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Vietnamese Home Cooking

Vietnamese favorites like pho, bánh mi, and green papaya salad might seem out of reach for the home cook, but Charles Phan's Vietnamese Home Cooking ($35) elegantly demystifies the process along every step. Comprehensive sections on procuring the requisite ingredients and maintaining traditional equipment (how to season a clay pot, for example) make it accessible to novices and experts alike, while the recipes that range from the everyday to the truly exotic are sure to get your stomach grumbling for more.