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.