Having gained international renown as Bangkok’s most ‘celebrated social center’, the house Jim Thompson built on the bank of Klong Maha Nag still preserves the spirit and legend of the man.

The Jim Thompson House, as it was popularly known, was the setting for the many parties and dinners which Jim Thompson hosted during his time in Thailand. These were always major social events, and the dining room of the house has welcomed the likes of New York glitterati and the best of Thai society pass through its doors.

Thai food was an essential part of the dinners at the house, and guests were always delighted by the dishes featured, which often comprised traditional Thai cuisine.

Produced under the direction of Patrick Booth, the cookbook – At the Table of Jim Thompson, features a selection of dishes that used to grace these memorable parties and which can now be recreated in your own kitchen, allowing you to savor the flavors and ambience which were the mainstays of dinners at the house on the klong.

The three Jim Thompson restaurants in Bangkok were established to preserve the atmosphere that prevailed at dinner parties hosted by Jim Thompson.

Café 9 located in the main silk shop, Saladaeng Café – an old two-storey house on Saladaeng Road and Thompson in a Thai-style building adjacent to the Jim Thompson house, the last being the latest and most elaborate addition to the group. All three restaurants serve a selection of Thai classics in relaxed, tasteful surroundings.

In keeping with the pioneering spirit that marked all of Jim Thompson’s endeavors, novel dishes have found their way onto the menu. Thai-Muslim and Thai-Continental are among the fusions that take place in the kitchens of Jim Thompson Restaurants, and are reflective of the colorful string of guests who found themselves being entertained at his house.

The restaurants seek to recreate the sparkle and effervescence that made his parties such singular affairs through their décor, service and the superb culinary creations that were always the highlight at Jim Thompson’s table.

And if you happen to be visiting Thailand, the cookbook offers an opportunity for you to bring the restaurant’s signature recipes back home with you.

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Unforgettable Evenings with Bangkok's Leading Farang Host
"No one will ever know how many people first developed an affection for Thailand simply because of having spent an evening with Jim Thompson."

At the Table of Jim Thompson –
now available at all Jim Thompson shops
ISBN: 981-4068-26-8
Introduction by William Warren
Recipes by Chefs of the Jim Thompson Restaurants
Photography by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
Published by Archipelago Press for the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company Limited

- Muslim Oxtail Soup
- Steamed Chicken Curry Rice

- Spaghetti with Tuna
- Spaghetti with Spicy
Chicken Salad
Copyright ©2009. The Thai Silk Company