food is "described as an indigenous Central cuisine with heavy influences...of foreign cultures -- Chinese, Mon, Persian, Portuguese, modern European, North American, and more" which explains the immense interest I have in it! The recipes are beautiful, yet I found myself confused at its narrative version rather than listed out steps (it' It's a great book with fascinating stories, photos, and recipes. I really enjoyed the author's personal stories and description of the history of Bangkok. It's food is "described as an indigenous Central cuisine with heavy influences...of foreign cultures -- Chinese, Mon, Persian, Portuguese, modern European, North American, and more" which explains the immense interest I have in it! The recipes are beautiful, yet I found myself confused at its narrative version rather than listed out steps (it's my own failing of avoiding instructions :D). Otherwise, it was fairly easy to follow along. It was nice to have personal Bangkok-based stories accompany the recipes. Many of the recipes I found to be technically different (but then again, I'm not a great technical cook), but it was well worth the time and effort putting the dishes together. It's an amazing reference book that I'll go back to many times over.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Crain

    I wanted to get behind this book and enjoy the heck out of it. What's not to love about combining food and culture? Well, I sadly didn't find myself falling in love with any part of it. Truth be told, it isn't a bad book at all. I liked how the author included stories about her culture and backgrounds on what gave birth to her shared recipes. For me though a lot of the recipes just didn't sound that good or seemed overly ingredient heavy. I understand completely if that's how these dishes are me I wanted to get behind this book and enjoy the heck out of it. What's not to love about combining food and culture? Well, I sadly didn't find myself falling in love with any part of it. Truth be told, it isn't a bad book at all. I liked how the author included stories about her culture and backgrounds on what gave birth to her shared recipes. For me though a lot of the recipes just didn't sound that good or seemed overly ingredient heavy. I understand completely if that's how these dishes are meant to be prepared then that's how the recipes should be written. Just for me personally I wasn't head over heels about any of it. Thanks though to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me an early look and review opportunity.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Please Pass the Books

    Beautiful photographs and wonderfully authentic recipes, but perhaps a little too complicated for the everyday home chef.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Wonderfull cookbook, amazing recipes, flavourful, colorful but feasible and gorgeous photographs, an absolute winner......

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jesica DeHart

    From the description of her families home in Bangkok with the edible garden where the most important conversations with her grandmothers happen to the humorously accurate description of the Thai preference for chewy and bouncy foods this book captures not only a city but a sense of place. This is a cookbook that will take you to the other side of the world and bring you right to the markets and tables of the best laid meals and invite you to stay awhile.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Reyes

    I have to remind myself it's okay not to like every book I read. And with this cookbook, it wasn't so much that I didn't like it, more that it was too advanced for me. I was daunted by the scope of the recipes and the ingredients contained within many. The recipes seem so complicated. The flip side of that is that I have no doubt they are thorough, authentic, and delicious. The pictures are gorgeous and I did note a few of the more familiar dishes to try, mostly curries and noodle dishes. I am g I have to remind myself it's okay not to like every book I read. And with this cookbook, it wasn't so much that I didn't like it, more that it was too advanced for me. I was daunted by the scope of the recipes and the ingredients contained within many. The recipes seem so complicated. The flip side of that is that I have no doubt they are thorough, authentic, and delicious. The pictures are gorgeous and I did note a few of the more familiar dishes to try, mostly curries and noodle dishes. I am glad I had the chance to learn more about common ingredients and techniques in the traditional dishes of Bangkok.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    Love it - love the stories, the pictures, the recipes. Takes me back to Bangkok and the amazing sights, sounds and tastes there. Thank you. Have cooked a few of the dishes and look forward to cooking more!

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