Whether you're craving a rich Thai green curry, a fresh salad or a fiery, aromatic soup, a dedicated cookbook will show you how to prepare authentic Thai cuisine at home
Reviewing our favourites from from well-known chefs and restaurateurs like the team at Rosa's Thai Cafe, we've selected 10 of the best Thai cookbooks on Amazon and Kindle. From traditional meals to street food and vegan recipes, even beginners can recreate beloved Thai recipes. อร่อย!
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Many recipe guides boast methods for more than 100 different dishes, which can be exciting and inspiring for ambitious home chefs who love to experiment and know where they are with a wok.
If you're a beginner or not the slickest in the kitchen, try a cookbook with a more manageable 70 to 80 recipes. It's also a good ideal to seek out those with a focus on 'easy' recipes or clear layouts that explain cooking techniques step-by-step.
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What are your Thai cooking hopes and dreams? Do you envision lots of yummy curries for dinner through the weeks, are you planning to host a multi-course meal or are you a slave to your sweet tooth?
The staples of Thai cuisine are soups, salads, curries, rice and noodle dishes with meat, fish and tofu, but most cookbooks are packed with appetisers, stir fries, drinks and desserts too. Get clear on the frequency with which you'll be cooking Thai treats so you know the variety of dishes you'd like in a cookbook.
If you're looking to prepare a Thai green curry, you'll want to stock up on coconut milk!
A native Thai chef will know all the ins and outs of Thai cooking as they'll have been surrounded by local ingredients and recipes throughout their lives. Some Thai chefs may have moved abroad and opened restaurants, taking on new culinary influences, while others have been raised by Thai parents in the US or UK. These life experiences can bring a new angle to their style of cooking, but will still have its roots in Thailand.
While chefs who aren't from Thailand and don't have strong family connections may have only discovered Thai cooking in their home countries or through foreign travel, it doesn't mean their knowledge of, or appreciation for the magic of Thai cuisine isn't up to scratch.
They may have studied the skills and ingredients with more intensity than someone to whom Thai cooking came naturally. They may also have adapted some recipes for Western tastes which could be appealing to some cooks in the UK, or have developed brand new fusion dishes blending Thai flavours and textures with the best of other countries' cooking.
Did you know, a lot of Thai dishes get their authentic flavour through the addition of fish sauce?
Some of us can easily envisage a recipe. We merely read a string of words and the image pops into our heads, no trouble. Others of us find it harder to be tantalised by the description of a meal with no picture. And for those of us, there is no choice but to purchase a recipe book which contains an image of every. Single. Meal.
Having big, bright colour photographs really helps you make the most of your recipe book as you'll be inspired to try out more of the dishes, rather than ignoring some.
Though fish and meat are a huge part of traditional Thai cooking, there are loads of spectacular dishes that just happen to be veggie and dairy-free – coconut milk provides the base for a lot of soups and sauces, for instance.
However, if you want to skip the fish sauce entirely but keep the flavour, look for a Thai cookbook devoted to vegetarian recipes or even entirely plant-based Thai meals. Vegan recipes make the most of soy, tempeh, aromatic spices and flavourful Asian veg.
If you are fine with most recipes using prawns or beef but like to have access to yummy veggie recipes too, consider a cookbook with a decent chapter's worth of meat-free dishes. This way you can cater to any plant-preferring loved ones and give yourself the opportunity to experiment too, getting the best of both worlds.
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Kiin: Recipes and Stories From Northern Thailand
Recipes From Northern Thailand With Sumptuous Photography and Inspiring Design
Rosa's Thai Cafe
The Vegetarian Cookbook
Meat-Free Recipes From a Beloved Thai Cafe
Illustrated Cookbook With Clear Recipes and a Personal Touch
Thai in 7: Delicious Thai Recipes in 7 Ingredients or Fewer
Thai-Inspired Recipes Made With Just Seven Ingredients
Thai Cooking With Sunshine
Mouthwatering Thai Recipes From a Charismatic Chef
Vegan Thai Kitchen
75 Vegan Thai Recipes With Gluten-Free Options Too
Danette St. Onge
Better Than Takeout Thai Cookbook
Prepare Your Favourite Takeaway Dishes at Home
Hot Thai Kitchen
Authentic Thai Cuisine With Drinks Pairings and Tips
The Curry Guy: Thai
Easy Thai Recipes With Delicious Results
Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen
A Great Book for Beginners With Straightforward Recipes
This book is our winner as there is a wonderful variety of dishes without feeling overwhelming. Many reviewers say they've managed almost every recipe and that many have entered their weekly repertoire. Nuit Regular brings Northern Thailand's cooking to life with a cheerful simplicity, so reading through each method is a joy and never a chore.
From appetisers to desserts and everything in between, these recipes feel very authentic and use dynamic, varied ingredients that will fill your kitchen with the scents of Thailand. There is a whole vegetarian section with many vegan options too, and the top-quality photos round off a superb reading experience. Ten out of ten!
What's not to love about this glorious cookbook? Every recipe is meat-free (with vegan amendments for most), and we guarantee that even carnivores will fall in love with the way these dishes taste. Even if you've never been to Rosa's, you'll be swept away on a Bangkok breeze when you tuck into these sophisticated yet easy-to-prepare creations.
There are more than a hundred dishes to choose from and a great variety that includes snacks, stir-fries, curries, noodles and even sauces, stocks and homemade curry pastes. A personalised note comes with each dish which gives the book a warmth and friendliness just like the restaurant atmosphere.
If you love bold, colourful graphics as much as you adore Thai cuisine, this is the book for you. Kay Plunkett-Hogge has spent more than half her years in Thailand, where she was born, and now writes for several big British publications with a focus on her home country's cuisine.
There are watercolour illustrations by Bodil Jane, too, that are at once cute and achingly on-trend. Each dish is photographed to perfection and the funky graphic style really does entice a hungry reader into actually cooking something. There's a personal story behind every recipe and the instructions are really clear, saving you time and precious brain cells.
Sebby Holmes named his Thai restaurant Farang, or 'white foreigner' in Thai. He makes no bones about the fact his book focuses on Thai-inspired cooking rather than 100% authentic dishes. If your aim is to get as close as possible to the real thing, this book isn't for you, but if you love Thai staples with a twist, you'll love it.
The key selling point here has to be that every recipe uses seven ingredients or fewer. When the thought of cooking a big meal feels intimidating, a long ingredients list is the last thing you need. The layout is super clear, the method leaps from the page and each photograph is tastefully styled and shot.
What we particularly love about this book is Sunshine's irresistible joy that shines on every page. She really knows her stuff, so it's no wonder she's the leader of a popular Thai cooking course that attracts students from across the globe. While there aren't pictures of every recipe, the quality and detail more than make up for it.
Recipes are sometimes spread over multiple pages and involve more complex tasks than other more fast-paced books. But the delicate, complex flavours and warm personal reflections on each dish make this book a brilliant choice for anyone dedicated to cooking who wants to whip up something a cut above the average.
If you're not a seasoned chef, recipe books can often be overwhelming. This one keeps them short and lays them out simply, with a photo of the dish on one page and the entire recipe on the other. The recipes are so imaginative that your non-vegan friends will be hard-pushed to find fault with the flavour combos!
Skipping dairy, eggs and of course, fish sauce, these recipes use healthy, animal-free alternatives without missing out on the textures that make Thai cuisine delightful. Sarah Jansala and her mother Renoo are the proud owners of Portland, Oregon's first ever veggie Thai eatery. Their love of food is clear on every page and their accessible tone is encouraging for beginners.
Takeaways can often end up feeling pretty depressing. Though Thai food stands up well when rushed to you on a moped and hastily reheated, there really is nothing better than cooking up a storm yourself at home. This book allows you that simple pleasure, and it's super fun to use.
Each double page is stunning, with a clearly laid out recipe and a photograph to get you inspired. Danette St Onge not only writes about food and travel, but she is also obsessed with the chemistry of cooking; flavour matches made in heaven are her speciality. Ambitious chefs will love the sheer variety of dishes.
Instagram star, Youtuber and kitchen whizz Pailin Chongchitnant has built an empire around her knowledge of Thai cuisine. Her book has upwards of 100 recipes, and though not every one is photographed, they are all bursting with colour and crunch. There's a veggie and vegan section too, as well as chapters on curries, soups, dips and desserts.
Some recipes involve turning a page or two which can be an annoyance when your fingertips are covered in chopped ginger, but Pai's cheerful tone should be enough to spur you on. There are some extremely long ingredient lists and some complex methods, so if you're not a confident cook, this may not be the pick for you.
The top selling point of this book must be the layout. Everything looks exceptional and each recipe is bashed out in impossibly direct instructions so you'll have no choice but to focus on putting together your feast. The photography is stunning and will have your mouth watering on every page.
The Curry Guy is actually Dan Toombs, a British curry lover who has taken his passion to extremes by exploring curries from all over the world – though there are plenty of other Thai dishes here too. While some recipes may not be as authentic as in other books, there are some great flavours and each recipe is nothing if not newbie-friendly.
This book has some wonderfully simple dishes, which use moreish ingredients and involve straightforward techniques just right for a beginner. There are a hundred recipes, including a huge variety of dishes, so you'll never be stuck for evening inspiration or dinner party menu ideas.
The recipes are sometimes spread over multiple pages which could be a very minor downside, and not all the beautiful dishes are photographed, but hopefully, once you've tried a few you'll realise you're in safe hands with Thai cooking blogger Leela Punyaratabandhu. Simply scrumptious snacks.
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