The Best of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Thailand

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The Best of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Thailand To get you in the mood for Thailand and Thai food this month, we are kicking it off by highlighting our hand-picked selection of the best of books, cookbooks and movies about Thailand You may recall we started Peru with the same type of list. We will endeavor to kick off most months in this fashion.

You can find previous months in the Compass & Fork Shop, and you can check out the list of the Best of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Peru from last month. All books and movies from Thailand have also been added to the shop. It is worth mentioning specialty food products we mention in the recipes are also in the shop as well as any specialized cooking implements. This is true from every destination since we started Compass & Fork. We also try to link the ingredient within the recipe or in the notes so you can identify the ingredient if you are unfamiliar with it or need to purchase it.

Okay, back to books and movies and Thailand . . .

We share these lists with you as as we tend to read a bit about a destination before, during or after our travels. It helps to set the scene, immerse us in the country and in some cases put into perspective those things we saw. Books also make great souvenirs. Unfortunately some books are hard to find after you depart so keep your eyes open while you’re there. This seems to be especially true of fiction and cookbooks.

So without further ado . . .

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Best of Books, Cookbooks and Movies about Thailand


A Woman of Bangkok– Jack Reynolds  Set in 1950’s Thailand, an Englishman falls for a Thai working girl.

Fieldwork- Mischa Berlinski- Mystery novel set in the Northern Hills of Thailand.

Cross Currents– by John Shors  Novel set on Thailand’s beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi Don, before the Boxing Day Tsunami 2004

Sightseeing- Rattawut Lapcharoensap – 7 short stories set in contemporary Thailand.

Four Reigns–  by Kirrit Pramoj-  Set in 1890’s-WWII, one woman’s life inside and outside the Royal Palace

Monsoon Country– Pira Sudham (autobiographic novel) Thai man who goes to live in the West and returns. Different views of Thai culture.