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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2001
I have recently returned from Thailand and greatly enjoyed the food there. I wanted a Thai cookbook so that I could try and re-create Thai food in my own kitchen and bought this one. It is a great book and I have made some very authentic tasting Thai meals, and I'm a hopeless cook!
The ingredient substitutions are also really useful for hard to find stuff. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 1999
I really like this cookbook. It is one of the best that I have, and it is the ONLY Thai cookbook I have. So far I have made 10 dishes (including Pad Thai and Pad See Ewe) and they have all turned out great. I haven't been to a Thai restaurant since I've bought this book!
I like McDermott's easy, simple style. When possible, she lists substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients. There is also a complete glossary in the back of the book. You will especially enjoy the recipe for pad thai because it is simplified (no hard-to-find ingredients), and yet it tastes great.
I picked this book because of the reviews that I found here at Amazon and if you are looking for a good Thai cookbook, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 1997
its main claim to fame is its authenticity.keep in mind that the author is an american who is far more accurate in describing thai food than the many thai ( and some japanese) who have decided to write a thai cookbook. these latter entrepeneurs too often include recipes for dishes that one would never find in thailand. for instance: the use of western ingredients not found in thailand such as lemons, salmon, italian parsley, codfish, etc. etc. i have about fifty thai cookbooks and at least forty of these will not produce a recognizable thai dish by following the instructions. ms. mcdermott knows about thai cooking and how to write about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 1999
The recipes in this book are well designed. I can follow the steps easily and make substitutions for the hard-to-find ingredients. It's easy to reproduce delicious meals from Thai restaurants. This book is so dependable that I will cook new meals from it for company without any worries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 1999
This cookbook was recommended in a cooking class I attended on Thai cuisine. I surprisingly found most recipes to be simple and easy even for cooks who are not experts. I highly recommended this book to anyone interested in this type of cuisine. It seems foolproof!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2002
Probably the best Thai cookbook I have read, but indeed, no pictures to accompany the recipes. Quantities are not exactly specified but the emphasis is on the balance of the primary Thai flavours: hot, sweet, salty and sour. The directions are outstandingly detailed and accurate and concentrate on the areas where one is mostly likely to go wrong. Overall, it has given me the most authentic Thai tasting food of any cookbook I've ever tried.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2001
This book contains no pictures on food preparation of final presentation. Quantities such as a 'Cup' are not defined, and no metric measurements are specified. I tried a couple of recipies and was disappointed. Overall I was not impressed...
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2002
Unfortunately I cannot comment as to the success or otherwise of the recipes in this book as despite having this book for over six months, the total lack of pictures or illustrations has left me totally uninspired to even try anthing ! Surely the visual aspect of food is more inspiring than a list of ingredients and instructions...at least to get the taste buds going before getting into the details ? Maybe this is suited to the serious cook but for someone like me who likes to flick through a cookbook to get inspiration for something new or different then it certainly doesn't work - I just keep puting it back on the shelf !
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