Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan

Vietnamese Home Cooking

By Charles Phan

  • Publication Date: 2012-09-25
  • Genre: Regional & Ethnic
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 54 Ratings)

Book Summary

In his eagerly anticipated first cookbook, award-winning chef Charles Phan from San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant introduces traditional Vietnamese cooking to home cooks by focusing on fundamental techniques and ingredients.

This special iBooks Author version of Vietnamese Home Cooking includes:
- Video of Charles and his cooking philosophy
- Slideshows of bonus images from Charles Phan's travels through Vietnam
- Slideshows of photos of Charles, his family, and the early days of the Slanted Door
- Links to information about key ingredients within each recipe
- Step-by-Step cooking instructions that are easy to use in the kitchen
- Step-by-Step slideshows of cooking techniques
- Interactive conversion charts for weight and volume measurements

When Charles Phan opened his now- legendary restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, he introduced American diners to a new world of Vietnamese food: robustly flavored, subtly nuanced, authentic yet influenced by local ingredients, and, ultimately, entirely approachable. In this same spirit of tradition and innovation, Phan presents a landmark collection based on the premise that with an understanding of its central techniques and fundamental ingredients, Vietnamese home cooking can be as attainable and understandable as American, French, or Italian. 

With solid instruction and encouraging guidance, perfectly crispy imperial rolls, tender steamed dumplings, delicately flavored whole fish, and meaty lemongrass beef stew are all deliciously close at hand. Abundant photography detailing techniques and equipment, and vibrant shots taken on location in Vietnam, make for equal parts elucidation and inspiration. And with master recipes for stocks and sauces, a photographic guide to ingredients, and tips on choosing a wok and seasoning a clay pot, this definitive reference will finally secure Vietnamese food in the home cook’s repertoire.

Infused with the author’s stories and experiences, from his early days as a refugee to his current culinary success— Vietnamese Home Cooking is a personal and accessible guide to real Vietnamese cuisine from one of its leading voices.

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