- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hermes House; 2006 ed. edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844778924
- ISBN-13: 978-0681375840
- ASIN: 0681375841
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vietnamese Food & Cooking Paperback – 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
- 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...
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read more
I am very with this book, it is exactly what i wanted for my students. The book is full of nice pictures and the recipes are very good. Thank you.
I had been looking for a good Vietnamese cookbook for a long time. Saw a copy of this while on vacation in this cozy organic restaurant. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Mimi