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World's Craziest Recipes (Chef Ban's International Recipe Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009X1KF8E
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I was one of the original "boat people" who left Vietnam in 1978, right after the Vietnam War, while still in high school. I had to leave my parents and family behind in Vietnam, hoping that I could one day bring them to whatever country I ended up in to live a better life.

Hundreds of thousands of "boat people" left in search of a better life, only to die at sea. The boat I and several others were on was lucky enough to make it to another country in one piece, barely.

After wandering around the ocean for weeks, we finally found land near Malaysia. Malaysia refused us entry a few times, so we poked a hole in our boat so the boat would start sinking. That was one of the scariest things I had ever experienced. The boat sank and we all started swimming towards the shore. Once the Malaysian camp officials saw this, they accepted us into their refugee camp where we spent a couple of years awaiting sponsorship from other countries.

I accepted sponsorship from a company in New York. I arrived in New York in 1979 and began working in a chicken factory. After I saw no future in that job, I went to Washington DC and became a dishwasher at the Marriott Hotel restaurant while going to school at night to study English. It wasn't easy, but it had to be done if I was to have a better life and bring my family to be here with me.

I worked myself up to head chef within a couple of years and had prepared dinner for many dignitaries including Presidents and Congressmen. I was finally able to sponsor my brothers and sisters (still in Vietnam) to come to the United States to live a better life.

In the late 1980′s I moved to Florida and helped my sister open and run a Vietnamese restaurant in Tampa, where we created many delicious and unique Vietnamese-French fusion dishes for our customers.

That restaurant, Indochinois, is still open in south Tampa today, where you can taste some of our delicious recipes.

I am now retired and love traveling the world looking for unique recipes to share with you and I am constantly seeking unique recipes from everyone around the world on my web site www.ChefBan.com.

I hope you enjoy this recipe book and hope you will contribute your very own unique recipes to share with others around the world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aisling D'Art on November 10, 2012
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The title of this book is a good hint to the content. They're "world" recipes, meaning they aren't what most Westerners are accustomed to seeing on any menu, even the most exotic ones. "Craziest" is probably what most Western readers will say, though many of these foods are considered everyday fare, if not gourmet treats, in some parts of the world.

I'm only half-joking when I say this would be a good cookbook to show children who turn up their noses at meals that include spinach, broccoli, or liver. (Then again, I've known quite a few eight-year-old boys who would love to go to school and say that their parents served these dishes.)

I couldn't find a single recipe I'd cheerfully prepare, but I might challenge myself with that banana bread variation. The mealworm fried rice dish looks like the chef has found the perfect balance of ingredients for a great fried rice... but I'd cook it without the mealworms.

This is one of the best-written and most surprising cookbooks I've read in a long time, and I could tell that it's written by a world-class chef. (He mentions his Tampa restaurant, still run by his children, and I'd probably go out of my way to have a meal there, next time I'm in Florida.)

Ordinarily, I read a cookbook and the recipes look good enough to try... or they don't. It's that simple.

In this case, though I probably won't cook any of the recipes, I really enjoyed reading this cookbook as a cultural adventure, because the book is so well-written. Some of the photos are... well, exactly what you'd expect. Nevertheless, everything is very artistic in this book, and thoroughly explained for Western cooks.

This isn't just a recipe book, it's an education, and a fascinating one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Merrow on November 9, 2012
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I must say I learned a lot about things people around the world eat. If you like VERY unusual foods or want to amaze (and possibly horrify) dinner guests this book is for you. Some of the recipes sounded reasonable and all of the photos were well done but some of these dishes are just never going to happen in my kitchen! An interesting book, all in all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stlwebbusiness on November 10, 2012
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I was so impressed with the delicious recipes found in Chef Ban's other booked titled "India's Most Delicious Recipes," I picked up all three.

This recipe book offers quite the non traditional meals for western society. It does however, open your eyes to the many different types of recipes and foods non traditional westernized society do eat. If you are feeling adventurous and looking to open your mind to new foods, textures, and favor then this is the book for you.

The book is well written and laid out. It offers a very easy to follow writing style and instructions on these new found meals.

Feeling adventurous, looking for variety in your meal plan, then I would definitely pick up a copy of this book and give a few of the recipes a try. You never know you may just love them.
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By Ritchie Hibbert on January 22, 2013
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I would wish I had never gotten it. I wished I had NEVER gotten this. I have 3 more words.
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By Mommala on December 23, 2012
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Not bad for a free book. I laughed out loud over some of these recipes. Good for a fun read.
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