Ever-Green Vietnamese: Super-Fresh Recipes, Starring Plants from Land and Sea

Ten Speed: Crown. Apr. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781984859853. $35. COOKING
Following a health scare, Nguyen (Vietnamese Food Any Day) turned her attention to plant-based dishes to get her health back on track and to feel better. Looking to her Vietnamese heritage and the foods that she is most familiar with, she began to focus on vegetables and reconstructed her favorite Vietnamese dishes. The result is over 125 recipes that have either no or minimal animal protein. Most of the cooking techniques featured here are pressure cooking, oven frying, and air frying for faster and healthier results. The recipes include sauces, noodle soups, side and main dishes, as well as desserts. Along with the recipes, Nguyen includes sidebars with detailed instructions and photos of tasks such as rolling rice paper and using lemongrass. Rice is a major focus, and recipes include Hainan-style crispy tofu and rice and shiitake-cauliflower steamed rice rolls. A chapter is devoted to banh mi, a light, crispy baguette that is used in many Vietnamese dishes, followed by recipes for lettuce wraps, a deconstructed vegan banh mi, and more.
VERDICT Detailed instructions and tantalizing recipes make this an excellent book for those wanting to incorporate plant-based options in Vietnamese cooking.
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