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Vietnamese Food & Cooking Paperback – January 1, 2006


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes House; 2006 ed. edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844778924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844778928
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,707,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CityMom on January 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book based on the great reviews only to be slightly disappointed. It is indeed a beautiful book that showcases Cambodian cuisine (despite the large VIETNAMESE title) and has a comprehensive intro. to the country, culture and history. However there are two issues that I have with the book:

- I don't believe it is authentic. I grew up fortunate to eat both types of cuisine on a daily basis and I never remember eating bacon until I starting eating "western" breakfast. Don't get me wrong - I love bacon...but it isn't used in SE Asian cuisine as some of the recipes shows it to be. Also there is a no mention of all the different types of herbs used in both cuisines. Many Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes are just the fresh herbs with condiments, which would make detailing the herbs essential for an "authentic" book.

- The author's repeated mention of how Cambodian cuisine is not as sophisticated as Vietnamese cuisine. I know it is his/her opinion, but what basis do you have to make such a claim. I can appreciate both for the delicious dishes without having to belittle one over the other.

It is a pretty book with nice photos though and it will sit in my cookbook collections however it will not be used. I will cook more out of my other Cambodian cookbook that are truly authentic though not as pretty. I guess sometimes you just can't have it both ways...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jerry7 on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book first on a sale and found it so well written and clear that I decided to buy another one as a gift. The recipes are described in American and European measures (lb/oz and cups, Kg/g and spoon or metric system) making it easy for anyone to read and follow the recipes. The illustrations are very nice and the recipes cover both Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine: many are simple to make and already brings great satisfaction to your palate. Some are more complex (making stocks can be an adventure) and very flavorful as well as inspiring. By the way, for the stocks, don't be so impressed: preparing one day the pork ribs (needing to boil first in water), save the water for a later stock for a delicious soup. Same for chicken (all stocks preserves great in the freezer anyhow so don't be scared of playing).

From a few combinations, I started to make recipes within the spirit of the cooking of the countries so, this book is very educational beyond speaking of the introductory overview of the Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine and ingredients).

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiff on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We bought this book after looking it over at the library. It provides a fantastic education about typical ingredients and the culture of Vietnam. The recipes have all been delicious so far and we have made quite a few. Nothing is too difficult and I was easily able to find the ingredients. I did have to go to the Asian market for one thing, but otherwise all were readily available. Love it and glad to have it on my cookbook shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Grant on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully illustrated and features about 65 pages of introductory material about the history of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as pictures and definitions of the many ingredients of the cuisine. This is very helpful because the recipes themselves are so authentic, that many require some sort of substitution with local ingredients, unless one has an unlimited budget and an incredibly well-stocked Asian market nearby.
If you are the kind of cook who thinks, " I don't have dried squid and chicken carcasses to make a stock; organic chicken broth simmered with some vegetables and a couple sloshes of fish sauce will be close enough",you will do great with this cookbook, and find it inspiring. If you are strictly a by-the-recipe person, you will enjoy it for the cultural notes and beautiful illustrations, but might find it frustrating to actually cook with.
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By M. murdock on May 30, 2014
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
Ok I have to admit...I can't stand most Vietnamese food.
I have braved a full course meal at a Vietnamese restaurant, under duress mind you, at my daughters insistence.
But she practically craves it...and this was a gift for her...
So a good rating for this book 'cause she likes it... best mom in the world!
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