Cookbook Giveaway: Everyday Thai Cooking

I’ve got a confession to make: I adore the heat and complexity of Thai food, but I rarely cook it at home. I always seem to be missing some key specialty ingredient, so unless I’ve planned ahead, a home-cooked Thai meal isn’t on the menu. There must be a lot of cooks like me, because Chef Katie Chin has come to our rescue with her new book, Everyday Thai Cooking: Quick and Easy Family-Style Recipes (Tuttle Publishing). And to celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy (see below for details to enter).

everyday-thai-cooking-cookbook-giveaway-lunch{Chef Katie demonstrates techniques and ingredients featured in Everyday Thai Cooking.}

The book is especially welcome this time of year, when the indulgence that punctuates the season makes me crave light, bright flavors more than ever. Katie’s Steamed Mussels in Lemongrass and Basil made our Christmas Eve celebration. Her Tangy Pumpkin Soup yielded a nourishing, zippy meal to warm up a couple of chilly weeknights.

And while the recipes are moutcookbook-giveaway-everyday-thai-cookinghwatering, the section that’s perhaps most useful for the Thai cooking newbie is the rundown of signature ingredients. You’ll come away with a solid understanding of the role each plays in building the unique balance of the spicy, salty, sweet and sour flavors that characterize Thai cuisine, as well as helpful tips to make substitutions. Even better, you’ll be inspired to make a field trip to an Asian market to add some ingredients to your pantry and repertoire.

FOR THE GIVEAWAY: To celebrate Katie’s book — and make it easy for you to experience its delicious flavors — we’re giving away one copy of Everyday Thai Cooking to one lucky reader. And it’s easy to enter: Just leave a comment below. We’ll draw a winner at random and announce the lucky winner on the site on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Good luck!

In the meantime, you can enjoy a taste of Everyday Thai Cooking with Katie’s recipe for Tangy Pumpkin Soup.

UPDATE (12/31/13): We have a winner: Liz Carl Ulloa! Thank you to all who entered. Please check back for future giveaways! And สวัสดีปีใหม่ (Happy New Year!)


32 Replies to “Cookbook Giveaway: Everyday Thai Cooking”

  1. Oooh! Thai is my all-time favorite ethnic cuisine. Here’s hoping this cookbook will enable me to cook a wider variety of fresh-tasting and healthy dishes at home!

  2. Sign me up! Love Thai food, but have the same problem–not always sure what’s in the recipe–come close on a couple of occasions, but a good cookbook is worth its weight in gold!

  3. Thai food is always the best stuff to have during winter – that slight ‘burn’ mellows out to a lovely bodily warmth and flush of red on the face!

  4. I’ve never had Thai food but have always wanted to discover it. This would be a great opportunity for me to experiment as I love to cook an am always trying new recipes and a healthier way of eating. I would love to get this cookbook! Have a great trip back to Guatemala and a Happy New Year!! Thank you, Peggy

  5. I especially love the complex layers and nuances of flavors that make Thai cuisine

    so delicious. I would really enjoy adding Chin’s cookbook to my collection and finding new ways to cook Thai food at home more often.

  6. I simply love Thai food! My favorite is Tom Yam. It stimulates all the sensory areas on your tongue all at the same time be it for spiciness, saltiness, sweetness, sourness etc. You feel really satisfied.

  7. Thai food (especially in the winter) is what I call ‘comfort food’ – my favourite place to do my spice shopping is the Asian Market (about a 3 hour drive away). When the shop keeper sees me coming, he ‘helps’ me by loading up my basket with new & unusual spices! Would love a cook book to help me pair my ingredients for those ultimate mouth-watering meals we all crave at this time of year!

  8. This recipe looks delicious! Never thought to make pumpkin tangy! I’d love the book too…exploring other cultures’ culinary traditions is so much fun!

    • Hi, Liz! You’re the lucky winner! Please email me your mailing address — alison[at] — so we can have your copy of “Everyday Thai Cooking” sent to you. Congratulations!

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