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Jun 20, 2011 10:28 PM

Which Vietnamese Cookbook?

I want to buy only one Vietnamese cookbook. Does anyone have both Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and Hot Sour Salty Sweet ? I have been reading enthusiastic reviews and see that the first has an excellent ingredients glossary and the second wonderful cultural information but I wonder whether anyone could compare the actual recipes for me?

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  1. During the month of September 2008 the Cookbook of the Month was actually 2 Vietnamese books:

    Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham


    Into the Vietnamese Kitchen by Andrea Nguyen

    Here's the master thread with links to the reporting threads so you can see what we made and how we liked those dishes:

    Each book has it's strengths and each was well like by those who cooked during the month and beyond.


    1. Why these two books? Hot Sour Salty Sweet is more a Southeast Asian cookbook than a Viet Namese cookbook, with recipes from all over the region. The more likely comparison of Viet Namese cookbooks might be "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" vs "Pleasures of the Vietnamese table", for a good side by side comparison you might want to look at the Sept. 2008 COTM threads, which covered both of these Vietnamese two books. Also, fyi, Hot Sour Sweet Salty was COTM in Feb 2007. Heres a link to the COTM archives:

      1. "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" hands down. There are some other decent cookbooks out there, but Andrea Nguyen beats them hands down. BTW...she has a great website as well.