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Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand

From one of the most respected authorities on Thai cooking comes this beautiful and deeply personal ode to Bangkok, the top-ranked travel destination in the world.

Every year, more than 16 million visitors flock to Thailand’s capital city, and leave transfixed by the vibrant culture and unforgettable food they encounter along the way. Thai cuisine is more popular today than ever, yet there is no book that chronicles the real food that Thai people eat every day—until now.

 In Bangkok, award-winning author Leela Punyaratabandhu offers 120 recipes that capture the true spirit of the city—from heirloom family dishes to restaurant classics to everyday street eats to modern cosmopolitan fare. Beautiful food and location photography will make this a must-have keepsake for any reader who has fallen under Bangkok’s spell.


“This is a truly remarkable collection of cleverly selected recipes. Punyaratabandhu is a gifted storyteller, and her work is an outstanding addition to the Thai cooking canon.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW“When Leela Punyaratabandhu is your guide, you eat well. Leela is the rare writer who not only has a deep understanding, passion, and respect for the cultural and gastronomic history of her home country, but also an undying inquisitiveness into cooking technique and a desire to perfect that technique for the home cook. She has the soul of a Bangkokian and the mind of a recipe developer. Leela may have learned to cook from three generations of her family in a nineteenth-century Thai kitchen, but she is a ceaseless tinkerer, always looking to update, adapt, and improve. It’s what makes the recipes in this book actually work. In Bangkok you’ll find a book that is personal, accessible, and perhaps most importantly, jaw-droppingly delicious.”  —J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT, author of The Food Lab “No one can argue that Bangkok is one of the world’s greatest food cities. Leela Punyaratabandhu—the award-winning food blogger and Thai food expert— captures the culinary magic of her hometown in this luscious new book, from snacks to curries to Thai iced tea. She has created an authoritative and essential compendium for anyone who cares about Asian food. The section on noodles alone is worth the price of admission.” —JAMES OSELAND, author of Cradle of Flavor and judge on Top Chef Masters   “Deep-cut Thai recipes from a true expert.”- BON APPETIT “Bangkok is for the energized cook who will trek across town for a certain chile, collects specialized cookware, and plans vacations around eating as much as possible. The photography of the cookbook captures the city as much as the vibrant Thai food on the plate. Writer Leela Punyaratabandhu’s personal stories are scattered throughout to introduce each dish, and you can feel her passion for cooking even when describing the scent of jasmine rice.”- BON APPETIT COOKBOOK GIFT GUIDE 

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About the Author

LEELA PUNYARATABANDHU is the author of the award-winning cooking blog She Simmers and the book Simple Thai Food. Her writing has appeared on CNN Travel and the food website Serious Eats. Dividing her time between Chicago and Bangkok, Punyaratabandhu writes about Thai food and Thai restaurants both in the United States and Thailand.

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This is my favorite kind of cookbook. Beautiful to look at, it’s the kind of book you can read for pleasure, to learn about another place and another kind of life, and get a sense of what it is to be Thai, through beautiful descriptions and photographs, as well as recipes you can taste as you read them. The recipes do require some [slightly] challenging ingredients, but you can get them at any Asian grocery store, or on line here at Amazon. The cooking techniques are not difficult, and the end product looks wonderful. If you are interested in cooking delicious Thai food, these recipes are absolutely accessible. If you want to learn something of what it is to live in Thailand, the writing is beautiful and vivid.

  • Title: Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand
  • Autor: Leela Punyaratabandhu
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Ten Speed Press; First Edition edition (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Download File Format: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, AZW3 (Kindle)

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