“All animals eat, but we are the only animal that cooks. So cooking becomes more than a necessity, it is the symbol of our humanity, what marks us off from the rest of nature. And because eating is almost always a group event (as opposed to sex), food becomes a focus of symbolic activity about sociality and our place in society.”
– Robin Fox, Food and Eating, An Anthropological Perspective
So how about it then, anybody feels like Thai?
By combining elements of several Southeast Asian traditions, Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. . With over 40 ethnic groups Thai cuisine, as a whole, is extremely varied and features many different ingredients.
I have compiled together in a free e-book, a list of the most commonly used ingredients, so feel free to click the following link, E-Book: Thai Ingredient Glossary and print out the PDF glossary.
From Thai Recipes Part 2 onward, I will start posting Thai recipes that my wife was taught at a Thai Cooking School in Thailand and I have compiled together in three Thai cooking workshops.
The recipes have been selected, because ingredients is easy to find almost anywhere and they are easy to prepare at home.