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Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Pauline Nguyen

Starred Review. In this moving culinary account of her family's immigration from their native Vietnam, restaurateur Nguyen of Sydney, Australia begins: "In my family, food is our language...when we cannot speak the words "I am sorry"-we … see full wiki

Author: Pauline Nguyen
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2 reviews about Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and...
review by . April 30, 2009
Restauranteur Pauline Nguyen writes a moving account of her family's journey to a refugee camp and later to Australia. It is a painful and poignant story, but Nguyen's skillful writing and many personal photographs will keep you turning pages. Interspersed between the family chronicles are 275 traditional Vietnamese recipes, many shared from the files of her chef parents.    While the recipes are fairly straight-forward and simple to prepare, a number of ingredients that might …
review by . April 04, 2009
I collect cookbooks. I have close to 100 and my favorites are those that has some history with the recipes. This book fits the bill! Not all recipes have a story to them, but those that do will make you treasure the time you spend preparing the dish (too bad I don't eat goat.)    The book is a touching read, the author held nothing back. The food photography is some of the best I've seen. The book is almost too pretty to be a cookbook.     The recipes are …
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