For a "definitive guide to Thai cuisine," look no further than Thailand: The Cookbook ($36, originally $50), written and photographed by Jean-Pierre Gabriel. Flipping through the massive collection, the colorful images transport you into Thai home kitchens and marketplaces. Many recipes like spicy frog dip, spicy grilled pork brain, stuffed mangrove trumpet tree flowers, and spicy dried buffalo skin salad contain enthralling ingredients, but many of which may be difficult to procure in the States. Although these recipes are very intriguing to read, the pleasure of owning a cookbook is having the ability to cook from it! To help the Thai-cuisine curious, the author shares a few authentic Thai dishes from the book that can easily be made in American kitchens.