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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762773944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773947
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.8 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From zesterdaily.com:

Whenever I yearn to jet off to an exotic locale or simply want a way to spice up my dinner menu, I reach for Luke Nguyen’s My Vietnam. Part travel narrative and part cookbook, this colorful tome takes readers on a culinary and cultural journey through Vietnam. Along the way we discover the magic behind the country’s fresh, aromatic cuisine and learn how to create over 100 authentic, regional dishes. We also find out how diverse and charming this lush, Southeast Asian nation can be. A Vietnamese chef, restaurant owner and Cooking Channel host, Nguyen uses My Vietnam to detail his trip through his parents’ homeland. As he proceeds from North through South Vietnam, he examines nine specific destinations and one region, the Mekong Delta. Throughout the book, gorgeous color photographs enliven and illustrate Nguyen’s stories and dishes. Flip through its pages and you end up feeling as though you, too, are trekking through Vietnam. So superb are many of the photos that I could easily classify My Vietnam as a coffee table book. Yet, while the pictures may be stunning, the food and anecdotes are even more so. … Inspiring and intriguing, My Vietnam provides the ideal antidote to tired mealtime menus and burning wanderlust.

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Luke Nguyen, chef and coauthor of the internationally bestselling book Secrets of the Red Lantern, returns home to discover the best of regional Vietnamese cooking. In My Vietnam he takes a personal and culinary tour to learn more about one of the richest, most diverse cuisines in the world.

Starting in the north of Vietnam and ending in the south, Luke visits his family and friends, is invited into the homes of local Vietnamese families, and meets food experts and local cooks. Accompanying his stories are more than 100 regional and family recipes—from Tamarind Broth with Beef and Water Spinach to Wok-tossed Crab in Sate Sauce—and vibrant, stunning photographs. Together these capture the beauty of Vietnam and her people’s deep connection to food.

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I cannot wait to receive a copy of this book, and try out the recipes.
Desi Girl
I loved his show, and the book was beautiful, full of interesting stories and great recipes.
Barbara Shaver
Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for an authentic Vietnamese cookbook.
Mikenna

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Gallaher on August 18, 2011
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I already love this book. The graphics, the topography, the photographs are all gorgeous. It is part travelogue, part autobiography, and part cookbook.

There is the odd unusual ingredient (that you can usually substitute or omit) but for the most part if you have an Asian store nearby you can do these recipes. They are not overly complex as sometimes happens when the author is a professional chef - these are recipes of his family and of local markets, restaurants, and hawkers.

Vietnamese food is a relatively new thing in the US since most immigrants arrived in 1975 or latter - but it is well worth seeking out. It is not Thai, it is not Chinese, it is not French - although there are influences of all three - Vietnamese cuisine is it's own wonderful thing.

If you want to get inside Vietnam, see some country side, see how the people live, and taste how they eat you will enjoy this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trang on April 16, 2012
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I am Vietnamese and I love this book. I bought this book for my sister too; my brother looked at it and immediately tried to order the Kindle version (there is none). So I promised him I 'll order one for his belated birthday present. I tried out several of the recipes for my siblings and we loved them all. The banana cake we had done about 3 times in one week because we were so impressed with it, we made it again to share among us and to bring to a potluck. I made the imperial clear dumplings and was amazed at how easy it was. I had not made them in 20 years because I was afraid of the hot dough (my old recipe). His recipe said to rest the dough for 15 minutes, wow, no burnt hands this time. I made two of the sauces, the dipping fish sauce, and the lemon fishsauce. They were both right on. The lotus stem salad was so good and simple to make. In one meal I made 4 of his recipes: the loofa soup, lotus stem salad, shrimps with pork belly, and banana cake. I was so proud of myself. I am actually making Vietnamese food from a cookbook, no guessing and repeated tasting.
The book has great personal stories from Luke Nguyen that all of us find fascinating. I wish there were more pictures in this book, but the pictures he did have in them were wonderful. So far I have bought 4 copies of this book, 3 for my 3 siblings, 1 for me. I am so happy to finally find a book that I can be proud to display as a coffee table book and use it for cooking as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mikenna on December 24, 2011
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I'm Vietnamese so am very picky when I purchase cook books. I normally do a quick flip through the book and look at the recipes and ingredients to determine the authenticity of the recipes. Luke's recipes are very authentic easily seen by the simplicity of preparation and the ingredients that go into them. I enjoyed his previous book "Red Lantern" and this book is excellent as well. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for an authentic Vietnamese cookbook. His stories are also very heartwarming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MB129 on December 30, 2011
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I purchased this as a gift for my boyfriend, who loves to cook with fresh ingredients. He absolutely LOVES the stories, photographs, and most of all, the authentic, delicious recipes included in this volume. I can't wait to see which dish he wants to try next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TOM TUCKER on February 28, 2013
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This is a beautiful book, over an inch thick, with great receipes and great pictures.
Very well done. It was a birthday present for my wife and she loves it.
Tom T
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C David on February 13, 2013
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Lovely stores with beautiful pictures and recipes . A real must for your kitchen library for anyone into cooking authentic foods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desi Girl on February 11, 2013
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Being married to Vietnamese for almost 25 yrs, and my love of cooking has me collecting as many authentic Vietnamese cookbooks as I could possibly get my hands on. I first started to learn to cook Vietnamese food from my mom in-law. She was a great cook! I have been lucky to learn recipes from her that are passed down from generation to generation. I am hoping that this book will enhance my cooking skills, and teach me few more new recipes that I can add to our family menu. I cannot wait to receive a copy of this book, and try out the recipes. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LePandaCaledonien on December 7, 2012
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It has just been translated into french in oct. 2012. What a delightful story ! This book gives a marvellous account of the Vietnamese Cuisine. French influence : YES BUT Vietnamese Cuisine. J'adore ! A Caledonian Panda, now livin' in Paris. Have a g'day !
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