Some cookbooks offer a wonderful way to enjoy an armchair tour of exotic lands half-way around the world and Cameron Stauch’s beautiful newly released “Vegetarian Viet Nam” ( is one of those!

The author offers a comprehensive overview of the country, the history of its cuisine, as well as user-friendly guides and instructions for creating authentic vegetarian dishes from Viet Nam’s restaurants and food stalls right in your own home kitchen. Most of the recipes require special ingredients and a commitment of time, but the results are well worth it. Shake up your spring menus with servings of such Vietnamese specialties as Hot and Sour Tamarind Soup, Palate-Cleansing Pomelo Salad, Rice Porridge with Squash, Kidney Beans and Corn, and Warm Banana Tapioca Coconut Pudding.

Vegetarian Viet Nam by Cameron Stauch — Gotta Love It!