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Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream by [Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, Lyn Nguen, Michelle Bernstein]

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mango and peppercorns, food memoir, vietnamese cooking, miami restaurant, immigrant stories

Introduction: Mango and Peppercorns

As the Vietnam War came to a close in the spring of 1975 with North Vietnam victorious, people began to flee impending Communist rule. Many escaped in boats, enduring days on the open ocean. Those who survived the journey were taken into refugee camps throughout Southeast Asia.

mango and peppercorns, food memoir, vietnamese cooking, miami restaurant, immigrant stories

mango and peppercorns, food memoir, vietnamese cooking, miami restaurant, immigrant stories

mango and peppercorns, food memoir, vietnamese cooking, miami restaurant, immigrant stories

mango and peppercorns, food memoir, vietnamese cooking, miami restaurant, immigrant stories

There is nothing like Hy Vong. I craved its food like no other... I’ve been begging for their recipes for years! Yet even more than their food, I am inspired by their story. What are the odds that these women—unlikely friends, raised on different continents, who didn’t always get along well when they finally did meet—ended up with such magic between the two of them? I can’t tell you what it is, but I wish I had a piece of that magic.

It’s such an American story: A pregnant, hardworking Vietnamese refugee meets a strong midwestern woman with a big personality. Together they open a cherished, widely acclaimed restaurant, creating their success as a business owned entirely by women—all while raising a child. They got more than they expected. We all did.

From the foreword by Michelle Bernstein, James Beard Award winning chef

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About the Author

Tung Nguyen, who fled Vietnam almost fifty years ago, cofounded the award-winning Hy Vong, a pioneering Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. She currently cooks for select pop-ups and catered events.

Katherine Manning cofounded Hy Vong. She manages Hy Vong's pop-ups and catered events.

Lyn Nguyen is Tung Nguyen's daughter. Before earning degrees from Harvard and Cornell, she helped wait tables at Hy Vong. She is the CEO and cofounder of Liquid Analytics, an artificial intelligence innovation firm.

Elisa Ung is an award-winning writer, book collaborator, and editor. She was the restaurant critic and dining columnist for Northjersey.com and the (Bergen)
Record in New Jersey, and a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"This multinarrator memoir shines with the power of resilience, friendship, family, and food to bring together two women from different backgrounds and inspire them to build Hy Vong, an award-winning Vietnamese restaurant in Miami.a unique contribution to culinary literature that would be a great addition to a collection of food memoirs."- Library Journal

"Mango and Peppercorns is a touching and inspirational culinary journey into a fascinating culture and a cuisine that I adore. This incredible story about the dream of a refugee that fled Communist rule in Vietnam hit home for me. Her passion for food made her American dream come true. It's a story that one needs to savor and appreciate, along with the delicious recipes that are inspired by it."
-Lidia Bastianich, Celebrity Chef and Public Television host --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NXZMK7V
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (March 16, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5881 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 265 pages
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