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The Bahn Mi Handbook - 5/5

What’s not to like about this cookbook?!

This book by Andrea Nguyen takes an in-depth look at Bahn Mi and the many delicious variations that are possible.  From homemade rolls and buns to flavorful sauces and sandwich toppings, Nguyen’s recipes are easy-to-follow and diverse.  Perhaps most importantly, the recipes seem super adaptable to other meals and dishes besides bahn mi.

I’m a sucker for a cook book with a lot of pictures, and The Bahn Mi Handbook certainly fulfills that requirement.  The photography is gorgeous, and will make you want to try out each recipe.

Nguyen is an acclaimed food writer, and it’s clear in this book that she knows what she’s doing.  You’ll want to run to the grocery store immediately so that you can follow along!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Review: Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink


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Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink is a cookbook with a focus on eating in-season produce.

This book is beautifully designed. There are a generous number of photos accompanying the recipes, which is one of the top things I look for in a cookbook.  Hasselbrink’s recipes sometimes take expected seasonal produce, like berries and tomatoes for summer, and allow those everyday items to shine in their own dishes.

However, I was disappointed to find that many of the recipes are for salads. More than I liked. Perhaps that is to be expected in a cookbook which focuses on produce, but I rarely look up recipes for salads, as those are the sorts of meals I can easily throw together myself.

— 3/5

**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.**

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