Ăn: To Eat isn’t just a good cookbook, it’s a hell of a story.
Helene An, with an assist from her daughter Jacqueline, tells how she escaped to California from Vietnam and ended up running a restaurant empire based in Los Angeles. Along the way, the An family shares their recipes for everything from traditional Vietnamese dishes to the more modern recipes with Vietnamese flavors that they serve at their restaurants.
Since many of these dishes are riffs on traditional Vietnamese cooking, it might not be the best place for those unfamiliar with the cuisine to start. However, there are many home cook–friendly dishes tucked among the restaurant fare. I’d definitely start with An’s lemongrass chicken, and turn any leftovers into the fantastic chicken cabbage salad on the following page.
The Takeaway: A great book for anyone who’s a fan of An’s L.A. restaurant Crustacean, is looking for new angles on Vietnamese cuisine, or just wants to read an epic story.
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By: Paula Forbes