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Stuck in a cooking rut? Tired of making the same dishes over and over again? Then, it’s time to branch out – try something a little different. When I’m stuck in a cooking rut my favorite thing to do is experiment with international dishes like curries, marinades, soups, and appetizers.
Recently, I started to think about some of the dishes I used to make (before kids) and it made me think about Vietnamese cuisine and how much I missed it. Let me just say, the flavor profiles are amazing! I love to combine spicy, sweet, salty, and savory whenever possible. Of course, my three-year-old won’t eat most things. That’s okay, sometimes parents just need to make something tasty that’s just for the grownups. My favorite Vietnamese dishes are Lemongrass Chicken, Pho, and String Beans.
Luckily, there are a variety of local markets in northwest Ohio, so it’s easy to find the ingredients needed to experiment with tasty dishes from around the world. So, take the leap and try your hand at a recipe you’ve never tried before, because let’s face it – making the same old recipes every week gets old after a while.
Below, you’ll find a selection of Vietnamese cookbooks to get you started on your next cooking adventure. Enjoy!
Featuring accessible, quick, and easy recipes, this cookbook is perfect for anyone interested in preparing dishes with complex flavors at home. From Tumeric Coconut Rice to Chile Garlic Chicken Wings to No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, this book has something for everyone.
The Pho Cookbook: From Easy to Adventurous, Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles
By Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen
Did you know Pho has a cult following in the United States? The popular noodle soup is incredibly soothing and offers endless flavor combinations. Check out this book if you want to learn how to make one of the most amazingly satisfying dishes on the planet.
Banh Mi sandwiches are out of this world! There’s just something about the way everything comes together to make the perfect sandwich. You’ll love these recipes that combine crispy bread, grilled meat, pickled veggies, and flavorful condiments like Sriracha Aioli – yum!
Each chapter explores the five fundamental Vietnamese flavors: sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty. Adventurous cooks will enjoy the creative and tasty recipes like the Sea Bass Carpaccio, Claypot Chicken with Ginger, Papaya Salad with Crispy Anchovies, and many more delectably delicious dishes. And believe it or not, the recipes in this cookbook are easy to prepare.
In this book, you’ll find personal stories and a lot of delectable dishes like Oven-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken, Slow-Roasted Pork with Ginger Balsamic Glaze, and Beef Pho.
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