by Luke Nguyen
"Indochine" sees Red Lantern's Luke Nguyen revisit his beloved Vietnam and seek out the food and cultural remnants of this former French colonial empire.
On his regular visits to Vietnam today, Luke is often struck by the appearance of people wearing berets, speaking French and the aromas of coffee and butter emanating from cafes and patisseries.
The recipes and accompanying stories showcase the French influence upon Vietnamese history and cuisine.
Against a backdrop of grand colonial hotels, bars, restaurants and terraces, to private estates dressed in antiques and textiles of the period, Luke talks to chefs, bakers and family members to extract the very essence of French-Vietnamese cuisine.
From coffee and croissants at breakfast to high tea and supper, Luke unravels the origins of Vietnamese dishes such as pho, which began life as a 'pot au feu', and experiments with new versions of traditional Vietnamese food. "Indochine" appeals to lovers of French, Vietnamese food and travel alike.
This title is from the author of best-selling cookbooks "Secrets of the Red Lantern" and "The Songs of Sapa". It features vibrant food photography shot entirely in Vietnam and more than 100 regional recipes showcasing Vietnam's French culinary roots.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Murdoch Books
- Publication Date: 01/10/2011
- Category: National & regional cuisine
- ISBN: 9781742665702
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Review by juliebutterfly
Beautifully illustrated and detailed book by the equally delightful Luke Nguyen. He travels to Hanoi, Dalat, Saigon and Paris to discover the influence of French cooking on vietnamese cuisine. Great recipes and pictures that make me jealous that I tookso few pictures of the produce and the characters of Vietnam