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My Cookbooks - A Passion for Thai cooking, Sompon and Elizabeth Nabnian

By August 18, 2018

I have always loved Thai food, while the dishes may be simple the complexity lies in the flavour combinations and getting the right balance between hot, sour, salt and sweet. I travelled around Thailand many years ago and was lucky to do a course at the Chiang Mai Cookery School run by the authors Sompon and Elizabeth Nabnian. Sompon also had a Thai cookery programme on the Food Network channel too which I was a big fan of.

The book has influenced my cooking  I still make my own pastes from scratch as it tastes so much better. Many of the pages are now stained with ingredients as I use it so much. To this day I still have to look up the paste ingredients just to check I haven't missed anything despite the fact I have been making them for 14 years. 

You will find classics such as Thai Green curry with chicken and Red curry with duck, satay, fish cakes and pad Thai. From there you can build up a bigger repertoire for traditional recipes. The book also goes through the basic Thai store-cupboard ingredients which thankfully now can be found in the supermarkets.

If you're looking for a book that will give you a good basis for Thai cooking then this is a good start.

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