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Vietnamese Home Cooking Hardcover – Sep 25 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607740532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607740537
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2.9 x 27.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Winner, IACP Awards 2013-Chefs and Restaurants
Charles Phan’s Vietnamese Home Cooking captures the very heart of Vietnamese food: fresh, pure, full of life, and vibrant with flavor. His beautiful pictures, stories, and recipes make it completely irresistible.
—Alice Waters, chef, author, and proprietor of Chez Panisse
The great appeal of Charles Phan’s cooking at The Slanted Door has always been its vivid purity of flavor. It isn’t necessarily simple food, but there’s not a soupçon of trickery or gratuitous filigree involved. In his long-awaited, warmly written first cookbook, Phan reveals the secrets of his approach to the great and varied food of his native Vietnam.
—Colman Andrews, editorial director of
A truly magical and illuminating journey into the cooking of Vietnam, with recipes so thoroughly brilliant they will not only allow you to better understand the cuisine of that country, but they will also make you a better cook, Asian or otherwise.
—James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur,  author of Cradle of Flavor
Like the best cooking is, Charles Phan’s food is deceivingly complex. With this book, Charles shows you how to unravel that code and make delicious Vietnamese food at home.
—David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku

About the Author

Charles Phan is the executive chef and owner of The Slanted Door family of restaurants. He received the James Beard Award for Best Chef California in 2004, and in 2011 was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s list of Who’s Who of Food in America. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their three children.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex on Jan. 2 2013
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After seeing that the one and only review on this book contained no comments on the "cooking", I felt compelled to write this review. I am not Vietnamese, but I've have had a love for Vietnamese cuisine since tasting my first nem at age 8. Hmm I can still remember it. I have a few well-worn Vietnamese cookbooks (Into the Vietnamese Table, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Kitchen). This one stands alone. Some of the recipes may seem complicated, but Phan does more than just give you a series of recipes (as other books often do), he gives you a method and he explains to you what the ingredients are meant to do. For instance, I wanted to make the daikon rice cake (it was amazing), but did not have the preserved turnips the recipe called for. Phan however had explained that the turnips were meant to provide saltiness so I used the kimchi I had instead. It worked beautifully. After making some of the recipes in this book, I truly feel that I have a better understanding of Vietnamese cooking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JessicaT on Nov. 23 2013
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I found this in the reception area of a guest house we stayed at in Vietnam recently. It was a small place on a rather remote beach oh Phu Quoc and they did a lot of 'home cooked' meals at their kitchen rather than the standard 'restaurant' fare. Not to say that I don't love Vietnamese restaurant food, but this was a really nice change.
Very little of the recipes in this book are the kind that you might find on the street, because as he says, these are not what people make at home. This is about what he makes in his home. And yes, as someone else mentioned, it does have a Chinese influence for some of them because that is his family heritage. But come on, it's great. The recipes are useful, and doable, in any kitchen.
There are quite a few recipes here that are going to become staples in my house and I think it's a great introduction to Vietnamese cooking even if you've never been (but go if you can!)
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Very interesting presentation and recipes. Tad more ancillary information than may have made for an interesting read for some individuals interested in his personal perspective.
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By Leah Maclellan on Aug. 15 2014
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Perfect everything I wanted to know about sandwiches
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