My vietnam stories and recipes
My Vietnam: Stories and Recipes by Luke NguyenI didnt try to make any of the recipes from this book! I just read it for the stories. Luke Nguyens family fled Vietnam after the war and eventually ended up in Australia where they ran a Vietnamese restaurant in a Sydney suburb. Now Nguyen runs his own restaurant in Sydney called Red Lantern. I guess hes pretty well known in Australia as a host of different food documentaries but Id never heard of him until I saw his newest book Luke Nguyens Street Food Asia: Saigon, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta in the Kinokuniya and was blown away by the photography. The library didnt have it yet so I picked up this one and wasnt disappointed.
Both of the books have got a winning formula: great photos of food and daily life, mouthwatering descriptions of food and cooking techniques, more standard travelogues including some off the beaten path stuff, family history and of course recipes. The recipes are fun to read, but I think they probably are a little tricky even if you do have access to a good Asian supermarket because some of the techniques sounded pretty involved. But even without preparing them theyre useful if youve ever eaten in a Vietnamese restaurant and wanted to explore the menu beyond the classic pho or banh mi. And of course if you are planning a trip to Vietnam this would be a great guide to discovering all the regional specialties.
My Vietnam: Stories and Recipes
Stories And Recipes, First Edition
A stunningly beautiful love letter to Vietnam with more than recipes, from best-selling author and Cooking Channel host Luke Nguyen. In My Vietnam, chef, television star, and best-selling author Luke Nguyen returns home to discover the best of regional Vietnamese cooking.
From zesterdaily. 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 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.
Uyen was born in Saigon and spent her childhood there before leaving Vietnam in the aftermath of the war. She regularly travels back there to visit family and pick up more classic and modern recipes for dishes found in the homes and on the streets of Vietnam. In essence, the food of her country aims to strike the perfect balance between sweet, sour, salty, bitter, hot and umami, and to cater for any occasion and time of day, every mood and ailment. Uyen describes some of the most commonly used produce and offers easy-to-find alternatives so that every recipe is accessible. She guides you through chapters such as Soups, Snacking, Noodles, Dinner and Desserts, weaving in tales of etiquette, personal history and tradition and providing evocative photos of her travels throughout.