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"This gorgeous coffee table-worthy cookbook from the dashing Australian chef and host of Cooking Channel's "Passport To Asian" strikes the perfect balance between beauty and brains. The National Geographic-style color photos are visually breathtaking and the interesting-but-doable recipes will have your travel hound friends reaching for their passports, with a slight detour to the kitchen of course." ~The Oregonian

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...this book is big and beautiful. Its recipes deliver Vietnamese dishes without a lot of specialty-store shopping." ~Washington Post

About the Author

Luke Nguyen is a well-renowned Vietnamese Australian chef, best known for his television series Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam and his new series Greater Mekong. His shows have aired throughout the world and can currently be seen on The Cooking Channel (US), The Food Network (US), UKTV, The Living Channel, and XYZ Entertainment Pty Ltd. Luke was raised in Australia in Sydney’s vibrant and notorious Vietnamese quarter. His parents opened and ran a local Vietnamese restaurant, and it was this passion for food that first ignited Luke’s interest. After learning the basics from his parents, Luke trained with a number of well-respected Sydney chefs before opening The Red Lantern restaurant with his sister, Pauline. Since then, The Red Lantern has become one of Sydney’s most acclaimed restaurants. Luke has written three previous cookbooks, Secrets of the Red Lantern, Songs of Sapa, and Indochine and was recently announced as the host of Masterchef.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742706207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742706207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.9 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have come across quite a few cookbooks, not just Vietnamese but Italian, French, Mexican, from the Southern US, etc.

I am sure the hard copy is quite beautiful but I was blown away by how nice the kindle edition was. I have a few cookbooks in kindle where the formatting was so far off, with the recipe centering by 3-4 inch widths per page.

I immigrated to the US in April 1975 when I was only two yrs old. I am able to speak the language to my parents and relatives but I cannot read or write in Vietnamese. Therefore to try to write down the recipes from my mother was quite difficult especially when she doesn't exactly need to measure.

This recipe book is great because from the ingredients to the pictures, they are almost identical to how my mom made it! Now I have the precise measurements.....because people like myself were not exactly born to cook. I can't wait to try out these pictures and to salvage the many recipes I have been trying to write down from my mom before it's too late.

The most beautiful part of the book are the stories about Vietnam and the pictures are just stunning. Thank you for making this book available in Kindle! I saw it in hard copy and was praying it would be available in kindle. Thank you! thank you! Thank you!
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Received Luke Nguyen's "The Food of Vietnam" as a Christmas gift just days before we left for a 2week journey through Vietnam. His book covered many of the places we visited (Hanoi,Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Ho Chi Min City, & the Mekong Delta) and we ate many of the dishes in his book. I love this book which has become a photo journal/recipe book of our trip that will enable me to replicate many of the delicious dishes we ate. I highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Vietnam. It is beautifully bound with beautiful photos and personal comments from the author. Get it before you leave on your trip so you can jot down the various places mentioned in the book and highlight your food experiences.
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Has beautiful, evocative photographs, along with some decent travel writing. Succeeds in giving a sense of the diversity of regional cuisines. Doesn't seem particularly great as a cookbook to be used, though, at least for most readers. Those who are less experienced with Vietnamese cooking would be better served by a book focused on classic dishes. Yet a decision was clearly made here to "dumb down" the terminology to a beginner level, keeping Vietnamese words to a minimum, and not printing any of the accents/diacritical marks on those that are used. Which is fine except it makes it harder to get the right ingredients. If you go to a Vietnamese/Asian market and ask for "swamp cabbage" (p. 34) nobody will have any idea what you're talking about -- but if you show them the word "rau muong" they'll get it for you because it's very commonly used. Same thing with a bunch of other ingredients. And if you ask for "com" (as written on p. 264) instead of "côm", they'll assume you just want regular rice ("cơm"). (If the author is reading these reviews, I'd suggest putting a glossary with more actual terms online.) That said, there are some creative dishes here that I'd like to try.
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The hardcover version is a slightly oversized (12.2 x 9.8 x 1.8 inches) book that is gorgeously crafted and laid out. The book is structured into 16 chapters each focusing on one specific geographic area of Vietnam with a bit of exposition followed by recipes (each of which receives personal anecdote by Luke Nguyen) and plenty of full color photos (each of the dishes and other atmospheric imagery).

Degree of recipe difficulty (on a 1-5 scale) averages out at around '3.' Also, Nguyen refers to ingredients by their Australian names so at times, Google will be your friend.
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well written, good recipes and photos
a useable coffee table cookbook
but, too big to use easily in the kitchen
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I've only been using "Vietnam" on my tablet so far, so I can't tell you how it looks on a Kindle, but on my tablet it's excellent. There's always the worry that Kindle editions of recipe books will be dreadful, with eye gougingly terrible layouts or just looking dull as the dishwater you end up with after dinner (unless you have a dishwasher, in which case I'm completely envious of your shiny crockery, slovenly yet near instant post-dinner entertainment, lack of lower back pain or prune fingers). Vietnam doesn't have any such issues, it looks brilliant on my tablet, with beautiful photography (not just food porn you usually find in cookbooks, but actual travel photography from around Vietnam) which really make you want to explore the book fully.

This book is divided into sections based on regions in Vietnam, so there's a section on Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hanoi and many other places from North through to South Vietnam. Every section has starts with the various bits of information about the specific place in Vietnam itself which are relatively brief and very interesting. The sections aren't organised in any particular manner that I can see, there are chicken recipes followed by fish recipes, then beef, then back to chicken etc. This doesn't get in the way of exploring the recipes or finding them later. I've just bookmarked my favourite recipes so it's easy to find them. I've tried 3 or 4 recipes already and they've all worked out really well. The wonderful thing about Vietnamese cooking is there's a real freshness to it, everything comes together so well , it's smells amazing as you're cooking and tastes just as good, if not better once it's served.

This is a comprehensive recipe book of Vietnamese cooking.
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