Author(s): Luke Nguyen
Tying in with Luke's immensely popular SBS TV show, Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, this book follows his trip from southern Vietnam up to the north, through the marketplaces, backyards and kitchens of strangers and family alike. In addition to the stunning location photography and mouth-watering food shots, Luke's records of his experiences with the people he meets and the places he visits along the way pepper the pages of this book, breathing life into the classic recipes of Vietnam, from pho to banh mi and everything in between.
"This gorgeous coffee table-worthy cookbook from the dashing Australian chef and host of Cooking Channel's "Passport To Asian" strikes the perfect balance between beauty and brains. The National Geographic-style color photos are visually breathtaking and the interesting-but-doable recipes will have your travel hound friends reaching for their passports, with a slight detour to the kitchen of course." "The Oregonian "."..this book is big and beautiful. Its recipes deliver Vietnamese dishes without a lot of specialty-store shopping." "Washington Post"
Luke Nguyen is a renowned Vietnamese Australian chef, best known for his television series Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, which this book ties into, and more recently his new series Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong. Luke's parents opened and ran a Vietnamese restaurant called and it was this familial passion for food that first ignited Luke's interest in Vietnamese cooking. Luke trained with a number of respected chefs before opening The Red Lantern restaurant with his sister. Since then, The Red Lantern has become one of Sydney's most acclaimed restaurants, winning Best Vietnamese Restaurant in 2009. Luke has written four previous cookbooks: Secrets of the Red Lantern, The Songs of Sapa, Indochine and Greater Mekong.