A great book with an awful page design, Vietnamese Home Cooking is one of those books where it pays to persevere.   It’s  not one of those books that shouts “Come on in, the water’s fine!”  It’s more like “Here be dragons! Enter at own risk.”

The type is cramped.  The recipes have a number of nested sub-recipes.  Both recipes and sub-recipes are involved, with lots of mincing, crushing, and deep-frying.  So, the question I asked myself, with every recipe I waded, messily, through, was: is it worth it?  And the answers were, pretty much, YES.

Click here to read today’s review of Vietnamese Home Cooking in the Boston Globe.  (Hit the paywall?  Use this PDF link.)

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