Saturday, 26 March 2016

Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home

Hot Thai Kitchen
Demystifying Thai Cuisine with 
Authentic Recipes to Make at Home
by Pailin Chongchitnant
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Trade Paperback, 264 pages

The definitive Thai cookbook from a YouTube star!

It is spring and this is definitely the best time to learn Thai cooking.

This gorgeous, colourful book is just the guide to an exciting adventure with true Thai flavours. Hot, sweet, salty, floral, magical.

Pailin takes you by the hand and shows you how easy it is to wake up your tastebuds with fresh, fun flavour.

Contents include:

Part 1: Understanding Thai Cuisine
1. The Culture of Eating
2. Understanding Thai Ingredients
3. Equipment & Tools
4. The Structure of Thai Dishes

Part 2: Recipes
Vegetarian & Vegan
Dips & Dipping Sauces

Part 3: Basic Recipes

From the Back Flap:

Growing up in Thailand, Pailin Chongchitnant spent her childhood with the kitchen as her playground. From a young age, she would linger by the stove, taking in the sight of snowy white coconut being shredded, the smell of lemongrass-infused soups, and the sound of the pestle pounding against the granite mortar.

   Years later, as a Cordon Bleu–educated chef in San Francisco, Pailin vividly remembered the culinary experiences of her youth. And so, on YouTube, Hot Thai Kitchen was born. Combining her love of teaching with her devotion to Thai food, Pailin immediately connected with thousands of fans who wanted a friend and educator.

   In this much-anticipated cookbook, Pailin brings her signature warmth and impressive technique to Thai food lovers everywhere. She begins by taking readers on a beautifully photographed trip to Thailand to explore the culinary culture and building blocks central to Thai food. With foolproof and easy-to-follow instructions, Pailin breaks down the key ingredients, flavours, equipment, and techniques necessary to master authentic Thai cooking. Then, she shares her must-make recipes for curries, soups, salads, and stir-fries, including entire chapters on vegetarian and vegan dishes, dips and dipping sauces, and sumptuous Thai desserts. With QR codes to video tutorials placed throughout the book, you’ll be able to connect with Pailin online, too. 

   Both a definitive resource and an extraordinary exploration of Thai cuisine, Hot Thai Kitchen will delight and inspire you in your Thai cooking journey.

PAILIN CHONGCHITNANT was born and raised in Thailand. After attending the University of British Columbia, she made her way to Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco, and began cooking for both Western and Thai restaurants. She is the creator and host of Hot Thai Kitchen, a popular cooking show on YouTube, which takes an educational approach to Thai cuisine. Visit her at