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Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

The best Vietnamese cookbooks to recreate the flavours of your trip

Vietnamese food is likely to be one of your lasting memories from a trip to this wonderful part of the world. Since many of us like to recreate dishes we tried on our holidays, it’s worth knowing which Vietnamese cookbooks are the best and should be part of your collection.

Here’s a rundown:

Vietnamese Street Food by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl

This wonderful tome falls somewhere between cookbook and coffee table book, as the evocative location photography scattered throughout the pages really provides a sense of place. Hanoi-based couple Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl will teach you how to make everything from pho to prawn rice paper rolls in their 60 handpicked recipes.

Indochine: Baguettes and Banh Mi by Luke Nguyen

If you only intend to invest in one Vietnamese cookery book, this is a good option, as of the 100 recipes on offer, there are dishes representing everything from street food to fine dining. This means you’ll be able to find something to cook for every occasion. Accompanied by great stories and a history of various dishes, this book looks at the French influence on Vietnamese cuisine.

My Vietnamese Kitchen: recipes and stories to bring Vietnamese food to life on your plate by Uyen Luu

Having been born in Saigon, but relocated to London after the Vietnam War, Uyen Luu’s recipes are rooted in family nostalgia. Her grandmother ran a noodle soup shop from her living room and this spirit is reflected in the cookbook. Add to this the difficulty of recreating Vietnamese flavours in the UK without vital ingredients and you will find Luu’s book a very practical guide.

The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches by Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen

If the lasting memory of Vietnamese food was its world-class sandwiches then this is the book for you. Many a traveller to this corner of South-east Asia falls in love with banh mi and Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen shows you how to build them each element at a time. You’ll need a crisp baguette, succulent protein and a variety of condiments and pickles to recreate these Vietnamese classics.

The Vietnamese Market Cookbook by Anh Vu and Van Tran

Some of the most colourful sights can be seen in Vietnam’s bustling markets and this cookbook aims to bring some of that explosion for the senses to your dinner table. Whether you wish to make a large sharing dish or a comforting meal for one, Anh Vu and Van Tran will show you how to transform fresh ingredients into Vietnamese delights.

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