Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step By Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam

October 30, 2020
Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step By Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam

Eat Real Vietnamese Food features over ninety delicious,classical Vietnamese recipes.Free iPhone shopping list app with all recipe ingredientspre-loaded available. Search “Eat Real Food Vietnam” in appstore.These recipes may not be available elsewhere. Vietnamese chefsare notoriously secretive concerning their recipes.Each recipe is presented with clear, easy to follow, illustratedstep-by-step directions as well as the historical background of thedish.This Kindle book is a a print-exact replica of a high qualityproduction: full color in hard cover format with a dust jacket.But, why do we need another Vietnamese cookbook? The author, awardwinning cookbook writer Lien Nguyen, explains:This book started as a quiet, seemingly innocuous project: a fewyears ago, I decided to learn more about Vietnamese cooking,because, after all, it is my cultural heritage, and I also love toeat! My mother had an extensive collection of recipes, some neatlygathered in a notebook, but most scribbled on loose sheets ofpaper, often presenting several conflicting versions of the samedish. So, I decided to sort it out and write down those she thoughtwere the best version for each of her specialties.Any undertaking of mine has a tendency toward “mission creep,”as my husband will readily tell you, and this one was no exception.As I moved along, this book evolved into a project immortalizing adisappearing cuisine and a disappearing way of life. We decided tofocus on my mom’s domain of expertise: Vietnamese food from theearly 50s.Vietnam has had a long, restless history, and the 20th centurywas particularly turbulent. These difficult, troubled times madethe 50s of particular interest in the culinary sense: in thoseyears, many Vietnamese people emigrated from the North (includingmy father’s family) and settled in the South, bringing with them,among other things, different ways of cooking and eating. Theydidn’t always have access to authentic Southern cuisine: oldclassics were modified, sometimes happily reinterpreted, sometimesbadly misunderstood. Later in the century, more changes followedwith the American presence, and yet more with the new affluence ofpeacetime.This book’s ambition is to be a time capsule from the middle ofthe last century, when Vietnamese cuisine was still influenced byFrench culture, and before it evolved radically with the arrival ofimmigrants from the North.I might be partial, but I feel that the cuisine of that time isparticularly refined and worthy of being preserved. It is part ofmy parents’ cultural legacy and, for me, it is the classic cuisineof Vietnam.Eat Real Vietnamese Food presents recipes in two-page spread“story board” format. A full color, mouth watering photo of thefinished dish along with an ingredients list and some historicalinformation appears on the left page, and the detailed, illustratedstep-by-step directions are found on the right. Ninety recipes arefully presented followed by a two special sections. The firstdescribes in detail the preparation of the various sauces andaccompaniments for the dishes, and the second describes in detailthe various utensils and ingredients needed for the recipes.Eat Real Vietnamese Food is a historical document and awonderful recipe book all in one.