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Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table Hardcover – March 17, 2015
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“Graham Holliday is one of the great gastronauts, a charming and intrepid try-anything explorer who makes the rest of us food writers feel hopelessly inadequate (and woefully underfed). You’d be a fool to delve into Viêt Nam’s spectacular cuisine without him as your guide.”—Peter J. Lindberg, editor at large, Travel & Leisure A journalist takes us on a colorful and spicy gastronomic tour through Viêt Nam in this entertaining, offbeat travel memoir
Growing up in a small town in central England, Graham Holliday wasn’t keen on travel. But in his early twenties, he saw a picture of Hà Nội that sparked his curiosity and propelled him halfway across the globe. An ordinary guy who liked trying interesting food, he moved to the capital city and embarked on a quest to find real Vietnamese food. In Eating Việt Nam, he chronicles his odyssey in this enticing, unfamiliar land infused with sublime smells and tastes.
Funny, charming, and always delicious, Eating Việt Nam will inspire armchair travelers, those with curious palates, and everyone itching for a taste of adventure.
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In any case, this book is a departure from those excellent exploratory missions. It's more of a story about how Graham came to develop the Noodlepie blog, and why. For me - a reader of the blog for years - it's an interesting background story and it may also be very interesting to those not familiar with Noodlepie. It's very well written, engaging, and provides a lot of insight into the cuisine of Vietnam, particularly what makes it so unique and so great.
Unfortunately - and as Graham anticipates in the book - most of the streetside food sellers of downtown Saigon have been pushed off the streets and sidewalks and into storefronts or restaurants if they're to be found anywhere at all. That's a shame - although Vietnamese of my acquaintance think it's a good thing and that ridding the downtown streets of Ma and Pa food carts makes the city more advanced and "sophisticated". Still, on a very recent trip I very much missed the early morning pho carts at the back of the Hotel Rex, and I couldn't find a decent streetside bahn mi anywhere in District 1.Read more ›
I have looked forward to this book since I knew it was coming out. I pre-ordered it and eagerly began reading it on the day of its publication. I read through the first quarter of the book in one sitting, and then finished the rest in short bits, not wanting to get to the end. This is a personal, honest accounting of not only Graham's fascination with the food of Vietnam but also the story of a guy whose curiosity led him from his home in England to Hanoi and Saigon and eventually beyond.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Vietnam, food, travel, or simply those looking to gain a glimpse into the interesting personal journey that led Graham to eventually write this book.
Simply put, Eating Viet Nam is a joy to read.
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At times I was writing down the locations of street vendors to try their pho or other dishes, at other times I was just astonished and grossed out (think bear floating in a vat of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shrewsbury Booklover
I'm obsessed with Vietnamese food. This book saved me from having to spend a ton on getting there. I felt like I was tasting the foods described (and described in a funny and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kari
Love this book. Very well written and fun to follow. I travel to Vietnam on a regular basis for work since I have a team in Saigon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brandon Groussman
Yup my mouth watered while reading this book alright! Loved Holliday's humor and passion. Read it and you'll be ready to book your flight.Published 9 months ago by Gabriela Santis
A completely insane and witty gastronomical exploration of Vietnam and its street foods and vendors. If you like Anthony Bourdain's humor, you will love Graham Holliday.Published 10 months ago by BD
If you are a foodie, or simply like to travel, AND have the stomach for it, get ready for a vivid ride into the streets of Vietnam. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert
I'm a "foodie" and an avid traveler so I was pretty excited about this book. I'd have to say that Holliday did an amazing job in capturing the sense of what it's like to be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Theodore Ho
Maybe this book deserves a single star because it made me ferociously hungry for Vietnamese food and living in central Africa means that I'm at least 5,000 miles from the nearest... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. huckaby