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The Songs of Sapa: Stories and Recipes from Vietnam [Hardcover]

Luke Nguyen

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2009
"Luke Nguyen, of Red Lantern fame, is going home. Travelling on a personal and culinary tour through Vietnam, Luke visits his family and friends, and is invited into the homes of local Vietnamese food experts and cooks, to learn more about one of the richest, most diverse cuisines in the world. Starting in the northwest of Vietnam, in the villages and hills around Sapa, Luke explores the roots of traditional cooking. Moving south, he travels to the capital, Hanoi, renowned for its French-Vietnamese cuisine. He explores the imperial cooking of Hue, discovers the famed cau lau noodles in Hoi An, and tastes a host of simple seafood dishes of coastal Nha Trang and Quy Nhon, his journey culminating in Saigon, where he is reunited with family. The Songs of Sapa is a vibrant, visual essay of Luke's journey, the stories and recipes from each region, with stunning photographs bursting with colour and texture, capturing the beauty of Vietnam, her people and their deep connection to food."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741964652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741964653
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 26.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Luke Nguyen is a proprietor of the acclaimed Sydney restaurant, Red Lantern.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Table Book Feb. 27 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Songs of Sapa is not just about Sapa, but about Vietnam's cuisine all over. It is an excellent conversation starter and for those who like cooking, it has some great Vietnamese recipes. After being to Vietnam, it makes the remembrance even more pleasurable.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Detailed Feb. 9 2010
By S. Garner - Published on Amazon.com
This is such a lovely book! I love that there are oodles of pictures and that they are colorful, genuine, and don't seem overly styled or stiff. To me the highlight of the book is the personal insights Luke Nguyen shares about his relationship with the food and those who make it. I felt there were wonderful insights into Vietnamese culture which for me was my favorite.

I cannot comment yet on ease or accuracy of recipes because I haven't made anything. I'm still just enjoying the pictures and storytelling aspect of the book.

I'm now planning on purchasing Mr. Nguyen's other book!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Dec 22 2009
By K. J. Peek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is far more than a cookbook. It is full of stories, anecdotes, and points of interest about the many culinary regions of Vietnam. Luke Nguyen writes in a casual yet engaging manner and not only makes you want to try his recipes, but get on the first plane out to Hanoi. Visually the book is gorgeous - it would be equally at home in the kitchen or on the coffee table in the loungroom. The recipes are easy to follow and most of the ingredients are readily available.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good cook book Feb. 19 2013
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very good cook book and has beautiful picture of Vietnam. I can easily learn how to cook vietnamese food just fellow the recipe. I recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book with authentic recipes Jan. 15 2013
By Food Lover! - Published on Amazon.com
One of my favorite Vietnamese cookbook, not only does it have authentic recipes but also great photos. I love reading the stories of the different parts of Vietnam he's been too as well. I have tried at least one recipes from each region in the book, they turned out excellent and very similar to my mum's own recipes.

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