an: To Eat; Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen

Helene An and Jacqueline An. Running Press, $35 (296p) ISBN 978-0-7624-5835-6
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. The authors highlight common cooking techniques, their favorite ingredients, and the secrets to cooking perfect rice. Cornerstone classic dishes include oven-roasted lemongrass chicken, beef pho, and spicy chicken and shrimp ramen in cognac XO sauce. Gorgeous full-color photos will leave readers craving their stunning slow-roasted pork with ginger balsamic glaze; coconut spare ribs; and caramelized lemongrass shrimp. Part biography, part history lesson, and part celebration of the crisp freshness of Vietnamese cuisine, this superb collection will attract and entice a new legion of cooks who seek healthy and flavorful food. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/13/2016
Release date: 04/01/2016
Genre: Nonfiction
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