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My Vietnam: Stories And Recipes Hardcover – August 16, 2011
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this cooking as a birhtday gift for my sister in USA and she was very happy and satisfy with the quality of the book (used but pretting new). I highly recommended. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dao Thu Quyen
Such a great book.bring back a lot of memories and smiles.great recipes.very original way to cook Vietnamese foodPublished 12 months ago by phuong nguyen
I am planning a trip to Indochina and wanted to find out more about Vietnam than the war. The book has a beautiful cover and the photos are excellent. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Oma
I love this book - except - I cannot find a Vietnam map included, and I want to know exactly where he was during these travels. The photography is exceptional. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Barbara Shaver
Our next trip to Vietnam will be more enjoyable after reading this, already tried some of the food but have found a few more yetPublished on July 10, 2013 by daniel ward
my wife really love this book. it helps she learn how to cook, and we really enjoys her cooking foods from this book.Published on June 29, 2013 by Ky Ngo
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.
Lovely stores with beautiful pictures and recipes . A real must for your kitchen library for anyone into cooking authentic foods.Published on February 13, 2013 by C David