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Thai Street Food: Authentic Recipes, Vibrant Traditions Hardcover – 21 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (21 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082846
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.2 x 33.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,653,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is first class" -- The Guardian

"David Thomson is a leading authority on Thai food and this beautifully photographs book is not only filled with some of the most authentic street food recipes you'll find but images that evoke street life and really help to set the scene." -- BBC Good Food magazine

"A gorgeous coffee table book with stunning photos. As much a very readable insight into a fascinating country as it is a cookbook." -- Sunday Tribune

"The recipes are authentic and excellent" -- The Spectator

"Float through a tropical heatwave with David Thomson's classy Thai Street Food" --The Scotsman --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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David Thompson is already a best-selling author, with over 35,000 copies of his previous book sold in the UK to date. This is an already an award winning book, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2009 - Winner Best Foreign Cookery (Australia), Kinokuniya Cookbook of the Year 2009 - Winner. In July 2001, David opened Nahm. Seven months later, it gained a Michelin star, making the restaurant the first Thai restaurant to attain such an award. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Y. Fung on 19 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. And I loved his first. But this is not a book for cooking everyday food and there is nothing wrong with that. Street food often comprises dishes that are too fiddly to prepare at home, that's why you eat them when you're out. Also, unless you live in SE Asia or are buddies with an exotic food wholesaler, you may struggle to get some of the ingredients to make these dishes. This book is a celebration of the delights, ingredients, drama, bustle and sheer humanity of eating on the streets in Thailand. Reading it took me straight back to Bangkok's Chinatown. The pictures are excellent, the writing evocative and I love that it is coffee table-sized. Read it, immerse yourself and be inspired to cook. Heck, drag it into the kitchen now and again, it's not that heavy. But don't buy it if you want a collection of easy to replicate Thai dishes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bearman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly beautiful large book that is as much at home on the coffee table as in the kitchen. There are multi-page sections of beautiful full page photographs that give you the feeling of walking around Thai street markets, looking at all the fresh ingredients and characters working there.

The recipes are divided up by the times of the day that the food is prepared. Each section is divided from others by more of the beautiful photography. The recipes are largely easy to follow, but being totally authentic, you will need to visit a specialist Asian supermarket to source some of the ingredients in a few recipes.

Well worth the purchase price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Camelsham on 23 May 2012
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Great recipes. Very authentic. Loves his chillis! Have treid a few recipes and they have all turned out great. Takes some effort to do it properly and get all the ingredients but well worth it when you sit down to eat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on 12 Dec. 2013
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great book - stunning photography, lovely recipes and enough reading material to understanding the culture to make sitting down and pouring through this book with a cup of green tea totally worthwhile...
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By KLT on 6 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It's been a couple days since I received my copy and I've had a good chance to thoroughly go through the book. Let's start with the negatives - it's a heavy, mammoth-sized book, similar in size/volume to say a Sky HD box but much much heavier. It's by far the largest book I've ever bought, and unfortunately it won't fit on my bookshelf. A slightly smaller and lighter version would have been great (or maybe an iPad app).

'Thai Street Food' is a very different book to David Thompson's 'Thai Food' - in terms of style, layout and instructions it's almost the complete opposite with Thai Food being more 'chic' in design. I'm a fan of both books. 'Thai Food' in essence is an encyclopedia of Thai cuisine with a substantial amount of culture and history thrown in. Having tested many recipes I found the instructions at times far too brief. While there were many recipes without a photo (a pet hate of mine).

'Thai Street Food' is extremely thorough with regards to recipe instructions. Each recipe has a beautiful photo of what the finished dish should look like and how it should be presented. There are lots of other artistic and well-presented photos of Thai street life, markets and culture (compliments to the photographer). The cover is low-key, the pages have a similar appearance to recycled paper and overall it comes across as less polished and chic compared to Thai Food (this shouldn't be interpreted as a negative). The understated appearance is completely understandable - this is a book about street food, not Michelin-type food.

If your a big fan of Thai food, then this book is a must even with the drawback of the awkward size and weight of the book. I've already book marked lots of recipes I'll be testing in the coming months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M N R on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Massive, nearly 3 kilos.....loads of repetitive 'travel-type' photos...and, when they can be found, Thompson's authorative writing and recipes. I much prefer his Thai Food, its a lot more practical. It still gets 4 stars as I love his refusal to dumb down and the photos are well executed....time after time....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Swan on 16 Nov. 2010
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As many other reviews have pointed out, this book does contain a large amount of 'street life' pictures and I can see how many people take the view that this has been used to 'fill out' the book. I spend a lot of time in Thailand and have also met David Thompson, and would like to think it was an attempt to invoke some feeling of Thai life, as the author is quite passionate about all things Thai. I think the book does achieve this, although I do conceed that there's so much of it, the book almost looses it's identity as a cookbook and becomes a coffee table book.
The recipes themselves, are all top class authentic recreations of Thai cuisine, as they were in the authors last book, 'Thai food'. I've already made a couple, 'Kao glook gapi' and 'Moo ping', which were a sucess with my Thai friends, who as usual, asked my wife for the recipes, not thinking a foreigner could have been responsible for making them. Which for any Thai cook book, must be the ultimate barometer of sucess.
For me, an excellent cookbook, but could have done with less pictures, probably bringing the price down abit as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my brother and it is absolutely amazing, full of great recipes and photographs too. I would highly reccommend this for someone who is a big fan of thai food.
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