7 Best Thai Cookbooks of All Time

Discover the list of best Thai cookbooks of all time. Also, you will learn how we identify and surface the best Thai cookbook using objective evaluation.

The Essence of Thai Cooking
Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the United States and in the world. However, Thai food is quite expensive and hard to find in some areas when compared with Chinese food. If you are a Thai food lover, grabbing a cookbook and learn how to make Thai food at home is a great idea. And you can show your new skill to your friends and family. Moreover, Thai food is healthier too.

Inside the nutshell, Thai cuisine is the crossroads between Indian food and Chinese food. Indian food has a very strong influence on most Thai curry dishes and Thai people adapt stir-fry technique from Chinese cuisine. What makes Thai food 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.

In Search of the Best Thai Cookbooks
We read lots of articles about Thai cookbook suggestions on the internet. Then, we compile the list of all highly rated Thai 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, popularity of recipes and level of difficulty.

1. Authenticity: we know for the fact that some Thai cookbooks are not written by experts in the field. These authors are the experts in their areas (Asian Cooking) but just want to enter this market. We can determine for sure which cookbook is authentic by looking at the photos. Lots of time, the dishes don't look like Thai cuisine at all.

Some cookbook contains lots of fusion version of Thai recipes, for example, "Meatballs in Curry Sauce", "Thai Crab Cakes" or "Soft Spring Rolls with Fresh Mint." These recipes aren't recognized anywhere in Thailand.

2. Ingredient: since many Thai ingredients are not available in the United States, the best Thai cookbook should explain how to substitute some ingredients or tell you where to find important ingredients or show you how to prepare some basic ingredients by yourself.

3. Popularity of Recipes: some Thai cookbooks are too authentic and focus heavily on regional cuisine, which is uncommon to average Thai people too. Another example is that some street food are popular but people don't usually cook at home.

4. Level of Difficulty: some Thai cookbooks focus on royal recipes which are quite difficult to execute even in Thailand. Moreover, many recipes may require special equipment and tools that are not even common in Thai kitchen.

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