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Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick & Easy Family Style Recipes

Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick & Easy Family Style Recipes

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by Katie Chin, Katie Workman (Foreword by), Masano Kawana (Photographer)

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In Everyday Thai Cooking, Katie Chin—a chef hailed as the 'Asian Rachel Ray' by her many fans—shares her recipe secrets along with tips, tools, and techniques that enable you to easily bring delectable homemade Thai dishes to your table!

As the daughter of award-winning restaurateur Leeann Chin, Katie's heritage has been deeply rooted in


In Everyday Thai Cooking, Katie Chin—a chef hailed as the 'Asian Rachel Ray' by her many fans—shares her recipe secrets along with tips, tools, and techniques that enable you to easily bring delectable homemade Thai dishes to your table!

As the daughter of award-winning restaurateur Leeann Chin, Katie's heritage has been deeply rooted in the cultivation of fine Thai cuisine. Katie has since taken the culinary world by storm as a well-respected food writer, television personality, and now published author.

Katie is a success among the cooking community, however, her true reward stems from her success at home. As working mother of toddler twins, Katie realized a need for simple, easy and delicious Thai recipes that call for accessible ingredients and Everyday Thai Cooking delivers just that.

This Thai cookbook offers basic recipes for staple dishes that include both homemade and store-bought options. From appetizers to desserts, each step-by-step recipe lists preparation times (most within thirty minutes) and alternates for less accessible ingredients. Illustrated with mouthwatering color photographs, Everyday Thai Cooking features more than 100 simple recipes for delicious Thai food.

Favorite Thai recipes include:

  • Crunchy Siam Spring Rolls
  • Tom Yum Goong
  • Crispy Mango Chicken
  • Shaking Beef
  • Fragrant Coconut Fish in Banana Leaves
  • Mee Krob

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Katie Chin (300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes), sometimes referred to as the "Asian Rachael Ray," puts forth a winning collection of accessible Thai dishes. Once readers have stocked their pantries with a handful of staples like Thai basil, assorted curry pastes, palm sugar, fish sauce, and lemongrass, they'll find they're able to whip up any number of favorites such as larb—a spicy salad with minced pork, braised chicken in Thai yellow curry and the classic Pad Thai with a minimum of fuss. Those interested in broadening their horizons may find inventive riffs like lemongrass chicken wings, winter squash curry, roast duck salad and Thai crab cakes worth a try. Tips on prepping unique ingredients like lemongrass along with substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients (dark brown sugar is an able stand-in for palm sugar), and step-by-step instructions paired with photos for techniques help ensure readers get the desired result. A fine introduction to one of the world's most popular cuisines. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"Let's be real—I'm a fashion expert, not a chef. Therefore the kitchen intimidates me and I wouldn't know what to do with a bean sprout unless it came with a handbag. Katie Chin's dynamic personality and ability to make food a relatable experience has transformed my fear of Thai cooking into an obsession that is now a daily part of my life. Her choice of ingredients are stylishly unique, while the ease and taste of her dishes have become my obsession. Friends, ever wanted an excuse to turn up the heat in the kitchen? Here it is." —Jeannie Mai, television host of Style Network's "How Do I Look?" and fashion correspondent on NBC's "Today Show"

"I met Katie's mother Leeann Chin when she was a guest on my cooking series, "Hawaii Cooks." Leeann was a fabulous cook and teacher. With this new book, her daughter Katie will make Thai cooking simple and approachable for the home cook, just like her mother did with Chinese cooking for American kitchens. Katie makes Thai cuisine easy to understand and approachable." —Roy Yamaguchi, award winning chef, author, inventor of Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine and founder of Roy's Restaurant

"Flipping through the pages of this extraordinary cookbook, you cannot ignore Chin's unwavering passion for Thai cuisine. As a mother, wife, and daughter of a great restaurateur/chef, this is one teacher you want to pay attention to. The pages will inspire you, as it did for me, to bring your family and friends to the table to share a delicious healthy meal together." —Master Chef Martin Yan, author and host of Yan Can Cook

"Being a judge on Iron Chef America could be intimidating for some, but Katie's understanding and passion for good food came through. In her latest book, Everyday Thai Cooking, she presents a delicious and mouthwatering assortment of Thai recipes that are simple enough for any home cook to master." —Iron Chef Morimoto

"As a professional chef who spends 6 days a week cooking Italian cuisine, I often find myself craving an alternative cuisine when I get home. My friend Katie Chin has solved that problem for my family by arming us with the tools we need for a successful Thai meal. Her inspired menus will bring your family the taste and traditions of Thailand inside the time constraints of the hectic American family schedule. Technique is the foundation of all great cooking! Buy this book and you'll be armed with all you need to make a healthy, tasty meal in no time." —Michael Chiarello, acclaimed chef, cookbook author, TV personality and winemaker

"(F)illed with enthusiasm and energy—and, what's probably more important, it includes nearly 100 recipes with exotic ingredients that are fairly accessible. The directions are easy to follow, and there are great color photographs. It's no wonder Chin has been called the Asian Rachel Ray." —Booklist (Starred Review)

"Katie Chin's Everyday Thai Cooking is an ode to your taste buds—her recipes hit every note of spicy, sweet, sour and savory! The recipes are simple and quick (most meals can be made within 30 minutes or less) and every bit of authentic Thai. Katie's fool-proof recipes and insightful cook's tips ensure that your foray into Thai cooking is cheaper than restaurant dining, faster than take-out and just as delicious." —Jaden Hair, television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at www.SteamyKitchen.com blog

"I love it that every page of Katie Chin's Everyday Thai Cooking is filled with gorgeous photography and mouthwatering recipes from Thailand. If you love Thai food and wish to attempt it at home, this is the book that will guide you through it." —Bee Yinn Low, author of Easy Chinese Recipes

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Tuttle Publishing
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2nd Edition, Hardcover with Jacket
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9.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Katie Chin is a private chef, culinary consultant, co-author of Everyday Chinese Cooking, and author of 300 Best Rice Cooker Recipes. She and her mother, Leanne Chinn, co-hosted the 2003 national PBS cooking series Double Happiness. Katie has made numerous appearances on The Today Show as well as on The Food Network and Fine Living. She recently served as a guest judge on Iron Chef America and will appear on the Cooking Channel's Food(ography) the summer of 2013. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Chin currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick & Easy Family Style Recipes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
This is a gorgeous cookbook!! My sister spent some time in Thailand several years ago and fell in love with their cuisine. I'll be honest, I've not had much Thai food, but I've thoroughly enjoyed what I have eaten. I've always felt a little overwhelmed at the thought of cooking Thai food for myself, though. This is a great book for overcoming those fears and diving into a new cuisine! I don't know if I fully agree with the "quick and easy" part of the title as a good many of these seem to be fairly optimistic on the prep time listed, but the recipes are laid out in a way that's easy to follow and understand. There are tons of great color photos, which is a definite plus. I have a great Asian grocery store in my city (though it's a bit of a drive for me), but even then I'm not sure if I could find all of the ingredients. Sometimes I just have to substitute something else, or be content with not having every single ingredient for that particular recipe. I did drop the review a touch for that reason. Otherwise, this is a great cookbook for anyone interesting in cooking Thai cuisine. I received a copy of this book from Tuttle Publishing through the Lisa Ekus Group for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.