There are certain places in Beverly Hills that are dining destinations in the same way that Barney’s or Jimmy Choo are shopping destinations: Spago, of course, and since 1997, Crustacean, Helene An’s seriously upscale Vietnamese restaurant. The An family began its restaurant empire in San Francisco in a little Italian deli that it bought after immigrating to America as refugees from the Vietnam War. They transformed that deli, as well as the family’s fortunes and our understanding of Vietnamese cooking, and now Helene An and her daughters oversee five California restaurants and a catering business. To that long list of accomplishments, An and her daughter Jacqueline have added a cookbook.
“Ăn: To Eat” is a beautifully photographed (by Evan Sung) book that combines many of Crustacean’s recipes with the central story of the An family….
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By: Amy Scattergood