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Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table: Recipes and Reminiscences from Vietnam's Best Market Kitchens, Street Cafes, and Home Cooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    Authentically delicious Vietnamese recipes!

    This book includes recipes from Vietnamese vendors and homecooks, so they are easy to duplicate at home. I'm Vietnamese, and I'm glad Mai Pham has written this book because I need to know how to cook authentic Vietnamese foods. This book has lots of wonderful background information on Vietnamese culture and stories about the many Vietnamese cooks Mai Pham met on her visits to Vietnam. It's not just a cookbook, it's Mai Pham sharing with us her favorite recipes, her family stories, and her take on Vietnamese culture. Even though it has no pictures of the food, it is still a gorgeous book that you will use over and over again. I also recommend Nicole Routhier's 'The Foods of Vietnam', which has mouth-watering pictures of the foods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001


    I have looked for 6 - 12 months to find a Vietnamese cookbook to buy. When I found this, I knew that I had to get it. There is an introduction to each recipe that makes you want to try it, and the recipes are tested, so they work. She writes with great enthusiasm for both the food and the country, managing to link the two so the food is not just a series of isolated recipes. The book is also a personal journey of her discovery of her homeland, and the reunion with her grandmother is quite moving. So, not just a cookbook, but a Vietnamese experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001


    Simply the best cookbook i've ever seen in my life. The color flew from the pages as each one was turned. So excited to actually get a taste of this wonderful culture that i am delightfully reading about. I hope everyone picks up a copy of this book and see for themselves what a amazing chef and writer Mai Pham is.

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