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review 2017-10-29 09:18
Simply Pho: A Complete Course in Preparing Authentic Vietnamese Meals at Home - Helen Le

There are some magical dishes on this planet and pho is definitely one of them.A very tasteful and savoury broth served with fragrant "toppings"such as rice noodles,bean sprouts,fresh herbs, lime juice,sliced chillies,spring onions...and so much more.You just know it is going to taste fabulous.

So this a cookbook about pho,but not just pho.There are also recipes for several different spring rolls,crispy roasted porc,noodle dishes,vegetarian(and vegan)alternatives,condiments and not to forget, the famous Vietnamese sandwich,bánh mì.

The recipes are not unduly complicated and therefore well within everybody's reach.Of course you'll need many different ingredients but then Asian cuisine, in general, tends to use just more than pepper and salt.  

As for the photographs, they are really mouth watering and just cry out:try me!

Very well, pho is on the menu next week !

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review 2017-10-23 21:35
Fix, Freeze, Feast!
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family - Kati Neville,Lindsay Tkacsik

I know what I am planning to do on my next day off!!  I'll be headed to the warehouse store to pick up supplies and making myself some meals for busy days.

 

Sweet Asian Chicken.

Tequila-Lime Chicken.

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry.

Urban Garlic Chicken.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs.

Ginger Beef.

Margarita Pork Chops.

Raging Garlic Pork Stir-Fry.

 

Each recipes makes 3-4 frozen meals.  Just remove from the freezer the night before and they are ready to go when you get home from work.

 

Yah, baby!

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text 2017-09-24 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Vegetarian Viet Nam - Cameron Stauch

I'm not sure about this right now. This is a spouse of a diplomate living in Vietnam. He is not a native, he's a Canadian chef not even a vegetarian but an observer. I lived near Little Saigon in CA for many years and wanted authentic flavors like I got there. I hope he sticks to traditional flavors as much as possible.

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review 2017-08-29 03:40
Book 47/100: Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Sullivan Morford
Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love - Katie Sullivan Morford

I found out about this book while reading a review of "Beating the Lunch Box Blues," and since I enjoyed that one, I gave this one a read, too.

This is a more traditional "cookbook" in that it actually has lunch recipes in it, but its approach is similar. The recipes are simple and would satisfy a diverse palate -- again, I perused this for ideas for my husband's lunches, not for kids, and there's plenty here for adults to enjoy. None of the "recipes" has more than 10 ingredients or so, and most of them only have about 5. This book is also a little more health and budget-conscious than "Lunch Box Blues." Taken together, there's lots of inspiration to be had for lunches, whether for school, work, or the occasional picnic!

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review 2017-08-14 23:57
Book 45/100: Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! (Rachael Ray Books) - J. M. Hirsch

All I can say is, man, I wish J.M. Hirsch packed MY lunches.

Instead, he wrote a photo-heavy book so you can pack your own lunches the way he would do it. I was surprised that this is not a "cookbook" in that it does not have any actual recipes. Instead, it's full of photos of lunches with little notations about what's in the lunchbox so that you can duplicate it on your own and give it your own style. So it's really more a book of "ideas," which, once I got over it not being a traditional cookbook, I found that I liked, since I was mostly looking for ideas, anyway.

However, I don't believe for a moment that these lunches actually only take 10 minutes to put together. Still, if you're looking for some drool-worthy inspiration to make lunches for yourself or someone else, this book is a fun place to start. No need to have school-aged kids to enjoy it, either -- I looked for ideas for lunches for my husband, and most of the ideas are sophisticated enough to appeal to an adult palate.

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