I haven't posted anything on CH for years, but I thought some more experienced Thai food loving cooks might be able to weigh in.
A friend of mine, living in rural PA absolutely adores Thai food and has expressed interest to me in learning to cook some dishes herself. Granted, she has only had somewhat Americanized restaurant fare, and she is capable but somewhat inexperienced in the kitchen.
I thought it would be a great Christmas gift idea to get her some sort of Thai cookbook and perhaps some key ingredients
All my Thai cookbooks are quite comprehensive and tend to be a bit daunting to the novice (Even I lose my enthusiasm to cook Thai when reading the ingredient lists in some of David Thompson's massive book)
Any suggestions for a Thai or Thai-fusion-style cookbook that would be just the thing for a beginner to really enjoy experimenting with? Perhaps not classically authentic, but something that is not going to completely intimidate or overwhelm the novice.
I mention she is in rural PA, where Asian groceries are very difficult to find, but I have ready access near Philadelphia, so I would be able to help out with ingredients and "tech support."
Thanks for any suggestions!