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Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Nguyen , Bruce Cost , Leigh Beisch
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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When author Andrea Nguyen's family was airlifted out of Saigon in 1975, one of the few belongings that her mother hurriedly packed for the journey was her small orange notebook of recipes. Thirty years later, Nguyen has written her own intimate collection of recipes, INTO THE VIETNAMESE KITCHEN, an ambitious debut cookbook that chronicles the food traditions of her native country. Robustly flavored yet delicate, sophisticated yet simple, the recipes include steamy pho noodle soups infused with the aromas of fresh herbs and lime; rich clay-pot preparations of catfish, chicken, and pork; classic bánh mì sandwiches; and an array of Vietnamese charcuterie. Nguyen helps readers shop for essential ingredients, master core cooking techniques, and prepare and serve satisfying meals, whether for two on a weeknight or 12 on a weekend.Reviews

“Andrea Nguyen may be to Vietnamese food what Julia Child was to French fare and Barbara Tropp to Chinese cuisine.”—Chicago Tribune“Best for: Anyone who wants to fall in love—truly, madly, deeply—with Vietnamese food.”—San Jose Mercury News“[A] smart, soulful collection of Vietnamese recipes.”—Saveur“A comprehensive take on a delicate yet dynamic cuisine.”—Philadelphia Inquirer“No other author has presented such a detailed account of the culinary abilities of Vietnamese home cooks, and subjects like the role of pickled vegetables and the techniques of charcuterie have never been so clearly explained for a wide audience.”—New York Times"Only now is Vietnamese food culture getting the attention it deserves, and a book of this beauty and seriousness will do much to explain the origins, traditions, and refinement of the country's cuisine.”—John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet“Nguyen makes Vietnamese cuisine accessible with this extensive cookbook, which stretches from soup to charcuterie.”—Houston Chronicle“An impressive, carefully researched, and thoroughly readable guide to Vietnamese food and culinary tradition.”—Library Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17738 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK8PVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vietnamese Culinary Bible! 2 Sep 2011
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Not only the best Vietnamese cookbook I own but certainly one of the best cookbooks full stop. Beautifully presented hardcover, packed full of recipes that are detailed and authentic whilst the prologue is insightful with its detailed commentary of Vietnamese ingredients. The Beef pho listed in this book is superior to many I have eat in Vietnamese restaurants and using beef knuckle bone to make the stock. Basically this book is the first and final word on traditional Vietnamese cooking, what a Tome! My only criticism would be that it doesn't contain enough pictures, but the photography for those included is excellent and at 343 pages you can rest ensured content has not been spared meaning the choice to limit photo was out of necessity more than anything. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRATIONAL 30 Mar 2012
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
It must be an insult to many Asian people that, to the uninitiated, a lot of Asian food looks the same. Of course such a wide generalisation does not mean to offend, but the casual observer can fail to see the often subtle difference in ingredients and methods of cooking when looking at rice or stir-fry type dishes. It does not help that many Asians, who have relocated overseas, often open a food business and sell food that is not from their native homeland, such as a Thai person cooking Chinese food, tailored to a local market's taste. No wonder people can be confused.
This immense tome, if properly consulted, will help the reader get over any confusion and at least guide them to beginning to understand the often delicate differences between different cultures through a shared ingredient.
Starting with a very interesting introduction, this coffee-table style book details how the author and her family were airlifted out of Saigon, Vietnam in 1975 at the height of troubles between the two Koreas with a few precious belongings including her mother's precious orange notebook containing many family recipes.
The roots and foundations of Vietnamese cooking are carefully presented to the reader, providing an overview of the key ingredients that are central to many Vietnamese dishes such as fish sauce and a basic primer of cooking techniques and essential equipment are provided.
After that, it is straight to the cooking, split into 12 distinct sections from snacks and soups through to the range of noodles, rice and banh, before ending up with sweets and refreshments. This is not, however just a reproduction of age old recipes but a mixture of old favourites, rejuvenated classic dishes and many forward-thinking Vietnamese foods that might even be classed as fusion by purists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars practical but lacking depth 17 May 2013
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this is more for the modern cook who just wants to cook something different without too much hassle. It is a fine book with some adaptations for western taste. The introduction to each recipe is slightly detached and the style throughout the book leaves you with a real lack of enthusiasm for the food. It feels like a series of recipes rather than a celebration of one of the most exciting food in Asia
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 3 Aug 2008
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A must for people who love vietnamese food. The recipes are authentic and reminds me so much of my mother's home cooking. Although there aren't a lot of pictures to accompany the recipes, I found the recipes very easy to follow and have had great results.
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