Andrea Nguyen is an author, editor, teacher and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. Her first book publication was "Trip to Freedom," a short children's book on how her family came to America. Andrea's food writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Lucky Peach, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Rachel Ray Everyday, Sunset, Cooking Light, and Rodale's Organic Life.
Her first cookbook, "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" was nominated for three 2007 James Beard and IACP cookbook awards. "Asian Dumplings" was her second cookbook with award-winning publisher Ten Speed Press. In March 2012, Cooking Light magazine selected both books for their Best 100 Cookbooks of the Past 25 Years award. Andrea's works comprised two of the seven cookbooks in the Asian category.
Andrea's third cookbook, "Asian Tofu" (2012) is an exciting work loaded with techniques and recipes, as well as personal stories of artisans, cooks, and chefs for whom tofu is a vital part of their lives; the book was a finalist for a 2013 IACP award. To bring Vietnamese food to a mainstream audience, Andrea wrote "The Banh Mi Handbook" (2014), which NPR named one of the best cookbooks of the year.
Her latest work, "The Pho Cookbook", released on February 7, 2017. People all over are getting into the pho spirit by making it themselves!
She also edited "Unforgettable", a biography cookbook by culinary legend Paula Wolfert. The unique project was crowdfunded via Kickstarter and published in April 2017. A new edition releases in October 2017 from Grand Central Life & Style!
Regardless of topic, Andrea unlocks the cuisines of Asia for home cooks to explore, master, and savor.