Cookbook Club

Spend the Month Mastering Thai Dishes, from Sticky Rice to Stir-Fry

March 30, 2018

Every month in our Cookbook Club we cook through a book the members have selected. In April, we’ll be working our way through Leela Punyaratabandhu’s Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen. She’s looking forward to engaging with all of us as we cook through her book, so if you haven’t joined the Club yet, hop to it.

We’ve got a couple of days until we kick off with this new book, so in the meantime, we have a few articles from Punyaratabandhu to keep you busy. Brush up on your sticky rice skills and then review the tools and condiments that might come in handy this month, if they don’t already have a spot in your kitchen.

And if you really can’t wait to get cooking, we’ve rounded up a few recipes to get you going. These aren’t from Punyaratabandhu’s book, and some are more Thai-inspired than traditional, but they should tide you over for the next couple of days:

Tell us: What’s your favorite Thai dish?

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HalfPint March 30, 2018
Favorite Thai dish, hands-down: Jungle Curry
HalfPint March 30, 2018
Is there a Jungle Curry in Leela's new cookbook? This is probably one of the most difficult dishes to find in restaurants (in US) as well as a really good recipe.
Lindsay-Jean H. March 31, 2018
I see "Beef and vegetable curry, jungle style (Kaeng pa nuea sap)" in Simple Thai Food, but I don't see one in her latest, Bangkok.
Jane March 30, 2018
I’m not on Facebook-is there a another way to do the cookbook club?
Lindsay-Jean H. March 31, 2018
Hi Jane, most of the activity happens on Facebook (and Instagram, with the hashtag #f52cookbookclub), because we just don't have the capacity to interact in the same way here on the site. But we'd love for you to cook along with us anyway! We always post which books we'll be cooking from here on the site, and we have a weekly post about the activity in the Club, so you can join in the conversation in the comments of those and fill us in on what you've been cooking.
Jane March 31, 2018
Thank you! How do I see the weekly post on the site? When I click on the “Cookbook Club” in this article, or elsewhere, it takes me to the Facebook sign in. Or if I search Cookbook Club on this website, I don’t see any weekly discussions.
Lindsay-Jean H. April 1, 2018
This link pulls up articles tagged cookbook club, so you'll find the articles for the cookbook club and the baking club here: