It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that Vietnamese cookbooks make up a fair share of my cookbook collection. I've been collecting them for decades, gleaning them not just for recipes and techniques, but also social history. That’s how I justify owning books written in English, Vietnamese, French, Chinese, and Japanese. (I can barely read Chinese characters and forget about Japanese!)
Part of the original VWK website constructed in 2002 was a page with short recaps of English-language Vietnamese cookbooks that I owned. I pulled down the page when I switched to a blog format in 2007 because I didn’t think people were all that interested. No one seemed to notice until this year. Rick from the UK and another gal emailed about the list. “Where did it go? Would you publish it again?” they asked.
I put their request on my to-do list and finally had time to work on it over the weekend. Here it is, with Vietnamese cookbooks that date back to 1968! I’ll try to keep this list updated as I review more Viet cookbooks so bookmark this page. Or, return to VWK and search for “Vietnamese cookbooks.” Hang on to your hat, this is a long list.