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The Ruby’s Cookbook Club is a combination potluck and book club. Each month, we’ll discuss a new cookbook. Participants should cook a dish from the book (at least 6 servings).

This month, we'll be cooking from and discussing Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors by Andrea Nguyen. The author, Andrea Nguyen, will be joining us!

PLEASE NOTE: Cookbooks are free for Ruby cookbook club participants. If you are not ultimately able to attend the potluck, you will be charged $22 for the book.

About Vietnamese Food Any Day

Delicious, fresh Vietnamese food is achievable any night of the week with this cookbook's 80 accessible, easy recipes.

Drawing on decades of experience, as well as the cooking hacks her mom adopted after fleeing from Vietnam to America, award-winning author Andrea Nguyen shows you how to use easy-to-find ingredients to create true Vietnamese flavors at home—fast. With Nguyen as your guide, there’s no need to take a trip to a specialty grocer for favorites such as banh mi, rice paper rolls, and pho, as well as recipes for Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets, Chile Garlic Chicken Wings, Vibrant Turmeric Coconut Rice, and No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream. Nguyen’s tips and tricks for creating Viet food from ingredients at national supermarkets are indispensable, liberating home cooks and making everyday cooking easier.

About Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen is an award-wining author, editor, teacher and consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Vietnam, she came to the United States at the age of six. Her first book publication was "Trip to Freedom," a short children's book on how her family came to America. Andrea's food writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Rachel Ray Everyday, Sunset, and Cooking Light, where she has been a columnist since fall 2017.

Her first cookbook, "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" was nominated for three 2007 James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook awards. "Asian Dumplings" was her second cookbook with award-winning publisher Ten Speed Press. In March 2012, Cooking Light magazine selected both books for their Best 100 Cookbooks of the Past 25 Years award. Andrea's works comprised two of the seven cookbooks in the Asian category.

Andrea's third cookbook, "Asian Tofu" (2012) is an exciting work loaded with techniques and recipes, as well as personal stories of artisans, cooks, and chefs for whom tofu is a vital part of their lives; the book was a finalist for a 2013 IACP award. To bring Vietnamese food to a mainstream audience, Andrea wrote "The Banh Mi Handbook" (2014), which National Public Radio named one of the best cookbooks of the year. 

Her latest work, "The Pho Cookbook" (2017) and won a 2018 James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence and also recognized by IACP and NPR as one of the best single subject books. It's pho-nomenal that people are getting into the pho spirit!

She also edited "Unforgettable", biography cookbook by culinary legend Paula Wolfert. The unique IACP award-winning book was crowdfunded via Kickstarter and published in April 2017. A new edition releases in October 2017 from Grand Central Life & Style. 

Andrea's new book, "Vietnamese Food Any Day", comes out on February 5, 2019!

Regardless of topic, Andrea unlocks the cuisines of Asia for home cooks to explore, master, and savor.