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Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step by Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam

Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step by Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam Lowest new price: $22.37
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Author: Lien Nguyen

A cookbook both useful in the kitchen and beautiful on the coffee table, Eat Real Vietnamese Food features over ninety delicious, classical Vietnamese recipes.

These recipes may not be available elsewhere. Vietnamese chefs are notoriously secretive concerning their recipes.

Each recipe is presented with clear, easy to follow, illustrated step-by-step directions as well as the historical background of the dish.

This book is a high quality production: full color in hard cover format with a dust jacket. But, why do we need another Vietnamese cookbook? The author, award winning cookbook writer Lien Nguyen, explains:

This book started as a quiet, seemingly innocuous project: a few years ago, I decided to learn more about Vietnamese cooking, because, after all, it is my cultural heritage, and I also love to eat! My mother had an extensive collection of recipes, some neatly gathered in a notebook, but most scribbled on loose sheets of paper, often presenting several conflicting versions of the same dish. So, I decided to sort it out and write down those she thought were the best version for each of her specialties.

Any undertaking of mine has a tendency toward "mission creep," as my husband will readily tell you, and this one was no exception. As I moved along, this book evolved into a project immortalizing a disappearing cuisine and a disappearing way of life. We decided to focus on my mom's domain of expertise: Vietnamese food from the early 50s.

Vietnam has had a long, restless history, and the 20th century was particularly turbulent. These difficult, troubled times made the 50s of particular interest in the culinary sense: in those years, many Vietnamese people emigrated from the North (including my father's family) and settled in the South, bringing with them, among other things, different ways of cooking and eating. They didn't always have access to authentic Southern cuisine: old classics were modified, sometimes happily reinterpreted, sometimes badly misunderstood. Later in the century, more changes followed with the American presence, and yet more with the new affluence of peacetime.

This book's ambition is to be a time capsule from the middle of the last century, when Vietnamese cuisine was still influenced by French culture, and before it evolved radically with the arrival of immigrants from the North.

I might be partial, but I feel that the cuisine of that time is particularly refined and worthy of being preserved. It is part of my parents' cultural legacy and, for me, it is the classic cuisine of Vietnam.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food presents recipes in two-page spread "story board" format. A full color, mouth watering photo of the finished dish along with an ingredients list and some historical information appears on the left page, and the detailed, illustrated step-by-step directions are found on the right. Ninety recipes are fully presented followed by a two special sections. The first describes in detail the preparation of the various sauces and accompaniments for the dishes, and the second describes in detail the various utensils and ingredients needed for the recipes.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food is a historical document, an attractive coffee table item, and a wonderful recipe book all in one.

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Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors Lowest new price: $15.45
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Author: Andrea Nguyen
Brand: Ten Speed Press

An intimate collection of more than 175 of the finest Vietnamese recipes.

When author Andrea Nguyen's family was airlifted out of Saigon in 1975, one of the few belongings that her mother hurriedly packed for the journey was her small orange notebook of recipes. Thirty years later, Nguyen has written her own intimate collection of recipes, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, an ambitious debut cookbook that chronicles the food traditions of her native country.

Robustly flavored yet delicate, sophisticated yet simple, the recipes include steamy pho noodle soups infused with the aromas of fresh herbs and lime; rich clay-pot preparations of catfish, chicken, and pork; classic bánh mì sandwiches; and an array of Vietnamese charcuterie. Nguyen helps readers shop for essential ingredients, master core cooking techniques, and prepare and serve satisfying meals, whether for two on a weeknight or 12 on a weekend.

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Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook: Classic Vietnamese Street Food Made at Home

Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook: Classic Vietnamese Street Food Made at Home Lowest new price: $10.41
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Author: Linh Nguyen

Authentic and delicious, the recipes in Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook bring Vietnamese restaurant favorites to your family’s dining table.

From phở and spring rolls to bánh mì and rice porridge, authentic Vietnamese food is as rich as the culture from which it comes―and replicating these dishes at home is easier than you might think! With the clear-cut guidance in this Vietnamese cookbook, you’ll enjoy cooking Vietnamese food just as much as you enjoy eating it.

Author Linh Nguyen has been cooking Vietnamese food since she can remember. Her culinary style draws upon inspiration she’s found everywhere―from the recipes of her childhood in the countryside to the local street food vendors in Hanoi and the culinary diversity of New York City.

From her current home in Hội An, Linh has created Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook―a collection of easy-to-follow recipes that hold true to the roots of Vietnamese cooking. In this Vietnamese cookbook, you’ll enjoy the straightforward simplicity that comes from years of homegrown expertise.

With Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook you’ll find:

  • 8 chapters featuring popular Vietnamese favorites including Phở (Noodle Soup), Bánh Mì (Sandwiches), Cháo (Porridge), Cuốn (Rolls), Bún (Rice Vermicelli), and Gỏi/Nộm (Salad)
  • 75 authentic Vietnamese recipes specifically designed to make cooking easy and fun
  • An overview of techniques and ingredients with photos, tips for keeping herbs fresh, and shopping recommendations

Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook offers everything you need to recreate authentic Vietnamese meals. As many Vietnamese people say, “If you want to eat, get your feet to the stove.” With this Vietnamese cookbook, you’ll be able to do so with confidence!

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The Little Viet Kitchen

The Little Viet Kitchen Lowest new price: $23.94
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Author: PHAM THUY DIEM

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Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX

Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX Lowest new price: $6.00
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Author: Christine Ha
Brand: Rodale Books

Easy Vietnamese comfort food recipes from the winner of MasterChef Season 3.

In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, who specializes in the mouthwatering, wildly popular Vietnamese comfort foods of her childhood, as well as beloved American standards that she came to love growing up in Texas, re-learned how to cook. Using her heightened senses, she turns out dishes that are remarkably delicious, accessible, luscious, and crave-worthy.

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Christine sweep the thrilling MasterChef Season 3 finale, and here they can find more of her deftly crafted recipes. They'll discover food that speaks to the best of both the Vietnamese diaspora and American classics, personable tips on how to re-create delicious professional recipes in a home kitchen, and an inspirational personal narrative bolstered by Ha's background as a gifted writer. Recipes from My Home Kitchen will braid together Christine's story with her food for a result that is one of the most compelling culinary tales of her generation.

Amazon Q&A for Recipes from My Home Kitchen. Graham Elliot, MasterChef judge, chef and restauranteur interviews Christine Ha, author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen.

Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot: When you first auditioned for MasterChef did you ever imagine you we'd be talking about your very own cookbook a year later?

Christine Ha: Definitely not. I mean, it was my dream, yes. Out of the trophy/title, monetary winnings, and the cookbook deal, the cookbook was the prize I wanted the most. It only made sense--I am a writer, and by nature, writers want to share themselves with the world through their stories. What better way to marry the two loves of my life--food and word--than with my very own cookbook? But to compete against more than 30,000 home cooks across America? I don't like to get my hopes up, so I tried not to give it much thought. Well, I realize now that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and play it smart.

GE: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and I were always blown away by your ability to present beautiful, edible creations. How are you able to produce such visually stunning dishes without your sense of sight?

CH: Ah, that seems to be the million dollar question. Well, I've always had an elephant's memory, and this was only perpetuated with my vision loss. Now that I can't depend on my eyes to see what's laid out on the counter, I have to memorize where I put the basil, the knife, the sauté pan full of hot oil. This memory of how foods look--shape, their color, their texture--is what aids me when I plate a dish. I think having to feel your food forces you to become more connected with it; that's the belief of those cultures that eat their meals with their hands--touching your food with your fingers increases awareness. I also believe the fact that I can't see the small imperfections on a plate--say, the microgreens not being set exactly 2.5 inches apart--makes for a more organic and, in my opinion, aesthetically more pleasing plate.

GE: Which aspects of your cooking style do you think will be most popular with the average American home cook?

CH: Oh, Graham, I'm smart, but I'm not psychic! Is there really such a thing as an "average American home cook"? Americans are hardly average at all. Like I said, our country is just so diverse. Plus home cooks are becoming quite sophisticated these days--just look at the range of talent you see on each season of "MasterChef." I will say, however, that with demographics moving more and more towards dual income households, and even in the case of stay-at-home parents who are busy taking care of the kids and the house, people have less time and energy to cook dinner every night. For these reasons, I think many home cooks would appreciate recipes that are flavorful but not fussy. Actually, those are the exact parameters I have in my own kitchen when I cook a weeknight dinner. And for the weekends when there's a little more time for leisure projects, I enjoy more elaborate experiments like pulled pork sandwiches or my mama's eggrolls. Both types of recipes, from the easy to the intricate, can be found right here in this very cookbook.

GE: How has your approach to cooking changed over the years? How has it evolved since you won MasterChef?

CH: Like many who first start out cooking, I was very methodical. I learned by following recipes to the T--I used to think the world would end if I accidentally added one teaspoon of salt when the recipe called for three-fourths. But after cooking a dozen meals or so, I started understanding basic cooking methods and techniques. Then after another dozen meals, I began grasping flavor profiles. As with any art, once you know and understand the rules, you can break them and get away with it. Once I got to that point, I ventured off and came up with my own recipes.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned during my time on "MasterChef" is to trust my gut. Food can be very subjective. I can't stand dill or cooked salmon. But hey, if your favorite dish in the world is your grandma's baked salmon with dill weed, I can't argue that. I do think, however, that one should be able to back up their penchant for dill and baked salmon. "I love baked salmon and dill weed because it's good," to me, is not a valid argument. "I love baked salmon and dill weed because I think they complement each other in XYZ ways" is an argument I can respect even if I don't agree. Having said this, however, I wouldn't want everyone in the world to dislike dill and cooked salmon, because then where would their places be in our lives? I had a creamy dill sauce over a crêpe recently, and I thought it was incredibly delicious. And salmon sashimi is on my short list of favorite foods. I trust chefs who are confident in their opinions and can back them up. Diversity is what makes this world great; we should celebrate our differences.

GE: With the veritable treasure trove of recipes you now possess, which one do you feel best represents you and your life's journey?

CH: I'd have to go with the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It starts out an inedible mass, but after you put some heat under it, it becomes delectably sweet--that's been my journey in life. It's by no means fancy, but it will always put a smile on your face--that's me. Sinfully scrumptious.

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Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe Lowest new price: $19.95
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Author: Tom Moorman

French-inspired Vietnamese cooking from the cultural hub of Austin, Texas – recommended by everyone from locals to Bon Appetit to The New York Times to goop.

"A Vietnamese café plus French bakery, Elizabeth Street Café combines the best of two worlds." —goop

Elizabeth Street Café – a celebrated eatery with a devoted following – features French-inspired Vietnamese cooking. Chefs Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire share 100 recipes of beautiful and delicious Vietnamese fare and French baked goods – from Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice and Eggs to Green Jungle Curry Noodles, and Palm Sugar Ice Cream to Toasted Coconut Cream Puffs. The café is always bustling, day and night, inside and outdoors, and it is one of the most photographed restaurants in Austin, Texas.

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Vietnamese Food with Helen's Recipes

Vietnamese Food with Helen's Recipes Lowest new price: $24.99
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Author: Helen Le

This cookbook features authentic Vietnamese home cooking recipes with step-by-step photo instructions and links to video demonstrations on Youtube. The recipes have been tested by thousands of viewers of Helen's Recipes Channel on Youtube with excellent results. See testers' food photos here: http://iconosquare.com/tag/helenrecipes . Watch this book launch video to find out WHY this cookbook is a MUST-BUY: http://youtu.be/K2oBE4k_Kvk . E-book version is available at: http://danangcuisine.com/cookbook/

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An: To Eat: Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen

An: To Eat: Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen Lowest new price: $11.95
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Author: Helene An

In Vietnamese, “AN” means “TO EAT,” a happy coincidence, since the An family has built an award-winning restaurant empire— including the renowned celebrity favorite Crustacean Beverly Hills—that has been toasted by leading food press, including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, InStyle and the Food Network. Helene An, executive chef and matriarch of the House of An, is hailed as the “mother of fusion” and was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for her signature style that brings together Vietnamese, French, and California- fresh influences. Now her daughter Jacqueline tells the family story and shares her mother's delicious and previously “secret” recipes, including “Mama's” Beef Pho, Drunken Crab, and Oven-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken.

Helene's transformation from pampered “princess” in French Colonial Vietnam, to refugee then restaurateur, and her journey from Indochina's lush fields to family kitchen gardens in California are beautifully chronicled throughout the book. The result is a fascinating peek at a lost world, and the evolution of an extraordinary cuisine. The 100 recipes in An: To Eat feature clean flavors, simple techniques, and unique twists that could only have come from Helene's personal story.

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Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook: The Complete Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook – Delicious and Simple BBQ Recipes

Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook: The Complete Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook – Delicious and Simple BBQ Recipes Lowest new price: $11.99
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Author: Jack Crawford

Do you love cooking outside?

Have you recently purchased a Masterbuilt Smoker or are you thinking about getting one? Would you like a book that is packed with amazing recipes? Smoking food is a great way to get amazing taste. Most people imagine that it would be only meats and fish that are best for this style of cooking, but in this book you will also find recipes for vegetables, fruit and other foods that aren’t usually considered. With Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook: Delicious and Simple Electric Smoker Recipes For Everyone, you can soon be enjoying mouth watering recipes for all sorts of food, like:
  • Beautiful brisket
  • Dreamy smoking shrimp
  • Goodness gracious smoked lamb
  • Smoked turkey legs
  • Smoky green beans
  • Smoked apples
  • Smoked peaches
  • And lots more…
If you always thought that the only things you could smoke were meat and chicken, then think again. This book provides you with some fabulous ideas that will impress your friends and family. Get a copy of Masterbuilt Smoker Cookbook today and see for yourself how to make delicious and perfect smoked food every time you cook!


Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table

Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table Lowest new price: $5.04
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Author: Graham Holliday
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A journalist and blogger takes us on a colorful and spicy gastronomic tour through Viet Nam in this entertaining, offbeat travel memoir, with a foreword by Anthony Bourdain.

 Growing up in a small town in northern England, Graham Holliday wasn’t keen on travel. But in his early twenties, a picture of Hanoi sparked a curiosity that propelled him halfway across the globe. Graham didn’t want to be a tourist in an alien land, though; he was determined to live it. An ordinary guy who liked trying interesting food, he moved to the capital city and embarked on a quest to find real Vietnamese food. In Eating Viet Nam, he chronicles his odyssey in this strange, enticing land infused with sublime smells and tastes.

Traveling through the back alleys and across the boulevards of Hanoi—where home cooks set up grills and stripped-down stands serving sumptuous fare on blue plastic furniture—he risked dysentery, giardia, and diarrhea to discover a culinary treasure-load that was truly foreign and unique. Holliday shares every bite of the extraordinary fresh dishes, pungent and bursting with flavor, which he came to love in Hanoi, Saigon, and the countryside. Here, too, are the remarkable people who became a part of his new life, including his wife, Sophie.

A feast for the senses, funny, charming, and always delicious, Eating Viet Nam will inspire armchair travelers, curious palates, and everyone itching for a taste of adventure. 

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