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Delightful Thai Cooking Paperback – Aug 1991

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Ambrosia Publications (Aug. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962781045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962781049
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,008,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
My wife took classes from the author. She has taught many of the Thai chefs in Seattle. This is not the only Thai cookbook we own but it is the best. I love the Phad Thai, curry chicken and the coconut milk chicken soup (Tom Ka Gai). It has lots of other great recipes.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This is a GREAT Thai cookbook, very authentic. 12 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
My wife took classes from the author. She has taught many of the Thai chefs in Seattle. This is not the only Thai cookbook we own but it is the best. I love the Phad Thai, curry chicken and the coconut milk chicken soup (Tom Ka Gai). It has lots of other great recipes.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Perfect intro to Thai if you've decided to tackle it 8 Jan. 2000
By Nadine Harris - Published on
Format: Paperback
Can't be beat. gets right to the point. Preparation is easy: what an Asian housewife would do after work, so you can forget about the five pots and the special tool for peeling bamboo shoots. And what I love best: the recipes WORK. They come out just right, they taste like a Thai restaurant and they don't seem to have come from Woman's Day. The spring rolls are AWESOME. The green curry with shrimp caused people to keep talking about it to me two years later. Not fussy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Limited Book 19 Aug. 2009
By Michael-Forest - Published on
Format: Paperback
As Thai food becomes increasingly popular in the US (and abroad), hundreds of Thai cookbooks have hit the market, and it's difficult for those interested in cooking Thai food to know what to look for. So let me tell you what you'll get with Delightful Thai Cooking:

In short, you get a small paperback cookbook with a collection of hit-and-miss recipes.

I have been cooking Thai food at home for over 15 years now, and Delightful Thai Cooking is one of the 10 or so Thai cookbooks I own. It was actually the second I ever purchased, and I've cooked a number of recipes from its pages.

Some pointers:
*Some of the recipes in Delightful Thai Cooking are quite good; a few are excellent. Most, however, are lacking in various regards when cooked straight according to the recipe, and require substantial revision to get where you'd want them. Some dishes seem to be too strongly flavoured, others not strongly enough, etc. And there are even a few small errors in a couple of recipes which could trip up new cooks.
*It contains no photos (apart from the cover), and very few helpful illustrations (though the illustrations, where present, are much appreciated). If you need photos, this is not the book for you.
*As I am not Thai, I cannot be 100% of how authentic any book is, but I have never seen another Thai cookbook which recommended some of the American shortcuts found in this cookbook: I seriously doubt that using ketchup and peanut butter (as opposed to home-ground peanuts) are particularly "authentic" Thai ingredients. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd guess that some of the recipes in Delightful Thai Cooking are authentic, and some are quite Americanized. Other recipes are prepared in unusual ways that give them a flavour that is not characteristic of most more authentic recipes. One example of this is the recipe for Tom Kha Gai, which recommends frying curry paste, garlic, and black pepper with the traditional fragrant trio at the beginning of the recipe before adding liquid. None of the other 10 Tom Kha Gai recipes I've made have suggested adding any of these ingredients, or of starting the soup by frying. Don't get me wrong, the resulting soup was very tasty. It just didn't taste like Tom Kha Gai.
*All of the curries (as far as I recall) expect you to make your own curry paste. If you would rather just buy canned (or bottled) curry paste at the grocery store to save yourself time, the recipes in this book may taste "off".

On the positive side, most of the recipes are moderately easy to prepare.

If you happen to own the book, the Coconut Custard recipe in its dessert section is one of the few that really stand out (I'd be happy to share a few others if anyone cares to inquire).

Overall, however, I cannot recommend Delightful Thai Cooking when there are so many other quite excellent Thai cookbooks available.

If you are looking for a Thai cookbook, I suggest the following:
For absolute beginners, I recommend Simply Thai Cooking.
For those who prefer to see photos of every single dish in a book and want to try something a little more authentic, Thailand: The Beautiful Cookbook is a personal favorite.
If you'd like something very authentic, True Thai is consistently excellent (and has become my favourite Thai cookbook).
For something even MORE authentic (requiring hard-to-find ingredients), Thai Food has an enormous selection of recipes.

I notice that most of those posting positive reviews of this cookbook have taken courses from (or otherwise know) the author. Perhaps, when combined with a course where the author can teach you how to prepare the dishes in person, many of the recipes in this book may be excellent (assuming one does things the author has taught them which are not written in the pages of the cookbook). Unfortunately, this has not at all been my own experience when trying to prepare the recipes on my own.

[Updated in 2014 with more detail and to reflect my current recommendations.]
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dog-eared with use ... 24 Jan. 2009
By A. L. McCoy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite of this series. It makes thai cooking accessible to the beginner. The dishes come out even better than some of the best restaurant meals I've had. The instructions are simple and well-written. This book took the mystery out of thai cooking and allowed me to make awesome dishes that impress friends.

Eng Tie Ang has obviously dedicated her life to food, and it shows in these books. The recipes take a few short cuts here and there, but the quality doesn't suffer as a result. This makes them even more useful for the mother who's cooking for the family. I love that!
basic yet amazing! 6 Feb. 2015
By Britta E. - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ive bought this book for 3 of my family members so far, basic yet amazing!
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