Luke Nguyen, of Secrets of the Red Lantern fame, is going home. Travelling on a personal and culinary tour through Vietnam, Luke visits his family and friends, and is invited into the homes of local Vietnamese food experts and cooks, to learn more about one of the richest, most diverse cuisines in the world.
Be tempted by more than 100 regional and family recipes and vibrant, stunning photographs bursting with colour and texture, capturing the beauty of Vietnam, her people and their deep connection to food.
"Written whilst shooting SBS's new series Vietnam, featuring Nyugen, The Songs of Sapa is the story of his travels through Vietnam, discovering his ancestor's culinary traditions. Nyugen's previous book, Secrets of the Red Lantern, was an intimate story of Nguyen's family and the restaurant he created with his sister and brother-in-law in Sydney. In this new book he writes about his experiences meeting extended family and friends, being invited into the homes of locals and learning techniques straight from the chefs in the land in which they were invented. The book tours Vietnam, starting in the northwest villages and hills around Sapa, exploring the roots of traditional cooking. He then moves south in Hanoi, where hybrid French-Vietnamese cuisine comes to the fore. He discovers the imperial style of Hue, famed cau lau noodles in Hoi An, and simple seafood dishes along the coast of Nha Trang and Quy Nhon. Finally he finds himself in Saigon and is greeted with open arms by his family. This beautiful travel log whisks you belly first into another time and place - all from the comfort of home!"
Reviewed by Karen Coleman, Booktopia Buzz Editor
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 22.6 x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.7
Edition Number: 1