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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lannoo Publishers (Acc) (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 902099784X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9020997842
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Vandenberghe is a passionate traveler, he has visited South-Asia several times and even lived there for a while. He is an expert in Thai food and regularly organizes workshops. His previous title for Lannoo, Bangkok Street Food won the prize 'Best of the World 2011' of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

 

Luk Thys is a photographer, who has already illustrated several cookery books for Lannoo.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vu Huyen Trang on April 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book is beautifully presented with vibrant pictures. It also contains popular street food from Vietnam and Hanoi in particular. I love cooking and enjoy food from around the world so I picked up the book wishing to see the outsider perspectives on Vietnamese food. It was pleasant to find that the writer had spent a lot of time learning about the cuisine and at many levels he seemed to have a good understanding of what is behind each dish.
The way the book is presented with picture and recipe standing side by side is easy to follow and pleasing to the eyes.

Unfortunately, some of the facts are not entirely correct and being a Vietnamese i find it was hard to give the book more credibilities. I wish the writer had a better editor. And I wish he had a better translator during his exploration in Vietnam. You know the book is bad when you could tell there was misunderstanding in translation. One example being : " The word pho refers to the dough( banh Pho) used to make the noodle than to the noodle itself. " ( page 17). Pho, as I know, refers to the noodle dish, banh pho means the dough that can be sliced into the noodle.

There are a lot of avoidable mistakes here and there making the read much less enjoyable that it could potentially be.
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By I. Darren on February 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
For many Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is best known for its food and for its cultural diversity of cuisine that acts as a sort of fusion melting pot for the greater-regions's varying food styles.

Often eating authentic street food - food that the locals themselves eat daily - is the best way to really get the most from a given cuisine. Of course, you can have good and bad experiences - but the same can happen at a top restaurant or hotel.

This book manages a good degree of fusion in its own right: it introduces the reader to typical street food that can be found in Hanoi (and of course around in Vietnam) and also shows them how to make many dishes at home. Many cookbooks focussing on a specific region or food style tend to forget that not every reader is so familiar with every type of food, with the often tragic outcome that they only try the recipes they already know due to "fear of the unknown."

Essentially the book is split into different categories of food - noodles; cakes, breads & doughs; salads, wraps and pouches; rice; shellfish; sweets; dips, dressings and oils and finally drinks. Each section gives a fairly comprehensive primer in a relatively small space about the different food types, their origins, styles and general development. It might feel at times like information overload but the information is of quality and certainly not full of padding.

The recipes themselves are easy to follow, well written and laid out and the photography is of a general high quality, although at times the soft focus, arty-style tends to irritate. It is important to remember that this is not a plain cookbook though so some excuses are begrudgingly given.
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