Cookbooks in translation...Vietnam

I had an epiphany the other day..while thinking about Julia Child.

I was shuffling through my cookbook shelf, which has taken on substantial proportions. I flicked through my Asian cookbooks and realised there were slim pickings in that category.  A scene from the movie Julie and Julia came to mind, the one when Julia (Meryl Streep) goes in search of a French cookbook in English. I shuddered at the thought of having to work my way through a Vietnamese language cookbook and decided to remedy the situation right away. 

After a bit of research, I decided on cookbooks written by Luke Nguyen. His passion for Vietnam, the food, the people and it's history comes through in his writing and in his recipes.  I could not pick just one of his cookbooks, so...I bought three, here, here and here. Luke shares his thoughts on Vietnam, ever so eloquently here...

Bill Granger is no stranger to my cookbook shelf. In fact his was the fist cookbook I purchased when we moved back to Sydney in 1999.  I trust Bill and know that whatever he creates in the kitchen, 
my family will be happy. So far Bill's Everyday Asian is working a treat.

 Mrs. H Sr. gifted Quick and Easy Vietnamese to me...she knows me. 

I bought Southeast Asian Specialties many years ago, when we were living in Connecticut. 
This is a great cookbook....encompassing many countries. It's a keeper.

Vietnamese cuisine is one of the things I am most excited about with our move to Vietnam and look forward to taking cooking classes. I have been thinking about how I can incorporate my cooking experiences into Collage of Life. I do not talk about food very often but I have a feeling this
will be something I become passionate about. If you have any thoughts on how I could present Vietnamese cooking, I am eager to read your thoughts!

If you have an interest in travelling to Vietnam or have recommendations.
You can stop in travel file, so to speak, for Vietnam. :)

Signing off to practice my Vietnamese...

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