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I’ve been back in the U.S. now for just over a month and have been getting my fill of cheese and bread – the two things I missed most living in Asia. While I haven’t just been eating cheese and bread, I surprised myself with the realization that…I haven’t eaten any rice! Or chilies. Or noodle soup.
Things that I ate almost every single day in Thailand I just haven’t had any of in the past four weeks.
Fortunately I can get decent Thai food in Seattle and live close to several Asian markets where I can find just about everything I need to cook up some dishes myself – they even have dragonfruit! (Not that it looks that good…)
While I have several recipes stashed away, there are a few recent Thai cookbooks that I can’t wait to get my hands on. (And I’m going to help you get one too…keep reading!)
Andy Ricker opened a small restaurant called Pok Pok in a Portland neighborhood in 2005 after spending years traveling and eating around Thailand. The shop soon became a national phenomenon (and now has more locations in Portland and New York) and in Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand Ricker shares some of the simple, tasty recipes that helped with his success.
The title says it all. Thailand: The Cookbook looks like the Mastering the Art of French Cooking for Thai food….plus gorgeous photos. Published this past May, Jean-Pierre Gabriel’s book features 500 recipes from across Thailand coupled with stunning photos of Thailand’s food, people and scenery.
I’ve mentioned the Thai food blog She Simmers before for its fantastic Thai food recipes, photos and explanations. When I ate something in Thailand and wanted to know what was in it or how to make it, I would visit this blog. Now the author behind She Simmers, Leela Punyaratabandhu, has her own cookbook filled with home-style recipes and, again, gorgeous photos. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen also an excellent choice for American cooks as Leela’s spent many years in the U.S. and breaks down how the dishes are traditionally made in Thailand as well as how they can be adapted for ‘stateside Thai chefs’.
Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lynsay for winning – check back soon for more giveaways!
Now the fun part – I’m giving away a copy of Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen to one lucky winner!
To enter simply head over to my Instagram account, give it a follow, then come back to this post and let me know you’ve entered in the comments below between now and Thursday, August 21st at 5:00 p.m. EST. I’ll then choose a winner and get your copy of Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen in the mail.
(Note: Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S. or Canada)
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