The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches

Ten Speed: Crown. Jul. 2014. 132p. photos. index. ISBN 9781607745334. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781607745341. COOKING
Nguyen's previous cookbooks—Asian Tofu; Asian Dumplings; Into the Vietnamese Kitchen—won accolades from the James Beard Foundation, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and notable cooking publications. Here, she demonstrates an infectious passion for the banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich with mid-century origins that's become a mainstay of trendy food trucks and Asian sub shops. Her treatment of its principal components—bread, sauces, pickles, cold cuts, pâtés—is detailed and varied, and she's careful to explain the purpose of ingredients and techniques (like the crushed vitamin C tablet in her homemade rolls).
VERDICT Best for meat eaters, this book empowers readers to make hundreds of standout sandwich combinations.
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