Cookbook Review | The Complete Vietnamese Cookbook By Ghillie Basan

 

This book was hand-picked for review, from The Hermit Poet’s International Cookbook Collection.

 

 

Hermit Poet’s notes:

Vietnam is an intense place, moving from the war to rapid economic development over the last few decades.  The first time I visited Vietnam in 1997, I remember waiting for my visa in a humid small room at the airport. Since then, the quality of life has changed significantly. Like most Asians, the Vietnamese people love to eat. I find the Vietnamese food to be lighter and a bit sweeter than other Asian cuisine.

 

Book Review:

The Complete Vietnamese Cookbook also includes the cuisine of Cambodia.
In the introduction, you will find daily life, customs, festivals, and history of both countries and illustrated with images of everyday life, food, and maps.

The first section of the book (43 pages) is dedicated to the Vietnamese and Cambodian kitchen with cooking techniques, equipment, store-cupboard ingredients, in addition to food groups like fish and shellfish, poultry and eggs, and exotic fruits. All fully illustrated!

The last third of the book with 160 pages is composed of recipe chapters on poultry & frog’s legs and dips, sauces and condiments, among many other food groups.

The recipes are detailed and fully illustrated. Cooking tips and variations are also available with many recipes. You will need a large book holder for better access during cooking. The ‘vegetables dishes’ chapter is a must for non-meat eaters.

 

Hermit Poet’s favorite recipes:

With a few changes to adjust to personal taste!

Beef noodle soup | page 78
Bacon-wrapped beef on skewers | page 105
Baby Squid Stuffed with Pork… | page 122

 

Book information:

The Complete Vietnamese Cookbook

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Author: Ghillie Basan
  • Publisher: Hermes House
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions:12 x 9 x 1 inches

 

Available on Amazon.com below:

 

The Complete Vietnamese Cookbook

 

The following gadgets can inspire and make cooking easier

Available on Amazon.com

 

Stainless Steel Chopper-Cleaver

 


Mortar and Pestle Set

 

Flat-Bottom Wok

 

See also:

About this series

Recipes | International Flavors

Food

Daily Life | Vietnam

International Cookbook Reviews

 

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