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Elizabeth Street Cafe

Elizabeth Street Cafe Lowest new price: $27.52
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Author: Tom Moorman

French-inspired Vietnamese cooking from the cultural hub of Austin, Texas – recommended by everyone from locals to Bon Appetit to The New York Times to goop.

"A Vietnamese café plus French bakery, Elizabeth Street Café combines the best of two worlds." —goop

Elizabeth Street Café – a celebrated eatery with a devoted following – features French-inspired Vietnamese cooking. Chefs Tom Moorman and Larry McGuire share 100 recipes of beautiful and delicious Vietnamese fare and French baked goods – from Spicy Breakfast Fried Rice and Eggs to Green Jungle Curry Noodles, and Palm Sugar Ice Cream to Toasted Coconut Cream Puffs. The café is always bustling, day and night, inside and outdoors, and it is one of the most photographed restaurants in Austin, Texas.

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Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step by Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam

Eat Real Vietnamese Food: A Step by Step Guide to the Classic Cuisine of Vietnam Lowest new price: $22.37
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Author: Lien Nguyen

A cookbook both useful in the kitchen and beautiful on the coffee table, Eat Real Vietnamese Food features over ninety delicious, classical Vietnamese recipes.

These recipes may not be available elsewhere. Vietnamese chefs are notoriously secretive concerning their recipes.

Each recipe is presented with clear, easy to follow, illustrated step-by-step directions as well as the historical background of the dish.

This book is a high quality production: full color in hard cover format with a dust jacket. But, why do we need another Vietnamese cookbook? The author, award winning cookbook writer Lien Nguyen, explains:

This book started as a quiet, seemingly innocuous project: a few years ago, I decided to learn more about Vietnamese cooking, because, after all, it is my cultural heritage, and I also love to eat! My mother had an extensive collection of recipes, some neatly gathered in a notebook, but most scribbled on loose sheets of paper, often presenting several conflicting versions of the same dish. So, I decided to sort it out and write down those she thought were the best version for each of her specialties.

Any undertaking of mine has a tendency toward "mission creep," as my husband will readily tell you, and this one was no exception. As I moved along, this book evolved into a project immortalizing a disappearing cuisine and a disappearing way of life. We decided to focus on my mom's domain of expertise: Vietnamese food from the early 50s.

Vietnam has had a long, restless history, and the 20th century was particularly turbulent. These difficult, troubled times made the 50s of particular interest in the culinary sense: in those years, many Vietnamese people emigrated from the North (including my father's family) and settled in the South, bringing with them, among other things, different ways of cooking and eating. They didn't always have access to authentic Southern cuisine: old classics were modified, sometimes happily reinterpreted, sometimes badly misunderstood. Later in the century, more changes followed with the American presence, and yet more with the new affluence of peacetime.

This book's ambition is to be a time capsule from the middle of the last century, when Vietnamese cuisine was still influenced by French culture, and before it evolved radically with the arrival of immigrants from the North.

I might be partial, but I feel that the cuisine of that time is particularly refined and worthy of being preserved. It is part of my parents' cultural legacy and, for me, it is the classic cuisine of Vietnam.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food presents recipes in two-page spread "story board" format. A full color, mouth watering photo of the finished dish along with an ingredients list and some historical information appears on the left page, and the detailed, illustrated step-by-step directions are found on the right. Ninety recipes are fully presented followed by a two special sections. The first describes in detail the preparation of the various sauces and accompaniments for the dishes, and the second describes in detail the various utensils and ingredients needed for the recipes.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food is a historical document, an attractive coffee table item, and a wonderful recipe book all in one.

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Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX

Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX Lowest new price: $8.70
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Author: Christine Ha
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In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, who specializes in the mouthwatering, wildly popular Vietnamese comfort foods of her childhood, as well as beloved American standards that she came to love growing up in Texas, re-learned how to cook. Using her heightened senses, she turns out dishes that are remarkably delicious, accessible, luscious, and crave-worthy.

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Christine sweep the thrilling MasterChef Season 3 finale, and here they can find more of her deftly crafted recipes. They'll discover food that speaks to the best of both the Vietnamese diaspora and American classics, personable tips on how to re-create delicious professional recipes in a home kitchen, and an inspirational personal narrative bolstered by Ha's background as a gifted writer. Recipes from My Home Kitchen will braid together Christine's story with her food for a result that is one of the most compelling culinary tales of her generation.

Amazon Q&A for Recipes from My Home Kitchen. Graham Elliot, MasterChef judge, chef and restauranteur interviews Christine Ha, author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen.

Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot: When you first auditioned for MasterChef did you ever imagine you we'd be talking about your very own cookbook a year later?

Christine Ha: Definitely not. I mean, it was my dream, yes. Out of the trophy/title, monetary winnings, and the cookbook deal, the cookbook was the prize I wanted the most. It only made sense--I am a writer, and by nature, writers want to share themselves with the world through their stories. What better way to marry the two loves of my life--food and word--than with my very own cookbook? But to compete against more than 30,000 home cooks across America? I don't like to get my hopes up, so I tried not to give it much thought. Well, I realize now that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and play it smart.

GE: Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and I were always blown away by your ability to present beautiful, edible creations. How are you able to produce such visually stunning dishes without your sense of sight?

CH: Ah, that seems to be the million dollar question. Well, I've always had an elephant's memory, and this was only perpetuated with my vision loss. Now that I can't depend on my eyes to see what's laid out on the counter, I have to memorize where I put the basil, the knife, the sauté pan full of hot oil. This memory of how foods look--shape, their color, their texture--is what aids me when I plate a dish. I think having to feel your food forces you to become more connected with it; that's the belief of those cultures that eat their meals with their hands--touching your food with your fingers increases awareness. I also believe the fact that I can't see the small imperfections on a plate--say, the microgreens not being set exactly 2.5 inches apart--makes for a more organic and, in my opinion, aesthetically more pleasing plate.

GE: Which aspects of your cooking style do you think will be most popular with the average American home cook?

CH: Oh, Graham, I'm smart, but I'm not psychic! Is there really such a thing as an "average American home cook"? Americans are hardly average at all. Like I said, our country is just so diverse. Plus home cooks are becoming quite sophisticated these days--just look at the range of talent you see on each season of "MasterChef." I will say, however, that with demographics moving more and more towards dual income households, and even in the case of stay-at-home parents who are busy taking care of the kids and the house, people have less time and energy to cook dinner every night. For these reasons, I think many home cooks would appreciate recipes that are flavorful but not fussy. Actually, those are the exact parameters I have in my own kitchen when I cook a weeknight dinner. And for the weekends when there's a little more time for leisure projects, I enjoy more elaborate experiments like pulled pork sandwiches or my mama's eggrolls. Both types of recipes, from the easy to the intricate, can be found right here in this very cookbook.

GE: How has your approach to cooking changed over the years? How has it evolved since you won MasterChef?

CH: Like many who first start out cooking, I was very methodical. I learned by following recipes to the T--I used to think the world would end if I accidentally added one teaspoon of salt when the recipe called for three-fourths. But after cooking a dozen meals or so, I started understanding basic cooking methods and techniques. Then after another dozen meals, I began grasping flavor profiles. As with any art, once you know and understand the rules, you can break them and get away with it. Once I got to that point, I ventured off and came up with my own recipes.

Perhaps the most valuable lesson I learned during my time on "MasterChef" is to trust my gut. Food can be very subjective. I can't stand dill or cooked salmon. But hey, if your favorite dish in the world is your grandma's baked salmon with dill weed, I can't argue that. I do think, however, that one should be able to back up their penchant for dill and baked salmon. "I love baked salmon and dill weed because it's good," to me, is not a valid argument. "I love baked salmon and dill weed because I think they complement each other in XYZ ways" is an argument I can respect even if I don't agree. Having said this, however, I wouldn't want everyone in the world to dislike dill and cooked salmon, because then where would their places be in our lives? I had a creamy dill sauce over a crêpe recently, and I thought it was incredibly delicious. And salmon sashimi is on my short list of favorite foods. I trust chefs who are confident in their opinions and can back them up. Diversity is what makes this world great; we should celebrate our differences.

GE: With the veritable treasure trove of recipes you now possess, which one do you feel best represents you and your life's journey?

CH: I'd have to go with the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It starts out an inedible mass, but after you put some heat under it, it becomes delectably sweet--that's been my journey in life. It's by no means fancy, but it will always put a smile on your face--that's me. Sinfully scrumptious.

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An: To Eat: Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen

An: To Eat: Recipes and Stories from a Vietnamese Family Kitchen Lowest new price: $14.95
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Author: Helene An

In Vietnamese, “AN” means “TO EAT,” a happy coincidence, since the An family has built an award-winning restaurant empire— including the renowned celebrity favorite Crustacean Beverly Hills—that has been toasted by leading food press, including Bon Appétit, Gourmet, InStyle and the Food Network. Helene An, executive chef and matriarch of the House of An, is hailed as the “mother of fusion” and was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for her signature style that brings together Vietnamese, French, and California- fresh influences. Now her daughter Jacqueline tells the family story and shares her mother's delicious and previously “secret” recipes, including “Mama's” Beef Pho, Drunken Crab, and Oven-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken.

Helene's transformation from pampered “princess” in French Colonial Vietnam, to refugee then restaurateur, and her journey from Indochina's lush fields to family kitchen gardens in California are beautifully chronicled throughout the book. The result is a fascinating peek at a lost world, and the evolution of an extraordinary cuisine. The 100 recipes in An: To Eat feature clean flavors, simple techniques, and unique twists that could only have come from Helene's personal story.

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Vietnamese Food with Helen's Recipes

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Author: Helen Le

This cookbook features authentic Vietnamese home cooking recipes with step-by-step photo instructions and links to video demonstrations on Youtube. The recipes have been tested by thousands of viewers of Helen's Recipes Channel on Youtube with excellent results. See testers' food photos here: http://iconosquare.com/tag/helenrecipes . Watch this book launch video to find out WHY this cookbook is a MUST-BUY: http://youtu.be/K2oBE4k_Kvk . E-book version is available at: http://danangcuisine.com/cookbook/

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Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors

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Author: Andrea Nguyen

Delicious, fresh Vietnamese food is at your fingertips any night of the week thanks to the 80 accessible, easy recipes in Vietnamese Food Any Day.

Drawing upon decades of experience, award-winning author and Vietnam native Andrea Nguyen shows you how to use everyday ingredients to create true Vietnamese flavors at home--fast. With Nguyen as your guide, there's no need to take a trip to a specialty grocer for Vietnamese favorites such as banh mi, dumplings, lettuce cups, and pho, as well as recipes for Honey-Glazed Pork Riblets, Chile Garlic Chicken Wings, Turmeric Coconut Rice, and No-Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream. Nguyen's tips and tricks for getting Viet flavors from ingredients at national supermarkets are indispensable, helping to liberate home cooks and make everyday cooking easier. Her approachable methods, as well as her hardworking tips and tricks, give you all the tools you need to make Vietnamese dishes a part of your regular meal rotation.


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

Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table: Recipes and Reminiscences from Vietnam's Best Market Kitchens, Street Cafes, and Home Cooks Lowest new price: $13.75
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Author: Mai Pham
Brand: William Morrow Company

A land of vibrant cultures and vivid contrasts, Vietnam is also home to some of the most delicious and intriguing food in the world. While its cooking traditions have been influenced by those of China, France, and even India, Vietnam has created a cuisine with a spirit and a flavor all its own.

Chef and restaurateur Mai Pham brings to life this diverse and exciting cooking in Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table. Born and raised in Saigon before emigrating to the United States, Mai has often returned to her native land to learn the secrets of authentic Vietnamese cooking, from family, friends, home cooks, street vendors, and master chefs. Traveling from region to region, she has gathered the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food today: Green Mango Salad with Grilled Beef, Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Chilies, Caramelized Garlic Shrimp, and especially pho, the country's beloved beef-and-noodle soup. With more than 100 recipes in all, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table offers home cooks the chance to create and savor the traditional flavors of Vietnam in their own kitchen.

Filled with enchanting stories and stirring black-and-white photos of life in Vietnam, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table provides a captivating taste of an enduring culture and its irresistible cuisine.

When Mai Pham--chef and owner of the renowned Lemon Grass Restaurant in Sacramento, California--left her home and her grandmother in Saigon in 1975, just days before the city fell to communist rule, she never thought she'd see either again. Happily for her, she returned 20 years later to rediscover her roots and reconnect with her 100-year-old grandmother. Happily for us, she's written Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table, in which she shares that journey--and the vibrant cuisine of her homeland. She weaves a stirring tale of rediscovery; of visiting with cooks in market stalls and street cafés and home kitchens; and, perhaps most importantly, of rediscovering her "favorite food on earth," pho, the noodle soup often referred to as the national dish of Vietnam.

Pham begins with a chapter on dipping sauces, condiments, and herbs, which, she explains, are the true backbone of Vietnamese cooking. She explores culinary variations: the "rice bowl" of the southern peninsula and the French- and Indian-inspired foods of Saigon; the more robust style of the cooler central region of Hue; and the straightforward style of the mountainous north. And she shares the simple, classic recipes that define Vietnamese food. Green Mango Salad with Grilled Beef is at once salty (from the ubiquitous fish sauce), sweet from the fruit, and tangy and spicy from Chili-Lime Sauce. Ginger Chicken is bright with the flavor of ginger and spicy with dried chilies; caramel sauce adds body and an intriguing sweet and smoky element to the dish. And of course, one can't forget the beloved pho, which gets a whole chapter to itself. The traditional Hanoi-style Vietnamese "Pho" Rice Noodle Soup with Beef is fragrant with anise and ginger and thick with velvety noodles and delectably rare beef suspended in the hot broth.

Featured throughout the book are black-and-white photographs of the country and its people, stories of Pham's childhood, and enchanting tales of the history and people of Vietnam that, taken together, highlight a rich and vibrant picture of the ancient cuisine of this complex country. Helpful guides to the Vietnamese pantry and cooking techniques, along with a glossary, menu suggestions, and a list of resources for the more exotic ingredients make the book extremely useful to even the uninitiated. --Robin Donovan

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Eat to Thrive: The Anti-Diet Cookbook

Eat to Thrive: The Anti-Diet Cookbook Lowest new price: $29.97
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Author: Katie Sampayo

If you've ever tried a diet, and absolutely hated it, this book is for you. Katie explains in "no bullsh*t" terms how to live a healthy and thriving life without ever following another diet fad again. No fluff. No big words you can't pronounce. This book gets straight to the point and explains everything you need to know about developing healthy eating habits that fit you and your lifestyle. From understanding what types of fats are healthy, to choosing the perfect protein powder, Katie spills all the must-know nutrition secrets in this book. Best of all, she DOESN'T tell you what to eat! Katie simply provides the necessary knowledge and tools so you can decide for yourself. To help, Katie provides 50 mouth-watering breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack recipes. Each takes 30 minutes or less to make, and they are LOADED with flavor. Plus, each recipe contains complete nutrition information, full-page photos, pro tips, and fun facts to help make the cooking process fun and easy. Katie also provides vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options for each recipe. This book is NOT a cookie-cutter guide on how to magically drop 20 Ibs. in a week. This is the no-nonsense, straight-talk guide to taking control of your body and your life.

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Vietnamese Market Cookbook: Spicy Sour Sweet

Vietnamese Market Cookbook: Spicy Sour Sweet Lowest new price: $13.98
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Author: Van Tran

Bring the Flavor of Vietnam to Your Kitchen
Salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and spicy: these are the flavorful tenets of Vietnamese cuisine. This exhilarating culinary culture is rich but light, deeply flavorful but made with simple ingredients, and filling while also easy to prepare. That's the message that authors Van Tran and Anh Vu wanted to bring to a hungry crowd when they opened their banh mi stall in London, an international city that surprisingly lacked the tastes of the authors' childhoods in Hanoi. As their business expanded, The Vietnamese Market Cookbook followed. The recipes are simpler than you might think but explode with the purest flavors of vegetables, seafood, lean meats, spices, chiles, and treasured Vietnamese condiments like fish sauce. Old and new favorites collide: Asparagus and Crabmeat Soup, Papaya Salad with Crispy Anchovies, Claypot Chicken with Ginger, Sea Bass Carpaccio, Kumquat Jasmine Iced Tea, and Crème Caramel. From chapters like "Sweetness and Happiness" to "Spiciness and Adventure" and "Saltiness and Healing," this lusciously filling book will bring a little bit of Vietnam into your home.



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Vietnamese: Modern and traditional Vietnamese cuisine (Silk)

Vietnamese: Modern and traditional Vietnamese cuisine (Silk) Lowest new price: $10.66
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Author: Emily Nguyen

Vietnamese food is a delicious blend of Southeast Asian flavors. This is part of the beautiful Silk Series. Vietnamese features dozens of tasty recipes, from aromatic soups and broths to spicy seafood and everything in between. This compact book also features the history and culture of Vietnamese dishes and the traditional role of food in Vietnamese life. This covers step by step instructions and photographs on how easy Vietnamese Cuisine is to prepare.


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