Cooking & Entertaining

Baan: Recipes and stories from my Thai home

Baan guides you through the fragrant world of Thai cooking--to dishes of profound and gracious subtlety--on a culinary adventure, all within the comfort of your own kitchen.

Born and raised in Bangkok, Kay spoke Thai before she spoke English and has spent more than half her life in Thailand. Baan--meaning the hearth, the home, the community, the place where you come from--is a true homage to her childhood, to the delicious recipes that she was raised on, and a cuisine and country that she loves.

The book features more than 120 recipes that Kay has collected from all over Thailand during her last 30 years of travel. Crucially, all of them are well within the capabilities of the competent, and curious, cook. Kay demystifies Thai food, providing clear, and concise recipes, and revealing the shortcuts, kitchen hacks, and ingredient substitutions that make delicious, and authentic Thai cooking achievable at home. Chapters include: Aharn Len Snacks; Rice and Noodles; Curries; Soups and Braises; Stir-fried and Deep-fried; Grilled, Steamed, and Baked; Yums, Laarps, and Tums; Dipping Sauces and Relishes; and Desserts.

About The Author

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer and the author of Aperitivo: Drinks and Snacks for the Dolce Vita; Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl; A Sherry and a Little Plate of Tapas; Heat: Cooking With Chillies; and Make Mine A Martini. In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books, Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook, The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent. She writes a monthly column for delicious magazine and lives in London with her husband, cats, and dogs.

  • Publish Date: October 01, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Regional & Ethnic - Thai
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Trim Size: 7-3/5 x 9-1/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-911624-05-9


"Kay Plunkett-Hogge's cooking and knowledge of Thai cuisine is next to none. I dream about her food. Thank God she's written this book." - Diana Henry

"I have been fortunate enough to have eaten some of the dishes  in this book cooked by Kay herself and they have been some of the most delicious and wonderful meals I have ever had. She is a true master of Thai cuisine and of cooking from the heart. This is a book to be treasured.”
Stanley Tucci

"This book makes me hungry. Truly a beautiful, personal, delicious and easy-to-use guide to Thai cuisine full of stories and tips that make the food jump off the page and onto the plate." 
Ian Kittichai

"Wise, witty, and wonderfully written, Baan sits alongside David Thompson's Thai Food and Andy Ricker's Pok Pok as one of the great English language works on regional Thai cookery." 
Tom Parker-Bowles

"The indomitable Kay Plunkett-Hogge has a very unique place in the world of Thai food: a true Thai Farang, born in Thailand, a native speaker, yet British AF! As a result, her grasp of the cuisine is at once a birth right and filtered through a western lens. Her access to true Thai flavors through those who have shared their knowledge is unparalleled and yet the food she champions is accessible to the average western cook. Delightful recipes and bright anecdotes to accompany make this book a must have for the aficionado and novice alike." — Andy Ricker

"Kay's true home is Thailand. Rarely have I met someone with such a love of a country, its people and their food. This book, so aptly named Baan, is the result of her journey through the Kingdom and many kitchens. It is home cooking, the true source of the best of Thai food. Kay recounts the charm, delicious fun and spirit of Thai kitchens in this book. I am captivated." — David Thompson

"At last, a book I can wholeheartedly recommend to all those who want to make Thai food but perhaps feel intimidated. Kay's warm conversational style puts the cook and the reader at ease. Her recipes are wonderfully clear, and the photographs and lively stories of her life growing up in Thailand are a real pleasure." — Naomi Duguid

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