Pham begins with a chapter on dipping sauces, condiments, and herbs, which, she explains, are the true backbone of Vietnamese cooking. She explores culinary variations: the "rice bowl" of the southern peninsula and the French- and Indian-inspired foods of Saigon; the more robust style of the cooler central region of Hue; and the straightforward style of the mountainous north. And she shares the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food. Green Mango Salad with Grilled Beef is at once salty (from the ubiquitous fish sauce), sweet from the fruit, and tangy and spicy from Chili-Lime Sauce. Ginger Chicken is bright with the flavor of ginger and spicy with dried chilies; caramel sauce adds body and an intriguing sweet and smoky element to the dish. And of course, one can't forget the beloved pho, which gets a whole chapter to itself. The traditional Hanoi-style Vietnamese "Pho" Rice Noodle Soup with Beef is fragrant with anise and ginger and thick with velvety noodles and delectably rare beef suspended in the hot broth.
Featured throughout the book are black-and-white photographs of the country and its people, stories of Pham's childhood, and enchanting tales of the history and people of Vietnam that, taken together, highlight a rich and vibrant picture of the ancient cuisine of this complex country. Helpful guides to the Vietnamese pantry and cooking techniques, along with a glossary, menu suggestions, and a list of resources for the more exotic ingredients make the book extremely useful to even the uninitiated. --Robin Donovan
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Purchased this as a birthday gift for a family member. He loves it and has placed it with his other two favorite Vietnamese cooking reference books for easy access. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tesh
Although many people raved about this book, but I personally find this as just another Vietnamese cookbook. First of all, it doesn't have any color photos of the end products. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Myra Tu
As a Vietnamese-American, I wanted a cookbook that would help me recreate a lot of sauces that I grew up eating. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Traveling Dog-Lover
I found this book to be an excellent introduction to Vietnamese cooking.
I enjoy the author's vignettes about the history of and ways of enjoying the food / recipes, her... Read more
great cookbook for those of us not too familiar with vietnamese cooking (though we all know we love to eat it!!!). Read morePublished 10 months ago by GenuineImitation
This is a very well written book. The recipes are easy to follow. It also brings to light much about the Vietnamese culture that is fascinating and enlightening.Published 14 months ago by Texas Patriot