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The Banh Mi Handbook, Andrea Nguyen's New Cookbook Sneak Peek

Since many of us love the Banh Mi sandwich I thought this announcement ought to have its own thread. The book will be released July 2014, however it can be pre-ordered from Amazon now. I have my order in and can't wait to get it.

http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607...

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    1. Evil-Gio :) I just put it in my cart, anticipating more items in order to get free shipping.

      1. I'm salivating all over the place, thank you for posting this!

        1. It looks like the book will include a recipe on how to make the bread too. Yippee! Consider it sold. Thanks for the heads up, Gio.

          1. I succumbed to the siren song... the bread recipe? Who can resist?

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            1. re: smtucker

              Me too :) I keep promising Bob that I'll learn to make bread. What better?!?!?

            2. Andrea is just so enthusiastic as well.
              You know the book will be good!

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              1. re: wabi

                wabi, I took an Asian dumpling class from her last spring and she's just the best. Loads of fun and low key. And she kept reminding us that even if our dumplings didn't LOOK perfect that wasn't going to effect their taste :)

              2. i'm replying so that i can remember this post! SO excited!

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                1. re: raygunclan

                  If Andrea's banh mi sandwiches are any way near as tasty as her char siu, I'll be in heaven.

                  1. re: smtucker

                    Ooh, ooh, ooh!!! From whom? I ordered through Amazon. Did you get the free goodies for pre-ordering?

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Ordered through Amazon. Have no recollection of any free goodies for pre-ordering.

                      1. re: smtucker

                        I'm FB friends with her and I believe she directed us to her blog. Got a signed bookplate, a packet of salt from the Red Boat folks, a removeable tattoo "In Banh Mi We Trust," and a spicy mayo recipe...............Just checked and it looks like you could still get it if you want.

                        http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/...

                        1. re: c oliver

                          I pre-ordered last December but cannot figure out how to obtain the extra gifts. It doesn't matter, though, I'll just be happy to get the book! So happy to know it's being shipped.

                          1. re: Gio

                            If you go to the link I provided and right click (you may have to do it right on top of how they tell you to get it), there's a form to fill out. You have to include your order number. It's fun. She wants to see me with tattoo on and a sandwich in my hand :)

                              1. re: Gio

                                If you can't make it work, email me and I'll fill it in for you.

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  LOL... tttthhhhaaannnkkksss. That's me doddering.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Thanks very much for your offer, CO. It's much appreciated!

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      Hey, we've had major internet problems this weekend and we're doddering with the best of us :)

                            1. re: c oliver

                              Oh you have to like a commercial product on Facebook. Never mind. [And I even like the product in real life.]

                              1. re: smtucker

                                I'm almost positive I didn't do that. Give it a try and see. It's just a fun thing :)

                                1. re: smtucker

                                  I didn't do that, SMT, and filled out the form w/o any problems.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Hopefully I'll get a ship notice soon. Fraudulent use (from India) was attempted with our credit card so they cancelled it. The book hadn't been charged yet so I just had a notice from Amazon this morning. With triple digit #s heading our way, some banh mi sounds like just the thing, doesn't it?

                        2. It is a good book.My husband and I were recipe testers for that book and the rest of her books except for her first, In To The Vietnamese Kitchen.

                          I had a note from her this AM wanting to know if I had received my copy yet. I imagine it will arrive today.

                          It is certainly a good book to have in your cookbook library.

                          1. I made the rolls today! She is SUCH a great teacher. I didn't admit it til after but I'd never made bread before. They turned out soooo good. I'll prepare the pickled daikon/pickles later and tomorrow we'll have the sandwiches. Have lots of fixin's in the fridge. I know I'm going to love this with at least two more months of summer.

                             
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                            1. re: c oliver

                              Gasp! You didn't. Brava! The loaves look fabulous for a first attempt. In my bread baking days I'd have shot right to this also. Unfortunately dem daz is gon fer eveah.

                              1. re: Gio

                                Thanks a ton, Gio. What was nice is that it's just done in the mixer with almost no kneading. But there were a lot of steps after that and I'm pretty pooped. At one point, I just turned to Bob and said "I have ten minutes. Will you please fix us a sandwich?" Which, of course, he did. I guess you and I are gonna keep these lads of ours around for a bit longer :)

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      Not sure what that is. As in paraphrasing? No cause the recipe is three pages long! She has an old recipe online from 2007 but it's really nothing like this. The ingredients include 500 mg Vitamin C, sea salt, sugar, instant dry yeast, vital wheat gluten, flour, shortening and hot water.

                                      I followed her to the tee as I always do and it worked out perfectly. I took an Asian dumpling class from her last year, have all her books and find her to be a great teacher. The book has a page of photos showing how to make the almost finished dough into rolls. As I said, I've never made bread before (hey, I'm only 67!) so I have nothing to compare it to :)

                                        1. re: LulusMom

                                          LOL :) Well, I did divorce him for a couple of years about ten years ago! He'll do anything I ask, really willingly, but I do have to remember to ask. If I can read minds, why can't he??? It's made a huge difference in the kitchen. When *I* make pasta, he's my partner. Same with grinding meat. And he's fine and dandy with cleaning up my messes while I continue to cook. A good guy.

                              2. Today I made the pickled daikon/carrots, the cilantro Maggi mayo (best condiment I've ever had and I could eat it by the spoonful!) and the Hanoi grilled chicken. Reheated the rolls, spread with the mayo, then a storebought duck liver mousse, the chicken, the pickles and cilantro and serrano pepper slices. What a GREAT lunch.

                                As always, Andrea's recipes are spot-on, giving an incredible amount of detail.

                                 
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                                1. re: c oliver

                                  Your sandwich looks wonderful. I've made that daikon/carrot pickle so many times. I just Love it. Glad you like it too. First had it when Into the Vietnam Kitchen was COTM. In that same book is her recipe for Char Siu which I usually make to stuff into her bahn mi. Lordy, talk about delicious.

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Yeah, Char Siu is on my short list and I also have made the pickled vegs. DO please try that mayo. No joke about eating it by the spoonful...or at least a fingerful :) Oh, and that Hanoi grilled chicken couldn't be better or easier. That will be a regular here with or without the bread. I did it in a CI skillet. Dang, that's making me hungry...again :)