The PHO Cookbook : Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles
by Andrea Nguyen

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Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for "Single Subject" category

With this comprehensive cookbook, Vietnam's most beloved, aromatic comfort food--the broth and noodle soup known as pho--is now within your reach.  Read more...

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Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for "Single Subject" category

With this comprehensive cookbook, Vietnam's most beloved, aromatic comfort food--the broth and noodle soup known as pho--is now within your reach.

Author Andrea Nguyen first tasted pho in Vietnam as a child, sitting at a Saigon street stall with her parents. That experience sparked a lifelong love of the iconic noodle soup, long before it became a cult food item in the United States.

Here Andrea dives deep into pho's lively past, visiting its birthplace and then teaching you how to successfully make it at home. Options range from quick weeknight cheats to impressive weekend feasts with broth and condiments from scratch, as well as other pho rice noodle favorites. Over fifty versatile recipes, including snacks, salads, companion dishes, and vegetarian and gluten-free options, welcome everyone to the pho table.

With a thoughtful guide on ingredients and techniques, plus evocative location photography and deep historical knowledge, The Pho Cookbook enables you to make this comforting classic your own.

  • ISBN-13: 9781607749585
  • ISBN-10: 1607749580
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 168
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds

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Books > Cooking > Regional & Ethnic - Vietnamese
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Cooking: One-pan wonders

Molly Gilbert is a fervent believer in the power of one—one pan, that is. In her first cookbook, Sheet Pan Suppers, she showed us the practical pleasures of cooking an entire meal on a sheet pan. Now, in slightly more expansive mode, Gilbert moves on. One Pan & Done also includes trusted kitchen allies such as a Dutch oven, a seasoned skillet, a glass baking dish, muffin tins and loaf pans. Her goal here is the same—to offer a sensible, simple and satisfying selection of fuss-free, hands-off recipes and meals brought from oven to table in one pan or pot. In other words, maximum ease, minimal cleanup and heady, oven-induced flavors—who wouldn’t want that? Make Herby Egg & Blue Cheese Soufflés in a muffin tin for breakfast and Apple Slice Tuna Melts on a sheet pan for lunch. Need an elegant appetizer? Artichoke Gratin in a cast-iron skillet is the answer. Portobello & Black Bean Chili in a Dutch oven is a wonderful vegetarian main. Omnivores can feast on Turkey Parm Meatballs with Polenta and Seared Steak with Balsamic Burst Tomatoes. For a sweet finale, go for the Skillet Brownie Sundae. There’s nothing to lose but muss and fuss. 

Getting into the pho spirit may be just the thing for the winter doldrums. Pho, a delicious combination of clear broth, rice noodles, meat and an array of garnishes, is the signature dish of Vietnam and its most beloved culinary export. Its origins are uncertain, but, as Andrea Nguyen, the author of The Pho Cookbook, says, “it was genius make-do cooking” that’s ever-evolving and attracting more and more fans. With Nguyen’s assistance, you can make comforting, steamy pho in your own kitchen. She begins with foundational recipes, from Quick Chicken Pho to Saigon-Style Beef Pho, and then encourages you to experiment. Try Chicken Pho Noodle Salad or Pho Fried Rice. Jazz up your pho bowls with Beef Meatballs, Pan-Seared Tofu, goodies from a Garnish Plate, Homemade Hoisin Sauce and zippy Ginger Dipping Sauce. Then add a few “sidekicks” like Cashew, Coconut and Cabbage Salad or Pickled Bean Sprouts. Go pho it!

Chocolate Whoopie Hearts for Valentine’s Day, Irish Whiskey Brownies for St. Patrick’s Day, orange-scented Bunny Buns for Easter, Dark Chocolate Cherry Loaf to welcome new neighbors, almond-tipped Witchy Fingers for Halloween, a truly wonderful (and edible) Christmas fruitcake . . . these are only a few of the irresistible treasures in Butter Celebrates! Delicious Recipes for Special Occasions, Rosie Daykin’s lusciously illustrated new collection of over 100 recipes from Butter Baked Goods, her successful Vancouver bakery. Passionate about baking since she was a small girl, Daykin is also passionate about celebrations and the baked goods that enrich them. Whether you decide to bake the eccentrically elaborate Double Decker Éclairs or the stress-free Strawberry Basil Galette, Daykin’s directions are thorough and supportive—exactly what you need for a triumph every time.


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