Mother Helene and daughter Jacqueline pair up to chronicle Helene’s storied life from historical and culinary perspectives. Helene, the famed owner of the House of An, would tell her children the stories behind the many meals she cooked. Traditional Vietnamese recipes are passed down orally, so Jacqueline sought a way to permanently record her mother’s story and recipes as well as to depict the lifestyle of a forgotten time. Together, they tell Helene’s story through food, sharing traditional recipes and modern takes on American dishes with Asian touches. They tout the healthiness of Vietnamese cuisine and seek to demystify this way of cooking.
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