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Andrea Nguyen Collection

Collection curated by Vietnamese cookbook author and educator Andrea Nguyen

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Andrea Nguyen is a James Beard Award–winning cookbook author, culinary superstar, teacher and longtime friend. She worked with us to curate this collection of her favorite Vietnamese spices.

The 6-spice collection includes:

Purple Stripe Garlic (3.0 oz glass jar) "I never thought I’d advocate for garlic powder until I met this one, and I’m not saying that simply because we are both VietnameseIt provides pungent depth."
Smoked Star Anise (0.5 oz glass jar) "This star anise lends a deep pungent note that faintly echoes smoked cardamom, and it's incredibly beautiful too."
Buffalo Ginger (1.8 oz glass jar) "The best ground ginger available. Its sweet heat is incomparable."
Five Spice (1.8 oz glass jar) "Sweet, savory and not medicinal like many similar blends, this plays well with other ingredients to create synergy."
Drumstick Lemongrass (1.8 oz glass jar) "Handy for casual marinades for pork and chicken -- when I don't want to chop up fresh. Add it to a Madras-style curry powder blend for seasoning popcorn."
Robusta Black Peppercorns (2.2 oz glass jar) "This is a robust pepper but it’s not hit-you-over-the-head hot. It’s complex and nuanced. It’s been my house peppercorn for years."

Author photo: © Rory O’Brien




Andrea Nguyen is one of the country’s leading voices on Asian cuisine and is living out her childhood dream of being an award-winning writer, editor, teacher, and consultant. Her impactful books — Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, Asian Dumplings, Asian Tofu, The Banh Mi Handbook, The Pho Cookbook and Vietnamese Food Any Day — have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and National Public Radio for their excellence. Andrea is also the winner of the 2020 International Association of Culinary Professionals Member of the Year award.

She edited Unforgettable, a biography cookbook about culinary icon Paula Wolfert. Andrea has contributed to many publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Lucky Peach, Saveur, and Cooking Light. Her engaging and knowledgeable writing on cuisine and culture has attracted a loyal and well-deserved readership that actively follows her blog, Andrea lives in Santa Cruz, California.

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?



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