In his eagerly awaited first cookbook, award-winning chef Charles Phan from San Francisco’s Slanted Door restaurant introduces traditional Vietnamese cooking to home cooks by focusing on fundamental techniques and ingredients.
When Charles Phan opened his now- legendary restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, he introduced American diners to a new world of Vietnamese food: robustly flavored, subtly nuanced, authentic yet influenced by local ingredients, and, ultimately, entirely approachable.
In this same spirit of tradition and innovation, Phan presents a landmark collection based on the premise that with an understanding of its central techniques and fundamental ingredients, Vietnamese home cooking can be as attainable and understandable as American, French, or Italian.
With solid instruction and encouraging guidance, perfectly crispy imperial rolls, tender steamed dumplings, delicately flavored whole fish, and meaty lemongrass beef stew are all deliciously close at hand. Abundant photography detailing techniques and equipment, and vibrant shots taken on location in Vietnam, make for equal parts elucidation and inspiration. And with master recipes for stocks and sauces, a photographic guide to ingredients, and tips on choosing a wok and seasoning a clay pot, this definitive reference will finally secure Vietnamese food in the home cook’s repertoire.
Infused with the author’s stories and experiences, from his early days as a refugee to his current culinary success.
Vietnamese Home Cooking is a personal and accessible guide to real Vietnamese cuisine from one of its leading voices.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
About the author
Charles Phan is the award-winning Executive Chef and Owner of San Francisco’s The Slanted Door and 6 other restaurants. He is considered to be the inventor of modern Vietnamese cuisine in the United States.
Born in Da Lat, Vietnam in 1962, Charles and his family – parents and five siblings – relocated to Guam just before the fall of Saigon. They spent two years on Guam before settling in San Francisco in 1977.
Always having had a passion for food, Charles opened his first restaurant, The Slanted Door, on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1995. It was an immediate popular and critical success. The restaurant played a significant role in the revitalization of this vibrant area.
In 2004, the nationally acclaimed, The Slanted Door, became one of the principal tenants of San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building and was instrumental in developing this landmark into one of the country’s premier food destinations.
That year, he also won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef of California and in 2011 was inducted into the foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.
Since then, Phan has opened six successful restaurants, all located in San Francisco, a city with a famously vibrant food scene. His enduring vision to showcase farm-fresh, locally sourced ingredients and prepare everything from scratch has kept The Slanted Door Group of restaurants on the forefront of San Francisco’s dining scene.
Charles’ first book, VIETNAMESE HOME COOKING, hopes to inspire readers to make interesting, fast, flavorful and healthy Vietnamese dishes in their home kitchens.