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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.
About the Author
Luke Nguyen was born in 1978 in a Thai refugee camp, shortly after his parents and elder siblings fled Vietnam as boat people. His family eventually settled in Sydney, Australia. Luke is the chef and owner of the award-winning Vietnamese restaurant Red Lantern in Sydney and the coauthor of the bestselling book Secrets of the Red Lantern. Luke also hosts culinary adventure tours of Vietnam and has produced a TV series about Vietnamese food and travel, seen in the United States on the Cooking Channel.