What we do?
Chef Tummy writes recipes, stories, books and songs about food, especially Thai food & travel and yoga & health.
My family nickname is Chef Tummy and I am chef, writer, musician and businessman. I write recipes, cookbooks, stories, travel books and songs about food, especially Thai food. I have been called the “Marco Polo” of Thai regional food as I venture on long motorcycle treks to learn how to cook Thai food from the real experts — the Thai “Aunties” and “Uncles” who make the best Thai food in their family homes and restaurants.
The Blog on this website is for interested chefs and readers to follow my Thai food cooking adventures – it is stuffed with free Thai recipes and Thai travel tips and funny blog posts and videos. Head there now and enjoy, Chef!
This cookbook is part of a series of 20 books about Thai food, Thai language and Thai culture that I have published already on Amazon or will be published in 2015. You can see all my books at my Amazon Author page here => http://amzn.to/1dikPB0.
Other, older writing about Thailand and Thai food has been published in The World is a Kitchen anthology (2005) and in S.E.A. Backpacker Magazine (2008).
The odd and inspirational songs by Chef Tummy’s recipe videos and songs can be seen on www.YouTube.com under the cheftummycooks page.
ABOUT THE BOOK AND BLOG RECIPES
The recipes in this book were collected over a nine-year period when I lived in Thailand. During that time, I first went to Thai language school so I could speak and read at a basic level, and later attended several professional Thai cooking classes.
Then I went directly to the source to feed my curiosity about Thai food.
I decided to leap before I looked — I went on an ultimate food journey, learning to cook from the real experts — the awesome Aunties and Uncles who make traditional Thai food in their homes and family restaurants.
I took a 6,002-mile motorcycle trek all around the county to learn how to cook authentic Thai food. I wanted to really understand the ingredients and what cooking techniques would make the best tasting Thai dishes.
I went from the top to the bottom and from side to side in Thailand (a country about the same size as Germany or Italy) on a banana-yellow Honda 125-cc motorcycle for eight months during 2007-2008. Every where I went I was able to learn about Thai cooking from generous cooks who let me watch and help them make memorable meals. I learned the key to Thai cooking is the skillful combination of fresh ingredients with simple, traditional techniques that coax out the true flavors.
After the conclusion of this Thailand trip, I also designed, opened, owned and operated a licensed Thai cooking school and I taught students from over 30 countries about Thai cooking.
There are many more recipes on the Blog in this website — if you like Thai food, Thai recipes, Thai travel tips, please take a look at my collection.
FROM WHENCE CAME CHEF TUMMY?
Chef Tummy was born on the rocky coast of Maine and went to school in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has worked as an aide to a U.S. Senator, as a Washington representative for a Silicon Valley technology company, as an investment manager as well as stints as a waiter, cook and caterer, wedding planner and officiant, house painter, butler, Christmas tree farmer, English teacher, Thai cooking teacher and factory worker.
He is a 1985 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a 1996 graduate of Columbia Business School.
More about Chef Tummy
He later studied with Thai Chef Dusit Limmathuroskul at Haadlad Prestige Resort & Spa. With Chef Dusit, Chef Tummy designed, opened, owned and operated the Chef Tummy Thai Cooking School on Koh Pha Ngan Island from 2008 to 2013 and taught Thai cooking to students from 30 countries.
Chef Tummy took a 6,002 mile motorcycle trip around Thailand to taste the four main regional styles. Chef Tummy wrote a full-length book about the trip that will be published as an e-book in 2015.