searching for 3 very different cookbooks
and need recommendations.
one- a comprehensive and easy to follow bread cookbook. I have a really old-school one from the 70's that's really confusing and I've been too intimidated to ever make anything from it.
two - a turkish cookbook that's either completely vegetarian or else heavily emphasizes veg. food.
third - vietnamese, thai, lao, cambodian or any south east asian (or all in one), vegetarian or mostly vegetarian cookbook. If someone could recommend a book that sampled recipes from all SE Asia, that'd be great, or else I would welcome a solid book for any of those countries.
For Vietnamese I have book called the Songs of Sapa which is quite new but very good. It isn't organized by course but by region of Vietnam, which is a bit different but very fun. The ginger chicken from this book is fabulous. I don't have anything Turkish, and as for the bread I have Whole Grain Breads by Peter Reinhardt, but I just got it so cant comment yet.
Another book by Charmaine Solomon "Complete Vegetarian Book" is very good too. It is divided into three parts - Western Influences, Eastern Influences and East meets West. Do not remember if it is indexed on EYB which I find to be helpful.
The Tassajara Bread Book is old but easy to use and everything I made out of it turned out well.
The COTM for April 2007 was Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/387069
September 2010 COTM wwas Arabesque and The New Book of Middle Eastern Food http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731358
Check these two threads to see what people cooked and liked/disliked.