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...


http://youtu.be/zqVmE4oU-Jg

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 here...my travel file, so to speak, for Vietnam. :)

Signing off to practice my Vietnamese...




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