Best Vietnamese Cookbooks of 2019

Vietnamese food is a delicious cuisine to add to any regular diet that you eat now. Whether you are Vietnamese yourself and want to learn recipes from other people in your culture, or you’re just someone who wants to try food from a new cuisine out – a Vietnamese cookbook is exactly what you need.

Vietnamese food is known for tasting fresh and delicious. The recipes are also relatively simple to make compared to other complex recipes. Many of the ingredients in these Vietnamese cookbooks are easy to find at your local grocery store. Be prepared to buy a lot of fresh food!
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With all the Vietnamese cookbooks out there, we wanted to provide you with a list of the best and well-known ones. These cookbooks have all been tested for their mouth-watering recipes and we’re positive you’ll be drawn to at least one of them, but likely all of them!

11 Best Vietnamese Cookbooks

  1. Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors

This cookbook contains a carefully selected collection of over 175 true Vietnamese recipes. Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors is written by Andrea Nguyen. A bit of backstory into the author and creation of this book: In 1975, Nguyen’s family was airlifted out of South Vietnam. The family was barely able to bring anything, but one important thing her mom packed was her little orange notebook full of traditional recipes. 30 years later, Nguyen took inspiration from her mother’s little recipe notebook and created this intimate cookbook.

The recipes in this cookbook are extremely fresh and full of flavor. They’re both simple and sophisticated at the same time. The book is 352 pages and hardcover. In addition to the recipes, the book also contains history about Vietnamese cuisine. Underneath the English name of each recipe, there’s a Vietnamese translation. The headnotes of this cookbook are always full of useful and thoughtful tips and touches. There’s also a section where Nguyen helps readers prepare all the essential and fundamental ingredients they’ll need for recipes throughout this book.

Some of the recipes included in this cookbook are Chicken Dumpling and Chrysanthemum Leaf Soup, Grilled Bananas with Coconut Sticky Rice and Lemongrass Ice Cream, Beef and Jicama Hand Rolls, and so much more. Even by the names of these three recipes, you can already tell how beautifully written and unique each of the recipes are. There are recipes for desserts, soups, poultry, noodles, fish, sauces, pork, and more!

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

This incredible handbook is written by the same author as the above recipe book featured – Andrea Nguyen. If you’re a sandwich lover of any kind, this book is a must-have. The recipe book features 50 mouthwatering sandwich recipes within its 132 pages. Some are classic, while others are extremely creative and modern.

If you don’t know what banh mi is, it’s a mixture of pâté and bread. It has the texture of a crisp baguette, it’s stuffed with delicious fillings, and it’s topped with tangy ingredients such as pickled daikon and carrots.

Some sandwich recipes from this book include Shrimp in Caramel Sauce, Crispy Drunken Chicken, Coconut Curry Tofu and Lettuce Wrap Banh Mi. If you make any of the recipes from this handbook, you’ll be bringing the best Vietnamese street food into your very own kitchen.

  1. Vietnamese Home Cooking

The author of this book is award-winning chef Charles Phan. He opened his legendary restaurant called The Slanted Door in 1995. He introduced hundreds of Americans to the world of authentic Vietnamese food. One of Phan’s goals is to make Vietnamese cooking as easy and understandable as any other cuisine, whether that’s American, Italian or French. This cookbook focuses on the core techniques and fundamental ingredients of Vietnamese cooking. It’s 256 pages long and packed full of knowledge.

Some of the recipes included in Vietnamese Home Cooking are Tender Steamed Dumplings, Meaty Lemongrass Beef Stew, and Sichuan Cucumber Pickles. The author even goes into detail about how to choose kitchen equipment. Topics discussed include choosing the perfect wok and how to season the clay pot. This cookbook has a personal touch because the author includes many of his personal stories. He talks about his experience going from being a refugee to opening up his own restaurant and releasing a successful cookbook. It’s an absolute must-have for anyone who is interested in Vietnamese culture and cuisine.

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

This recipe book was written by chef Mai Pham. She knows that Vietnamese food is intriguing to so many who have never tried it before. She thought of the perfect solution for people who are interested in Vietnamese food but might never have a chance to visit Vietnam – an authentic cookbook!

Pham was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. Once she was an adult, she came to the United States of America. She often goes back to visit her homeland to learn even more about authentic Vietnamese cooking techniques. She visits a variety of regions gathering a diverse range of recipes. Some of these recipes include Pho, Green Mango Salad with Grilled Beef, and Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Chilies.

This book is packed full of culinary creations, 100 recipes to be exact. The recipes are alongside stories from Vietnam and stunning black-and-white photos of the country, showing how the people of Vietnam lived. The 242 pages of this book will make you feel like you’re actually in the incredible country.

  1. Vietnamese Street Food

Vietnamese Street Food is so tasty that anyone will tell you it deserves an entire cookbook to itself. Thankfully, there is one! This paperback 208-page cookbook was written by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl. The street food in Vietnam is diverse, tasty, affordable, and easily available. There are so many people who travel to Vietnam purely for the food.

Making any of the recipes from this cookbook gives you an insiders-view of Vietnam. There are over 60 recipes that are loved and well-known throughout the country. The recipes range from prawn rice paper rolls to peanut-studded rice balls that students love. Each dish is followed by a stunning photograph to really bring it to life. If you love cooking and love learning about new cultures too, this is the perfect book for you. It’s sure to satisfy any foodie and/or armchair traveller.

  1. My Vietnam: Stories And Recipes

At 344 pages, this is the most thorough book we’ve included in this list so far. It contains over 100 recipes from the best-selling author Luke Nguyen. He’s also a cooking channel host. In My Vietnam, Nguyen returns back home to Vietnam to delve deeper into Vietnamese cooking. He starts in the North part of Vietnam, then ends in the south. He visits family and friends on his journey and also makes new friends with the locals along the way. He learns from local cooks and food experts to soak in all the information he can about Vietnamese cuisine.

Just a couple recipes out of the 100 in this book include Wok-tossed Crab in State Sauce and Tamarind Broth with Beef and Water Spinach. There is a recipe in this book for every single person, whether they are a fan of Vietnamese food or not. The book includes full-color photographs that truly capture the beauty of this country. The book does a wonderful job of capturing the people of Vietnam and how deeply connected they are to the food, which is part of what makes it one of the most popular cuisines.

  1. Wild, Wild East: Recipes and Stories from Vietnam

Wild, Wild East is similar to My Vietnam in the way that the book includes both stories and recipes from Vietnam. This 224-page hardcover book was written by chef Bobby Chin. He describes Vietnamese food as light, healthy, fresh, clean, and diverse. He combines his text and 100 delicious recipes with photographs from Jason Lowe. Lowe provides breathtaking photos of the markets, kitchens, food, and people of Vietnam.

A few of the recipes included in this cookbook are Stir-fried Noodles and Beef, Pan Roasted Salmon and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Braised Banana Blossoms, and Minced Prawns on Sugar Cane. In addition to main dishes and entrees, the book also features delicious desserts and fresh salads. The photos in this book go above and beyond the 100 recipes provided because there are 200 full-color photos in total to marvel at.

  1. Quick & Easy Vietnamese: 75 Everyday Recipes

This paperback recipe book was written by Nancie McDermott. There are 168 pages for 75 delicious recipes. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate cook, there are recipes in here for everyone. Quick & Easy Vietnamese does an incredible job of showing the full spectrum of Vietnamese cooking. It includes recipes of snacks, main dishes, soups, seafood, grilled meats, noodles and more.

Some of the delectable dishes included in this Vietnamese cookbook include Creamy Chicken Curry with Zesty Lime Juice, Fried Fish with a Pineapple-Chili Sauce, Shaking Beef with Purple Onion and Watercress, Sweet Coconut Ribbons for dessert, and more

  1. Lemongrass and Lime: New Vietnamese Cooking

First of all, what a beautiful name for a cookbook. Lemongrass and Lime is known for having modern Vietnamese recipes. The 191 hardcover book was written by Mark Read. He lives in London, England. There are traditional dishes in this cookbook and also his own special Vietnamese recipes that he’s created.

Some of the recipes include Sour Green Mango Salad, Crispy Quail with Watercress, Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Crispy Cabbage and Sesame Soy Dressing, and for dessert, Lemongrass Mousse. There’s a mixture of main dishes, sides, and decadent desserts. The author also includes a section about food traditions in Vietnam along with a detailed guide to all the most popular Vietnamese ingredients. With over 70 recipes, you’ll be a pro in making delicious Vietnamese dishes in no time.

  1. The Vietnamese Cookbook (Capital Lifestyles)

The Vietnamese Cookbook was written by Diana My Tran. She’s an incredible cook and creates many complex and rich Vietnamese dishes. Diana left Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975. With her, she brought her Vietnamese cooking skills. Diana realizes that not everyone has the time or patience to make extremely complex recipes, so she tailored all of them to something that anyone could do in their day-to-day life. The recipes are all simple and quick to make, whether you’re a beginner or intermediate cook.

This cookbook has recipes for salads, meats, rice, vegetables, and seafood. She even includes a section on beverage recipes. The recipes in this cookbook are not only extremely tasty, they’re great for your health too. Truly a win-win! Each simple recipe is paired with gorgeous photos of life in Vietnam by Steve Raymer. This paperback cookbook is 120 pages so it won’t take up too much space in your bookshelf.

  1. A Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Family Recipes

This 181-page hardcover Vietnamese cookbook was written by Ha Roda. This book is a collection of her best authentic family recipes. There are many pho recipes in here along with traditional recipes such as Beef Noodle Soup and spring rolls. In addition to savory recipes, there are also decadent and unique desserts like banana coconut pudding.

Even though all the recipes in this book are Vietnamese, they were specifically created for the American kitchen. In this cookbook, Roda also includes some information about Vietnamese culture. She even includes a glossary for all of the most popular culinary terms of Vietnam. This is such a helpful resource, and she’s one of the first Vietnamese authors we’ve seen do this.


We hope this thorough list of the best Vietnamese cookbooks got you in the mood to explore at least some of the hundreds of recipes from these cookbooks. Vietnamese cuisine is something that should be explored and tasted by everybody. Anyone who isn’t familiar with this culture of cooking is missing out! Maybe you can show them that through some of the recipes in these works of art (cookbooks). Happy Vietnamese cooking!

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