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My Book – Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Remember when the Zealous Water Buffalo told you many months ago that I was writing a book? Well, it’s done. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen won’t be available until around mid-May, but if you preorder it now, you will be among the first people to get it.

That’s not all, if you preorder the book now, you will be given access to a video tutorial on how to make red curry from scratch, from the homemade paste to the finished dish. I do not intend on making this video public on the blog or elsewhere, at least within the next year or so. So it will be available immediately to only the early birds among you and no one else. So, please be sure to keep the email confirmation from your bookseller of choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks, and Google Books) when you preorder.

You have until Thai New Year (April 13) to do so which is when I will tell you how to redeem your gift.

But first, let me tell you a bit about the book so you know what you’re investing in. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, I will sum up this book into one sentence. Continue Reading →

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How to Cook Sticky Rice the Easy Way and without a Steamer

thai sticky rice how to
Sometimes, I feel like all the brilliant friends I am fortunate to have, but perhaps don’t deserve, should be the ones writing this blog. My friend B very recently allowed me to share her Khao Na Gai recipe with you. Then a few weeks ago, my friend L showed me the only way he had been making perfect Thai sticky rice for the past several months. It’s done without a steamer.

I’ve tried this method many times since then, mostly just to prove him a misguided heretic. But in the end, I, too, have willingly joined the cult of splatter guard. And the post I had written and kept in the draft folder on 5 ways to perfectly steam sticky rice has suddenly been rendered obsolete. Continue Reading →

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Dried Pepper-Butter Shrimp


I’ve just realized that there have been quite a few recipes and photos which I’ve posted for those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook which my other readers who are not connected with me on those platforms have never seen. These don’t even include the recipes which I’ve developed for my weekly column on Serious Eats. So since I’ll be traveling overseas for the next several weeks, I thought, for the next couple of weeks, I would post some of the things some of you have missed on here.

But, if you feel like it, while I’m somewhat absent from my blog (I’ll be posting short recipes every few days, but I won’t be writing much), you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and read My Thai Cooking column on Serious Eats.

In the meantime, here’s a recipe for one of the dishes I’ve been making for several years. It’s good, though not Thai by any means. Continue Reading →

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