VIETNAMESE FOOD ANY DAY: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors by Vietnamese cookbook writer Andrea Nguyen is a lovely easy journey towards learning about the intense flavors of this light and delicious culinary style.  The ingredients are easy-to-find, and the recipes are a cinch to follow.  Standouts include: honey-hoisin roast chicken and vegetables; shrimp in coconut caramel sauce; crispy caramelized pork crumbles; curry-scented grilled beef lettuce wraps; and banana-coconut bread-pudding cake.

HUSBANDS THAT COOK: More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes and Tales From Our Tiny Kitchen by the creators of the travel-inspired popular cooking blog Husbands That Cook, Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin is a wonderful exploration into plant-based cooking.    The recipes are creative, easy-to-prepare, and full of interesting tips and notes about the husbands travels.  The book is a fun read as well as a successful entrée into vegetarian cuisine.  Favorites include: spicy udon noodle soup with tofu; summer caprese with grilled peaches; sweet potato gnocchi with browned butter sage sauce; moo shu vegetable lettuce wraps with peanut sauce; Spanish tortilla; and molten peanut butter chocolate cakes.

CLODAGH’S SUPPERS: Suppers to Celebrate the Seasons by Irish chef Clodagh McKenna, is a cookbook about casual weeknight dinners.  Using her trademark tips, Clodagh offers ideas for how to create a menu; 120 recipes to carry out those menus; and ideas for easy nibbles, simple cocktails, and even edible gifts to ensure a successful evening.  Recipes include watercress soup with rosemary and toasted pine nuts; roast butterflied lamb with salsa verde; salmon fish cakes with horseradish cream; pork tenderloin filled with butternut squash and hazelnuts served with mashed celery root; and plum pudding ice cream.


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