Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen
A signed edition by Andrea Nguyen, the O.G. Vietnamese food advocate in the US. This is her sixth cookbook and possibly her boldest. Don't let the humble title fool you, this book is a powerful resource for all cooks. It enables anyone to cook Vietnamese food using widely available ingredients. Like the best teachers, she sets you up for success.
Andrea provides easy-going guidance to novice cooks while offering genius hacks and shortcuts to the more experienced. In addition, she gives historical and cultural context for the Viet dishes, noting that "authenticity" should not be so precious. In fact, it is likely to morph due real life challenges, such as the ones faced by Vietnamese refugees shopping in US supermarkets during 1970's. An engaging, useful cookbook - one that could make Viet food a part of the everyday American table.
It has become the most reached for book in our kitchen.