7 Best Thai Cookbooks of All Time

Do you like Thai cooking and would like to learn about Thai cuisine? This article will evaluate Thai recipe book and show you a list of 7 best Thai cookbooks.

Finding the Best Thai Cookbook

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States and around the world. However, standard Thai food at home, street food, and food to facilitate drinking are quite expensive and hard to find in some areas when compared with Chinese food.

If you are an authentic Thai food and street food lover, grabbing beautiful cookbooks, learn classic Thai recipes and learn how to cook Thai food at home is a good alternative to dining in a Thai restaurant or going to cooking class. You can show your new skill to your friends and family and it's the fun-having amongst friends to cook Thai food using everyday recipes. Moreover, Thai food and Thai recipes are healthier too.

Inside a nutshell, Thai cuisine and Thai food culture are the crossroads between Indian food culture and Chinese food culture. Indian food has a very strong influence on most Thai curry dishes and Thai people adopt the stir fry technique from Chinese cuisine. Southeast Asian food like Malay or Indonesian also has a bit of presence in Thai food like satay and peanut sauce.

What makes Thai food and Thai recipes so unique is the combination of 4 tastes, namely, sourness, sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness. These tastes help to create the party in your mouth or savory taste.

Best Thai Cookbook Ranking

We read lots of articles about Thai food cookbook suggestions on the internet. Then, we compile the list of all highly rated cookbooks. Duplicate and obsolete entries are deleted.

After that, we ask a team consists of both Thai and American experts to evaluate each cookbook based 4 on criteria, namely, authenticity, ingredient, the popularity of recipes and level of difficulty.

- Authenticity: we know for the fact that, sometimes, the cookbook is not written by Thai cook or expert in the field. The authors of Asian cookbooks are experts in Asian Cooking Techniques.

We can determine for sure what cookbooks are authentic by just looking at the photos. Lots of time, the dishes don't look like Thai cuisine at all. For example, Pad Thai doesn't look like a Thai dish.

Sometimes cookbooks contain lots of fusion versions of the Thai recipes, for example, "Meatballs in Curry Sauce", "Thai Crab Cakes" or "Soft Spring Rolls with Fresh Mint." These Thai recipes aren't recognized by Thai cooks anywhere in Thailand.

- Ingredient: since many Thai ingredients for everyday recipes are not available in the United States, the cookbook should explain how to substitute some ingredients and techniques to use or tell you where to find important ingredients like curry pastes and fish sauce or show you how to prepare some basic ingredients for popular Thai food by yourself.

- Popularity of Recipes: sometimes cookbook is too authentic and focuses heavily on regional cuisine, which is uncommon to the average Thai cooks too (quick and easy Thai home cooks prefer simple recipes.)

Another example is that some street food or night market delicious Thai food is popular but people don't usually cook at home.

- Level of Difficulty: sometimes cookbook focuses on royal recipes that contain difficult cooking ingredients and techniques to execute even for Thai cooks in Thailand.

Moreover, many recipes may require special equipment and tools that are not even common in the Thai kitchen.

In order to increase the diversity of cookbooks we are going to present, we remove some cookbooks from the same author. For example, Andy Ricker wrote 2 cookbooks, namely, Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand and Pok Pok The Drinking Food of Thailand the Cookbook, then, we only choose one cookbook.

Finally, we make the final cut based on our opinion and feedback we get from Amazon.com.

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Best Thai Cookbooks are as below:

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

  2. Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand

  3. Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions

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

  5. Nong's Thai Kitchen: 84 Classic Recipes that are Quick, Healthy and Delicious

  6. The Better Than Takeout Thai Cook book: Favorite Thai Food Recipes Made at Home

  7. True Thai: Real Flavors for Every Table

Do you like any Thai cookbook on this list?

- Sunanta, Sirijit. "The globalization of Thai cuisine." Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference, York University, Toronto. 2005.

- Salee, Marin, and Pongsak Shongpranam. "Development of standard recipes of Thai food used in traditional functions." 18. Rajamangala Institute of Technology Conference, Pathum Thani (Thailand), 15-17 Feb 2001. 2001.

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Last review and update: February 3, 2021
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