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Ngo & Zimmerman : Classic Cuisine of Vietnam (Plume) Paperback – 26 Mar 1992

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (26 Mar. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452258332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452258334
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recipes for making traditional Vietnamese dishes are accompanied by menu planning ideas, shopping lists, and information on equipment, ingredients, and techniques. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has a wealth of good information on Vietnamese cooking. The recipies are relatively easy to follow. The one thing that I would criticize is that it lacks photographs.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Priceless book. 19 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has the most authentic Vietnamese recipes, even pickled pig's ears! Whoa! I couldn't believe it when I saw it because I've eaten it before. I'm Vietnamese, after all. This book is a treasure because it authentically writes down many Vietnamese recipes for future Vietnamese generations to enjoy. With so many changes in the world, I'm afraid that future Vietnamese generations will not know how authentic Vietnamese foods are prepared. I had to buy a used copy from Amazon.com because this book is out of print. I hope this book will be re-printed one day. The author, Bach Ngo, does not try to show how creative and inventive she is, rather she simply writes down valuable authentic recipes. If you are Vietnamese and you want an authentic Vietnamese cookbook, this is the one you should buy. It's an heirloom, for sure. Personally, I do not buy Vietnamese cookbooks that do not have authentic Vietnamese recipes.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Classic, Authentic Vietnamese recipes 1 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I left home for college, what I missed most was my mother's Vietnamese cuisine. This book was a lifesaver! The recipes are all familiar, from the fancier noodle soups, Pho and Bun Bo Hue, to the basics, such as omlettes and picked mustard greens. Each of the dishes come with an introduction accompanying their Vietnamese name. The region of the dish is sometimes discussed as well as when the dish is enjoyed and with what. The recipes are very easy to follow. I recommend this book for anyone who wants an AUTHENTIC Vietnamese cookbook. I am just sorry to see that it's out of print.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a classic 29 Jan. 2004
By Michael B elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My mother bought this book as a first edition and cooked from it when I was a child so I am somewhat biased towards it. page 110 is favourite.. stir fried beef with french fries was one of my favourite one dish meals as a kid, and brings back lots of memories.
Compared to Nicole Routhiers book which is all flashy, this book is a lot more about home cooking (the food styling in the pictures is non existant.. which is cool and refreshing if a bit dated) it also has recipes for things like vietnamese pâtés, something rarely included nowdays because it is widely available in vietnamese stores ( not true when the book was written in the 70's). Some recipes need a bit of ajusting, but all in all this book is a real asset.. I still have my mum's original copy.. I had it rebound and recovered and I still cook from it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book 29 Jun. 2012
By Aliette De Bodard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is hands-down the best Vietnamese cuisine book I have found (I am aware of the existence of Mai Pham's Pleasures of the Vietnamese Cuisine, but just don't connect with it--Pham's cuisine is very earthy and quite unlike my own family's cooking). It does skimp a bit on the herbs and the dipping sauces (which is the only reason I keep the Pham book on my bookshelves), but it makes up for it with a variety of Vietnamese classics like nem nuong, cha gio (even cha lua!), and appetisers that I remember from my childhood.
It's a book for the Western kitchen, which has both advantages and flaws: the recipes are simple and tasty, but of course there is minimal reliance on ingredients you'd have trouble finding (very few tropical fruit, not the full range of sauces or herbs, adaptation to local variety of fishes...). It's not quite what you'd have in Vietnam, but then again my Vietnamese cookbook from Vietnam generally requires 10 ingredients out of which I have maybe 2 in my pantry...
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great book 8 Aug. 2000
By "christine509" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am Vietnamese and have grown up in a home with authentic Vietnamese cooking. Most all of the recipes in this book are great and easy to follow. My only recommendation would be to add pictures. But it is a great book nonetheless. I especially like how it contains the Vietnamese name of each dish so I can better identify it (since I only know what the dishes are called in Vietnamese).
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