Thai Food Made Easy by June Williamson (Blog Tour Review)


I'm excited to be sharing about Thai food today. It's one of my favorite types of food, if not my favorite, and I loved trying recipes from this cookbook! I also love that you can get a copy spiral bound, which is perfect for lots of love and use over time. Check out my full review below...

Thai Food Made Easy
by June Williamson
Ring-boung, ebook, 160 Pages
July 15th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


Stop spending a fortune on takeout and bring the delicious flavors of Thai food into your own kitchen. With a tantalizing variety of curries, pad thai, and all your other favorites to try, this book takes the mystery out of Thai food preparation so you can enjoy those fresh and exotic flavors any day of the week.


My Review

I love Thai food and have a handful of cookbooks I use on a regular basis and recipes that are staples in our menu. I was really curious how the recipes in Thai Food Made Easy would compare and if, like the title suggests, the recipes were easy. I found that they compared well and that this was a very user friendly and easy way to begin cooking Thai at home.

The recipes are all fairly basic staples of Thai food. I loved that the author stated that her recipes were all great bases that could be added to and revised according to individual preferences and tastes. Thai food really is that way. You can exchange different types of meats and vegetables, and sometimes even sauces to experience different flavors or tailor to preferences. You'll find all the main recipes here, such as Pad Thai, Fried Rice, various curries, and then sauces that I feel are essential to experiencing the food properly, such as the traditional Hot Sauce. I am also a believer in using Thai chilies. If you love a pop of spice with fabulous flavor and haven't tried these chilies in cooking yet then you are definitely missing out.
We tried several recipes: 1) Peanut Sauce, 2) Ground Roasted Rice (from Make-Ahead Tips), 3) Drunken Noodles, 4) Spicy Beef Salad (in lettuce wraps with the Peanut Sauce), 5) Beef Salad, 6) Chicken Fried Rice, 7) Fried Bananas, 8) Coconut Lime Ice Cream and Panang Curry (not shown). We enjoyed all the different recipes, but I would have to say that the Panang Curry was fabulous! I've always been a fan of red curry and hadn't tried the Panang and was thrilled with the flavor. I also loved the Drunken Noodles. I wanted more even after I was full. The Beef Salad was also very good. The Fried Bananas did give me some issues with the rice flour and so I had to redo the batter with regular flour. That recipe I'll have to play with some more. The husband and kids really liked them. We all really loved the Coconut Lime Ice Cream. If you like coconut and creamy ice cream at all I would definitely try this. It was just delicious and rich, while also being light. Coconut ice cream has been a favorite of mine to order when I eat out at Thai restaurants so I'm thrilled to have my own recipe.

Each of the recipes serves four to six. I had to search to see where I had seen the servings because it's not included with the recipes, but finally found it again towards the front of the book. The directions were all easy to follow and make and the flavor was good on all the ones we tried.

If you would like to cook Thai food yourself, need simple and easy recipes to follow, and want the food to still taste wonderful then I'd definitely recommend this one. It would be a great newlywed/new homeowner gift as well.

Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

June V. Williamson was born in a little northeastern town of Udorn, Thailand. When she was 7 years old, her mother met, fell in love, and married an American Air Force officer. This was the beginning of her military life of living back and forth from America to Thailand being exposed to the native Thai life for 9 years. However, those years were deliciously profound. Thai food had been infused into her by Thai street vendors and her Thai mother. She is now back to living in another beautiful little town, but in Utah with her husband and 5 children.

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