10 Authentic Vietnamese Cookbooks That Are Worth Reading

Vietnam has become a culinary hotspot over the last decade. The country now boasts some of the finest restaurants in Asia. If you want to try authentic local dishes, then these cookbooks are sure to inspire you.

From street food to fine dining, Vietnam offers something for everyone. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, from Saigon to Dalat, there are plenty of places where you can eat delicious cuisine at affordable prices.

Authentic Vietnamese Cookbooks

With its rich culture and history, Vietnam is home to some of the tastiest cuisines around. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a full meal, these cookbooks will give you inspiration.

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors [A Cookbook]

Award-winning author Andrea Nguyen shows how to make authentic Vietnamese food quickly and easily with ingredients you can find at any grocery store. She does this by showing how her mother cooked, which she learned in America after fleeing Vietnam. 

Banh mi, rice paper rolls, and pho, as well as Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets, Chile-Garlic Chicken Wings, Vibrant Turmeric Coconut Rice, and No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, can all be made at home with Nguyen’s help, eliminating the need to visit a specialist store. 

Nguyen’s tips on making Vietnamese food with ingredients from big supermarkets are very helpful for freeing up home cooks and making daily cooking easier.

Vietnamese Home Cooking

Vietnamese Home Cooking: [A Cookbook]

When Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in 1995, he showed Americans a new side of Vietnamese food. It was strongly rich, subtly nuanced, authentic but influenced by local ingredients, and easy to eat. Phan makes a groundbreaking collection based on the idea that Vietnamese home cooking can be as easy to understand and try as food from the United States, France, or Italy.

Crispy imperial rolls, supple steamed dumplings, delicately flavored whole fish, and hearty lemongrass beef stew are all pleasantly close. Abundant imagery illustrating procedures and equipment and bright Vietnam pictures elucidate and inspire. This authoritative reference includes master recipes for stocks and sauces, a visual guide to supplies, and suggestions on buying a wok and seasoning a clay pot.

Vietnamese Home Cooking is a personal and approachable guide to real Vietnamese cuisine from one of its prominent voices.

Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese food to cook at home

Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese food to cook at home

Uyen Luu shows in Vietnamese that Vietnamese food is as easy to make as pasta; all you need is fish sauce and enthusiasm.

Uyen provides 85 of her greatest dishes, some traditional, some modern, utilizing store items.

Recipes include noodle soups, salads, sharing platters, one-pot marvels, and dinner-party showstoppers. Try Crispy Roast Pork Belly, Sea Bass in Tomato, Celery, and Dill Broth, or Fried Noodles and Greens.

The Vietnamese cookbook is full of fuss-free, delicious recipes that are quick to prepare.

The Little Viet Kitchen: Over 100 authentic and delicious Vietnamese recipes

The Little Viet Kitchen: Over 100 authentic and delicious Vietnamese recipes

Thuy grew up in the south of Vietnam in a small village with animals, fresh food, morning markets with just-picked vegetables, and traditional street food. These memories shape her food philosophy and help her come up with new ways to cook. Her London restaurant, The Little Viet Kitchen, serves Vietnamese food in Islington. Thuy and her husband, Dave, have made meals that have the precision and style of a restaurant and the comfort of a home kitchen.

Thuy’s cooking has all the elements of Vietnamese food, and the organic ingredients she uses are the stars. Thuy takes a unique approach to cooking Vietnamese food in the West. He knows a lot about Vietnamese culture and has a deep understanding of the restaurant and food scene in London.

Thuy’s life and memories help her come up with new ways to make classic dishes and Vietnamese family favorites. This book celebrates Thuy’s passion for Vietnamese cooking, culture, and way of life, converting every kitchen into a Little Viet Kitchen.

This book has 100 authentic Vietnamese recipes from The Little Viet Kitchen, London. Each recipe is styled and photographed by Thuy.

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

Andrea Nguyen’s mother frantically packed a little orange notebook containing family recipes before the family was flown out of Saigon in 1975. Nguyen’s ambitious first cookbook, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, is a record of the food traditions of her home country. It is the result of thirty years of research into Vietnamese food.

The recipes range from traditional bánh m sandwiches and a selection of Vietnamese charcuterie to steaming bowls of pho noodle soup scented with fresh herbs and lime. For two people on a weeknight or twelve people on the weekend, Nguyen shows readers how to get the supplies they need, learn basic cooking techniques, and make and serve delicious meals.

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

The goal of this book is to be a time capsule that lets readers go back to the middle of the 20th century, when French culture still had a big impact on Vietnamese food, before it changed a lot because so many people moved there from the North.

In Eat Real Vietnamese Food, the recipes are laid out in a “storyboard” style that takes up two pages. On the left page, you’ll find a full-color, mouth-watering photo of the finished meal alongside an ingredients list and some background information, and on the right, you’ll find detailed, illustrated instructions. There are two bonus sections after the 90 recipes. In the first, a lot of detail is given about the different sauces and sides. In the second, a lot of detail is given about the different tools and supplies needed for the recipes.

Besides being a fantastic cookbook, Eat Real Vietnamese Food is also an interesting piece of Vietnamese cultural history and a lovely addition to any coffee table.

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

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

“AN” means “TO EAT” in Vietnamese, which is a happy coincidence since the An family has built a chain of award-winning restaurants, including Crustacean Beverly Hills. Helene An, executive chef and matriarch of House of An, is known as the “mother of fusion.” Her unique approach fuses Vietnamese, French, and California-fresh inspirations. Jacqueline tells the family story and serves “Mama’s” Beef Pho, Drunken Crab, and Oven-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken.

In the book, Helene’s journey from spoiled “princess” in French Colonial Vietnam to refugee and restaurant owner is told in a beautiful way. It’s a fascinating look at a lost world and an extraordinary cuisine. An: To Eat features 100 dishes with clean flavors, simple processes, and interesting twists.

Quick & Easy Vietnamese: Home Cooking for Everyone

Quick & Easy Vietnamese: Home Cooking for Everyone (Quick & Easy Cookbooks Series)

It is likely that Pho, a noodle soup, is the most well-known Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam. Spring rolls, known as Nern in the north and Cha Goi in the south when deep-fried, are another popular dish throughout Thailand. Rice can be a side dish on its own or be the main course when paired with other items like meat, poultry, or seafood. Vietnamese cuisine features a wide variety of herb and spice combinations. In general, meals are neither extremely spicy nor fatty. Popular options on the menu include seafood and vegetarian dishes such as An Chay. In recent years, chefs from all over the world have paid a lot of attention to how healthy Vietnamese food is.

With this book, people who haven’t been to Vietnam before can go on a delicious food trip there. The taste may surprise some people because of the unusual mix of ingredients, but it will still be good. You can find everything you need to make these dishes in your local grocery shop, health food store, or Asian grocery market.

Little Vietnam: From Lemongrass Chicken to Rice Paper Rolls, 80 Exciting Vietnamese Dishes to Prepare at Home

Little Vietnam: From Lemongrass Chicken to Rice Paper Rolls, 80 Exciting Vietnamese Dishes to Prepare at Home [Vietnamese Cookbook]

In Little Vietnam, you’ll find eighty dishes that are true to the spirit, color, and thrill of Vietnamese cuisine. Nhut Huynh, a well-known Vietnamese chef and restaurant owner, talks about how food kept his family alive during war and separation. He also talks about how food is now a springboard for him to explore his country’s rich cultural history.

In this simple cookbook, Nhut includes both traditional Vietnamese dishes and newer dishes he has tried from street vendors during his many trips back to Vietnam. Nhut tells you where to find ingredients and how to cook them throughout the book.

These dishes, which use ingredients found in most Western stores, will please home cooks, and Nhut’s story will encourage us to learn more about this fascinating rising country and its rich culinary traditions.

Real Vietnamese Cooking: Everyday Favorites from the Street to the Kitchen

Real Vietnamese Cooking: Everyday Favorites from the Street to the Kitchen

Real Vietnamese Cooking is a collection of the cooking knowledge of three food adventurers who spent years learning from Vietnam’s best chefs and looking for flavors that few Westerners know. It has easy-to-find ingredients used to make local versions of classic dishes and lesser-known favorites. This 88-recipe cookbook showcases the coastal country’s delicacies.

You’ll learn about Vietnam’s rich culinary history between bites. With the writers’ own anecdotes, you’ll learn about Vietnam’s distinctive culture and why it’s so popular.

Real Vietnamese Cooking combines traditional recipes with street-smart secrets and trendy flavors.

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