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 Post subject: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:46 pm 
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Which would you guys choose between:

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Vegetarian-T ... 0811811514

http://www.amazon.com/The-Asian-Vegan-K ... 156836430X

http://www.amazon.com/Buddhas-Table-Fea ... 1570671613

http://www.amazon.com/30-Minute-Vegans- ... 0Q0YQVJZYJ

Or something else? I'm looking for a cookbook that subs well for things like fish sauce. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:39 pm 
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I only have the Asian Vegan Kitchen and the 30 Min Vegan one, but I much prefer the Asian Vegan Kitchen. I'm certainly no judge, but it feels much more authentic and has recipes for lots of basic sauces, stocks, and preparations. The food I've made from it has all been really good.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:57 pm 
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I have the Asian vegan kitchen and Real Vegetarian Thai, and I've never been inspired to make anything from either one. My favorite cookbooks for East Asian recipes are World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey and Vegan Eats World.

Of note, Madhur Jaffrey also has a cookbook called World of the East Vegetarian Cooking, which is quite popular. That might be your best bet.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:35 pm 
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I have Real Vegetarian Thai, World of the East Vegetarian Cooking, Vegan Eats World, and Donna Klein's The Chinese Vegan Kitchen.

I shamefacedly admit I've hardly cooked out of any of them. Either they require hard to find ingredients or they take a lot of steps to prepare, or both. Real Vegetarian Thai uses homemade curry pastes and gives recipes for those-- then after making the paste you still need to make the dish itself.

I really don't know which cookbook to recommend, but World of the East Vegetarian Cooking has recipes from different countries in Asia, while Real Vegetarian Thai and The Chinese Vegan Kitchen stick to Thai and Chinese recipes, respectively. Vegan Eats World is inspired by American restaurant interpretations of various (not just Asian) cuisines. So it depends on what you're looking for.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:14 am 
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Real Vegetarian Thai is a great book. The curry pastes are delicious and easy to freeze in ice cube trays. Some of the noodle dishes are also super tasty.

Asia is a big continent, so not sure what you're looking for, or if you even want recs off your list, but I love Bryanna Clark Grogan's Chinese cookbook:
Authentic Chinese Cuisine http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Chinese ... ark+grogan

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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
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Among those in your list, I only have 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East, but I like it a lot. There's also A Vegan Taste of Thai that you might like. I only tried a few recipes in The Chinese Vegan Kitchen, but they were just OK. My favorite vegan Asian cookbook is "Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional".

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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
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klg223 wrote:
I'm looking for a cookbook that subs well for things like fish sauce. Thanks!

Buddha's Table is great!


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
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Even though it's not all Asian I really love Vegan Eats World. I love the fish sauce, the seitan, the pho, the green thai curry, and it has some amazing salads too like mango & avocado with toasted rice powder.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking for an Thai or Asian cookbook
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I've got Real Vegetarian Thai and I really like it...I think overall the recipes are really simple, and the ingredients not super hard to find. I've made a number of real crowd pleasers out of that book. (And I love that she gives recipes for making your own curry pastes -- always tastier and more satisfying than store-bought, although you can always sub with pre-made curry paste)

I do agree with kidsdoc about "World Vegetarian" It is one of my favorite and most used cookbooks of all time...but it's more of an investment, and not just Asian foods. If you want some of everything, make the investment and go with World Vegetarian, you won't regret it. If you specifically want a number of yummy, accessible Asian recipes, I do stand behind Real Vegetarian Thai.

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