January 31, 2007

THE LITTLE ORANGE BOOK:

A Graceful Guide to Vietnamese History and Cuisine (Warren Johnston, 1/31/07, Valley News)

In 1975, just days before the North Vietnamese Army swept into the city, 6-year-old Andrea Nguyen and her family escaped from Saigon to a new life in California.

Along with than a change of clothes and few other things, one of the most valuable possessions the family took was her mother's small recipe notebook. That little orange book and her parents' passion for the distinctive Vietnamese cuisine molded Nguyen's life and became the essential link to the family's rich heritage and cultural past.

When she decided to write a cookbook, her mother gave her the orange notebook, which became the basis of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, which was published in December.

"So, consider this book a new, expanded version of that notebook. I present it to you from the heart and soul of our family kitchen," Nguyen writes in the introduction.

The book is a lesson in the history of a proud country and a doorway into the culture of Vietnam, where the food reflects centuries of influence from foreign occupation and strife, as well as the ingenuity and creativity of the people who live in the beleaguered nation.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 11:17 PM
Comments

A good pho recipe would alone be worth the price.

Posted by: Rick T. at February 1, 2007 9:35 AM
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