Two of my colleagues in food media framed banh mi in interesting ways this week. Amy Sherman, a smart food writer in the Bay Area and blogger at Cooking with Amy, discussed The Banh Mi Handbook in a roundup of cookbooks that can rescue people from lunch ruts. Whether you have kids to pack lunches for, or are doing it just for yourself, things can get boring. Cue Vietnamese sandwiches.
Amy admitted something that I’ve heard from many folks – why make banh mi when you can get decent ones at a deli or banh mi shop? “But I had to wonder, when I can get a terrific banh mi sandwich for just a couple bucks, would I want to make my own?” she wrote. “The answer is YES because Nguyen goes well beyond what you might find at a Vietnamese sandwich shop. . . . These are sandwiches that will make your mouth water!” Read Amy's short-and-thoughtful review here.