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15 Authentic Vietnamese Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Vietnam is a beautiful country that is well-known for most visitors to its tasty cuisine besides impressive nature, friendly people. Varied from region to region with diverse flavors and ingredients, travelers can experience savory delicacies everywhere that are unique through each land you pass over.

Nowadays, you could totally let your tastebuds or family join in this Vietnamese culinary journey right at your kitchen quickly with the assistance of these 10 Vietnamese cookbooks we list below. Let’s check it out!

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors [A Cookbook]

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“A practical and thoughtful Vietnamese cookbook for our American kitchens–a must-have, I think!” – I Do The Speed Limit

Being on a family that runs away from Vietnam to America, Andrea Nguyen has turned the long experience and cooking hack from her mom into recipes using easy-to-find ingredients to create real Vietnamese flavors at home quickly. 

With Nguyen’s guide in Vietnamese Food Any Day, there is no need to go to a specialty grocer for favorites such as banh mi, rice paper rolls, and pho. By following Nguyen’s tips and tricks, fresh, delicious Vietnamese food is within your reach on any night of the week with 80 easy recipes using ingredients at national supermarkets.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Andrea Nguyen, a bank examiner that gone off her dream in childhood. Her notable books are Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, Asian Tofu, The Banh Mi Handbook, and The Pho Cookbook. Many of them have been recognized by the profession and specialized organizations for their excellence.

Besides, she also is editor of Unforgettable, a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Andrea has contributed to many publications, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Cooking Light.

Vietnamese Home Cooking: [A Cookbook]

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“Great intro to Vietnamese cooking” – Kat A

Charles Phan is the chef/owner of a now-legendary restaurant opened since 1995, The Slanted Door. With the spirit of introducing American diners to a new world of authentic Vietnamese food with local ingredients and entirely approachable, Phan has brought a collection of central techniques and fundamental elements into Vietnamese Home Cooking.

By following his guidance, even French, Italian, or cooks from other cuisines can make Vietnamese meals at their own kitchen. 

With dimensional instruction and encouraging guidance, readers could correctly apply and cook several authentic Vietnamese meals. Besides main dishes, sauces recipes and tips on choosing kitchen devices such as a pan or a clay pot that usually stick together are also included.

Each detail technique and equipment are all attached with abundant photography, which some of them were taken on Vietnam for more inspiration.

Inspired with the author’s stories and experiences, from his early days as a refugee to his current culinary success, Vietnamese Home Cooking is a personal and accessible guide to real Vietnamese cuisine.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Charles Phan, the executive chef/owner of The Slanted Door family of restaurants. Besides, he also is the author of Vietnamese Home Cooking, which won the IACP award.

With these successes, he received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California and was taken into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food in America. Now he lives in San Francisco with his wife and their three children.

The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam’s Favorite Soup and Noodles 

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“I feel like I have a new superpower” – Kindle Customer

In the memory of author Andrea Nguyen, her first taste of pho in Vietnam when being a child sitting at a Saigon street stall with her parents is still very clear. That experience had inspired a lifelong love of this iconic noodle soup even long before it became a much-loved food item in the United States.

Here in The Pho Cookbook, Andrea is not only simply teach you how to make it at home successfully but also dives deep into pho’s lively past by visiting its birthplace.

With over 50 options, you could choose one of them for quick weeknight cheats or impressive weekend feasts with broth, condiments, and other pho rice noodle favorites.

Also included in the recipes are snacks, salads, companion dishes, and vegetarian and gluten-free options that welcome everyone to the pho table.

With helpful guides on ingredients and techniques, plus location photography and in-depth historical knowledge, making classic pho is totally within your reach with The Pho Cookbook.

About the Author: Andrea Nguyen is a Vietnamese working as an author, teacher, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moving to the US at the age of six, she wrote her first book to record that journey for children.

Her many well-known cookbooks are Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, and The Banh Mi Handbook. Besides, her writings on food have been posted in the Wall Street Journal, Cooking Light, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Rodale’s Organic Life.

The Little Viet Kitchen: Over 100 authentic and delicious Vietnamese recipes

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“In addition to the recipes being super easy and yummy, the photos in this book are amazing and totally worth the purchase alone. I made the chicken broth pho and it was fabulous.” – Deborah

Thuy is a woman born and raised in a small village in South Vietnam. Surrounded by traditional street food and grew up amidst livestock and fresh produce, with a wonderful variety of fruits, morning markets with freshly picked vegetables, the foundation of her food philosophy, and culinary creations created there.

The Little Viet Kitchen is her landmark London restaurant, and in the same-name cookbook, she brings readers over 100 authentic and delicious Vietnamese recipes.

Knowing all Vietnamese cuisine elements, Thuy shows the natural textures and flavors of the organic ingredients she uses to make her food. Based on each recipe’s expertise and memories, Thuy offers a fresh approach to making the best of classic dishes and Vietnamese family favorites.

With beautiful photography by David Loftus styled by Thuy’s accompaniment in each recipe, this book takes readers to a journey from their kitchen to Vietnam.

About the Author: Thuy Diem Pham is a Vietnamese born in a small village in the South. Before moving to the UK at the age of 7, she spent her early years in Vietnam with her family.

Not being trained under any formal chef program, Thuy learned traditional recipes and techniques passed down by her mother and other family members. Thuy has also featured on Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube with @the_little_viet_kitchen and the website thelittlevietkitchen.com.

Hometown Flavors: Vietnamese Recipes with Vibrant Origins

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“Incredibly Practical, Easy-to-Read, and Fun!” – Frank Tzeng

Hometown Flavors is the result of Vi’s work in capturing her family’s recipes, experimenting with modern techniques, and teaching cooking classes for over ten years.

By reading this book, you could immerse yourself in a world of Vietnamese dishes from classic as Banh mi and Pho to modern Vietnamese-inspired cocktails like the Perilla Mojito.

When the Spanish-Indian spice trade came to Vietnam, locals even combine new spices into their dishes. With Vi’s cookbook, you’ll get lost in both the cultural journey and the tastes of Vietnam.

All recipes are simple and straightforward that helps readers get to the complex flavors of Vietnamese cooking without feeling overwhelmed by the cuisine’s difference. Her introduction to each method and how she breaks down the ingredients and instructions will make people impressive.

About the author: Vi Phuong Tran is a young author who desired to transcribe her grandmother’s recipes into a cookbook introducing to foreigners. 

Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook: Classic Vietnamese Street Food Made at Home

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“Lovely book, with ingredients that can be sourced easily enough in the UK. Brings back the memory of my recent Vietnam trip.” – L. Pemberton

Drawing on her childhood growing up experiencing meals in a small northern village, author Linh Nguyen provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use Vietnamese cookbook and teaches readers about the unique place that food contains Vietnamese culture.

The Lemongrass, Ginger and Mint Vietnamese Cookbook is a complete guide to preparing authentic Vietnamese street food at home. Divided into eight chapters with each dedicated to one type of food, this handbook makes it simple for anyone to master Vietnamese street cuisine.

In this book, you will find 75 mouth-watering authentic recipes at the heart of Vietnam cuisine, accompanied by the historical story hidden behind each method. Moreover, the complete guide for herb selection, storage, handy tools easy-to-prepare tips for traditional Vietnamese delights at home is also mentioned.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Linh Nguyen, who is the creator of the Vietnamese cooking blog IndieChine.com. Born and raised in a small village in the north of Vietnam, Linh’s recipes are inspired by her favorite childhood meals and closeness to nature. She is a Fulbright Scholar and graduated from Columbia University.

Besides the popular blog, Linh also has a food channel on YouTube, which has been featured by Yahoo!, Mashable, Design Sponge, and numerous Vietnamese magazines. Now she is producing photography in New York City, where she lives with her husband.

The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches [A Cookbook]

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“I love cookbooks that are readable–not simply lists of recipes” – RL.

Banh mi is an addictive twist on the French snack of pate and bread created by Vietnamese street vendors over a century ago. Since then, many new flavors and unique recipes have been re-created to bring a new world of taste for anyone bored with the standard sandwich fare. 

As a cookbook devoted to the beloved Vietnamese sandwich, The Banh Mi Handbook presents more than 50 recipes and numerous insights for crafting a wide range of sandwiches.

It ranges from iconic classics fillings to innovative modern combinations such as Crispy Drunken Chicken, Shrimp in Caramel Sauce, Grilled Lemongrass Pork, Beef, and Curry Sliders, Coconut Curry Tofu and Lettuce Wrap Banh Mi. 

All of Andrea Nguyen’s recipes are simple for flavor-packed fillings, homemade flavorings, and crunchy, colorful pickled vegetables that bring the very best Vietnamese street food to your kitchen. 

About the Author: Andrea Nguyen is an author, teacher, and consultant living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States at the age of six. Many of her famous cookbooks are Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, and The Banh Mi Handbook.

Besides, she also is a contributing editor whose work appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Cooking Light, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Rodale’s Organic Life. Visit her online at VietWorldKitchen.com.

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

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“Great Vietnamese cookbook for a wide audience” – netzien

When author Andrea Nguyen’s family moved out of Saigon in 1975, one of the few belongings that her mother hurriedly grabbed was her small orange notebook of recipes.

Thirty years later, Nguyen has written her own intimate collection of recipes, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, with an ambition of preserving the food traditions of her native country.

As included in the name, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen is an intimate collection of more than 175 of the most elegant Vietnamese recipes that take readers to step into a Vietnamese kitchen.

All methods bring hearty flavor but delicate and sophisticated yet straightforward like steamy pho noodle soups soaking with the aromas of fresh herbs and lime; lavish clay-pot preparations of catfish, chicken, and pork; classic bánh mì sandwiches.

Nguyen helps readers shop for essential ingredients, master core cooking techniques, and prepare and serve satisfying meals.

About the Author: Andrea Nguyen is an author, teacher, and consultant living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in Vietnam and went to the United States when she was six.

Andrea’s food writing has been posted in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Rodale’s Organic Life where she is also a contributing editor.

Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table: Recipes and Reminiscences from Vietnam’s Best Market Kitchens, Street Cafes, and Home Cooks

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“Bring Vietnam to your kitchen!” – vanquish

According to author Mai Pham, though Vietnamese cuisine is influenced by China, India, and some countries, it still has its own flavors. Born and raised in Saigon before emigrating to the United States, Mai has usually gone back to hometown to learn the secrets of authentic Vietnamese cooking, from family, friends, home cooks, street vendors, and master chefs. 

By traveling from region to region, she has gathered the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food today. Some of them are Green Mango Salad with Grilled Beef, Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass, and Chilies, Caramelized Garlic Shrimp, and especially pho, the country’s beloved beef-and-noodle soup. 

With more than 100 recipes, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table provides home cooks the chance to create and savor the traditional taste of Vietnam in their own kitchen.

Inside the book is not only recipes but also enchanting stories and stirring black-and-white photos of life in Vietnam. All draw up an enduring culture and its irresistible cuisine.

About the Author: Mai Pham was born in Vietnam but grew up in both Vietnam and Thailand. She currently works as a chef/owner of the famous Lemon Grass Restaurant in Sacramento, California, and the legendary La Bou Bakery and Cafe group in Northern California.

Besides, Mai also is a food reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and a regular guest chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. Her first.

Vietnamese Market Cookbook: Spicy Sour Sweet

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“This book deserves much better reviews than it currently has” – Mr G.

In Vietnamese cuisine, the flavors are diverse, with the number of five tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and spicy. Though rich with those aromas, this intensely flavorful culinary is very light and made with simple ingredients and easy-to-prepare steps.

That is the message that authors Van Tran and Anh Vu wanted to bring to a hungry crowd when they opened their banh mi stall in London.

Living in an international city that surprisingly lacked the tastes of the childhoods in Hanoi as London, the two girls decided to make and sell banh mi by themselves. When their business expanded, it is the time for The Vietnamese Market Cookbook to be born.

By reading this book, you will find that the recipes are more straightforward than you might think but still explode with the purest flavors of vegetables, seafood, lean meats, spices, chiles, and treasured Vietnamese condiments like fish sauce.

From chapters like “Sweetness and Happiness” to “Spiciness and Adventure” and “Saltiness and Healing, readers are provided with both old and new favorites that will bring a little bit of Vietnam into your home.

About the Author: The authors of this cookbook are Van Tran and Anh Vu. Born in Vietnam, both of them spent their childhoods in Hanoi. Later, Van moved to Sweden with her family at the age of 12 and Anh moved to England by herself when she was 17. They met while studying at Oxford University.

Van and Vu cooperated to open their first street-food stall (BanhMi11) in Broadway Market in 2009 and their first shop in 2012. Now their stalls have spread out across London markets as you can find out more at www.banhmi11.com.

Besides, they host a series of regular pop-up dinners appeared on Jamie’s Great Britain and Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries. Now they live in East London.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step by Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam

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“A practical and meaningful Vietnamese cuisine cookbook” – Jean Frederic Viret

Among Vietnam’s long, restless history, the 20th century was particularly chaotic. In those years, many Vietnamese people emigrated from the North and settled in the South, bringing different ways of cooking and eating.

Later, Vietnamese cuisine sharply changed and was influenced by the appearance of French and American. Inherited classic recipes from her mother living in those ages, the author suppose that this refined cuisine worth to be preserved and had collected to this Eat Real Vietnamese Food.

With 90 recipes that may not be available elsewhere, this cookbook covers all classic Vietnamese dishes. Presented under the format of “storyboard”, the historical information is put on the left page while the detailed, illustrated step-by-step instructions appear on the right.

Each recipe is divided into two parts: the complete sauces/accompaniments for the dishes preparation section and various needed utensils and ingredients. 

Carrying inside all history information and beautiful recipes, Eat Real Vietnamese Food is enough for anyone who wants to explore Vietnamese culinary.

About the author: The author of this cookbook is Lien Nguyen, a Vietnamese born in Paris. She is trained as an electrical engineer (X-Telecom) in France. After retiring from a career in Silicon Valley, she starts with her passion for food.

Lien Nguyen is the author of numerous cookbooks that blend culinary topics with culture, history, and science. Now she lives in California with her husband and a variable number of family members.

Hometown Flavors: Vietnamese Recipes with Vibrant Origins

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“A book as good to share as the food you’ll make” – Sun

Hometown Flavors is the result of Vi’s work in capturing her family’s recipes, experimenting with modern techniques, and teaching cooking classes for over ten years.

By reading this book, you could immerse yourself in a world of Vietnamese dishes from classic as Banh mi and Pho to modern Vietnamese-inspired cocktails like the Perilla Mojito.

When the Spanish-Indian spice trade came to Vietnam, locals even combine new spices into their dishes. With Vi’s cookbook, you’ll get lost in both the cultural journey and the tastes of Vietnam.

All recipes are simple and straightforward that helps readers get to the complex flavors of Vietnamese cooking without feeling overwhelmed by the cuisine’s difference. Her introduction to each method and the way she breaks down the ingredients and instructions will make people impressive.

About the author: Vi Phuong Tran is a young author who desired to transcribe her grandmother’s recipes into a cookbook selling for foreigners. 

Simply Pho: A Complete Course in Preparing Authentic Vietnamese Meals at Home

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“I love Helen’s YouTube channel and am delighted that the book is written as approachable as her videos. I am a very mediocre cook, but following her instructions is simple, and I’ve gotten some pretty decent results.” – JBW

As you already know, Pho is one of many well-known symbols of Vietnamese culinary. Whether you are preparing pho for yourself or a big family, this cookbook provides all the things you need in one course you are holding in hands.

Helen also shows you how to make fresh pho noodles from scratch, Vietnamese baguettes, dipping sauces, flavored oils, and broth, and aromatics to craft the perfect bowl of pho noodle soup at home.

However, this book does not just stop in instructing you how to cook Pho only. Recipes of Vietnamese favorites such as fresh and crispy spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches and a variety of mi Quang noodle dishes are also mentioned.

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and stunning photos, Simply Pho will bring the mouthwatering and aromatic scents of your favorite Vietnamese restaurant straight to your kitchen! 

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Helen Le. She is the founder/host of Helen’s Recipes, the most famous Vietnamese Cooking Channel on YouTube that helped thousands of home cooks prepare delicious Vietnamese food in the easiest, fastest, and most authentic way. People from all over the world love her recipes for their simplicity and reliability.

Authentic Vietnamese Cookbook: Genuine Vietnamese Recipes for the Entire Family

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“Great book!” – Peter

As shown in its name, Authentic Vietnamese Cookbook of Daniel Humphreys showcases many different ways to prepare seafood, even a distinct Vietnamese specialty, fish with caramel sauce.

For any occasion with your family or unusual events to surprise guests, you could take this book out of the shelf and prepare authentic Vietnamese cooking.

Otherwise, if you want to experience Vietnamese life, there is an abundance of soup dishes for breakfast for you to choose. This book also points out that Vietnamese broths are uniquely rich, thanks to the ubiquitous fish sauce used in daily cooking. Very little oil is used in Vietnamese cuisine and much of it is simply steamed or braised, making it healthy and tasty for everyone.

About the author: The author of this cookbook is Daniel Humphreys, who has worked as a chef for 15 years. His British mother influences his cooking a lot and he hopes to share recipes that make family members see the joy of cooking.

Authentic Vietnamese Cooking: Food from a Family Table

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“One of the best Vietnamese cookbooks in English!” – Chris Husted

To find authentic recipes of one nation culinary, it is most likely to observe the food appeared on the table of a native family. Similarly, in Authentic Vietnamese Cooking, culinary writer and consultant Corinne Trang introduce you to regional Vietnamese cooking pleasures from a family table.

Born and raised in multi-cultures with French mom and Cambodian-born Chinese father living in many places such as Phnom Penh, New York, and Paris, Trang shares more than 100 delicious, authentic Vietnamese recipes designed especially for the home cook.

This book has accurately represented the three distinct culinary regions of Vietnam: the Simple North, the Sophisticated Center, and the Spicy South. The recipes are customized for family meals and special occasions, sauces, marinades, flavored oils, soups, noodle dishes, etc.

In this book, even inexperienced cooks can create such classic dishes with easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes that had been translated from the complex flavors of Vietnamese cuisine by the author.

Sections on essential ingredients, equipment, and techniques are also included with stunning photos. Moreover, Trang even offers sample seasonal menus and a list of mail-order sources and websites for hard-to-find items.

About the Author: Corinne Trang is the author/consultant for several newspapers, including Moneysworth, Bottom Line Personal, City NY, Saveur, and Food & Wine.

She was former producing editor and director of the test kitchen for the award-winning magazine Saveur. Corinne Trang has also prepared and styled food for different cookbooks and television shows. She now lives in New York City.

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Doris Frasier

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