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Vietnam - Food, People and Landscapes.
on August 18, 2011
I already love this book. The graphics, the topography, the photographs are all gorgeous. It is part travelogue, part autobiography, and part cookbook.
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.