The Red Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook Review
|Title:||The Red Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from the Family Behind the Purest Fish Sauce|
|Author:||Cuong Pham, Tien Nguyen, Diep Tran|
|Published:||October 26, 2021, Mariner Books|
|No. of Pages:||320|
|Cover Price:||$25.00 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle|
A lot of people don’t realize that a cookbook written by a company to promote their products is usually excellent because the company wants to make sure its customers continue to use their products in dishes they love. It’s an easy concept, but it works. One of the best examples of this is The Red Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook: Beloved Recipes from the Family Behind the Purest Fish Sauce by Cuong Pham, Tien Nguyen, and Diep Tran. This excellent cookbook contains family recipes, mostly, but not all, Vietnamese, using a premium brand of fish sauce which is essential to both Vietnamese and Thai cooking.
This cookbook is reader friendly. Not only are there dozens of mouthwatering recipes, but fascinating stories and vignettes from the author about his life, family, and the recipes. The book is colorful and includes (certainly not enough) beautiful photographs of some of the dishes. Some dishes are a little involved, but most are fairly quick and easy for home cooks. If readers don’t have an “Asian stash” (ingredients used to make Asian dishes that aren’t always available in regular grocery stores), it is a good idea to go to your best Asian grocery and pick them up. Most have long shelf lives, and once readers start trying the recipes, will find these ingredients invaluable and will be able to avoid a special trip to the Asian market every time they want to make a dish. .
The authors have included a variety of recipes that Asian food lovers will definitely want to make. Plenty of rice and noodle dishes, and plenty of dishes using seafood, poultry, beef, and pork. Included are soups and stir fries, sandwiches and appetizers, as well as basics and sauces.
Anyone who knows the importance of fish sauce in their Vietnamese and Thai dishes, will want a copy of this book. Highly recommended.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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