Couple of stories this week!
First up, a review of a new “easy Thai” book by Katie Chin, a TV cook better known for her efforts in Chinese cuisine. Canny move, since despite the popularity of Thai food and the popularity of Thai ingredients, Thai cookbooks that are both accessible and authentic seem to be few. This one falls in the accessible category (David Thompson’s are the authentic ones, but many of us find them just a step beyond what’s feasible on a weeknight).
I tested this one over the summer, but there’s another new Thai book just out, Pok Pok. It’s got a good pedigree and looks promising, so I’m looking forward to giving it a try and seeing where on the accessible/authentic spectrum it falls. I’ll put it on CookShelf once I have.
My second story today is about a near-neighbor, Dédé Wilson, who lives and works in the town next over from mine, Shutesbury. She’s a veteran baking-book author and has a new website aiming to be an information hub for authors. The website is still in beta, but you can check it out here and read her story in the Globe.
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