At the heart of this cookbook is acclaimed chef An’s journey from her childhood in Vietnam to hard-won culinary success in the United States. With her daughter Jacqueline, the author introduces readers to her family’s history, cultural heritage, and cooking style in compelling accounts that accompany such recipes as caramelized lemongrass shrimp, chicken pho with makrut lime, Saigon steamed pork buns, and rum-soaked Vietnamese banana cake. The authors have included a balance of home cooked and restaurant dishes, along with technique and entertaining tips and suggested wine and beer pairings.
VERDICT This excellent Vietnamese cookbook provides detailed, delicious recipes and a heartfelt memoir narrative.
By: Lisa Campbell