Pad Thai is like training wheels. It's a reasonable introduction to one of 
the finest cuisines of Southeast Asia, but at some point, your taste buds 
must grow up. And the best path to maturity is on the streets. In the new 
cookbook Thai Street Food ($60), celebrated chef and author David Thompson 
has compiled a lively compendium of Thailand's iconic street eats. The 
book's oversize pages bristle with vibrant photographs documenting the 
country's bountiful stalls at morning, noon and night. Thompson, a native 
Australian and the chef of Michelin-starred Nahm in London, has been 
lambasted for his hubris regarding his role as ambassador of traditional 
Thai cuisine. His detractors have a point, yet Thompson does have an 
uncanny ability to disseminate the nuances of Thai cuisine. In Thai Street 
Food, Thompson discusses the cherished place kanom jim noodles hold at 
breakfast, extols the thrills of perfumed coconut candies in the afternoon 
and re-creates a fiery meal of stir-fried minced beef with chiles and holy 
basil (pictured; click here to download the recipe 
http://tastingtable.com/recipe/thai_stirfried_beef_recipe_tastingtable1.pdf 
). With dishes like those, pad Thai could easily be forgotten forever.
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Pad Thai is like training wheels. It's a reasonable introduction to one of the finest cuisines of Southeast Asia, but at some point, your taste buds must grow up. And the best path to maturity is on the streets.

In the new cookbook Thai Street Food ($60), celebrated chef and author David Thompson has compiled a lively compendium of Thailand's iconic street eats. The book's oversize pages bristle with vibrant photographs documenting the country's bountiful stalls at morning, noon and night.

Thompson, a native Australian and the chef of Michelin-starred Nahm in London, has been lambasted for his hubris regarding his role as ambassador of traditional Thai cuisine. His detractors have a point, yet Thompson does have an uncanny ability to disseminate the nuances of Thai cuisine.

In Thai Street Food, Thompson discusses the cherished place kanom jim noodles hold at breakfast, extols the thrills of perfumed coconut candies in the afternoon and re-creates a fiery meal of stir-fried minced beef with chiles and holy basil (pictured; click here to download the recipe).

With dishes like those, pad Thai could easily be forgotten forever.
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