Cookbook: Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu Overall Impression: Simple? Not exactly. But totally worth it to make beautiful, delicious Thai food at home? Absolutely! Toasting grains of rice over low heat for a half hour tested my patience. I didn’t realize it was possible to dirty quite so many bowls for the sake of one lunch. Leap-frogging from one recipe to consult another recipe, which referenced yet another recipe (a big pet peeve of mine) nearly drove me nuts. But by the time it was all over, I was so glad I’d finally taken the plunge into cooking authentic Thai food at home.