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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Having been lucky enough to experience first-hand the wonder that is Uyen Luu's gastronomic talent - I've attended the amazing, groundbreaking supper club hosted in her Hackney home many times and been knocked out by the quality of dishes that emerge from what is essentially an ordinary domestic kitchen - it's no surprise to find this new book (the first of many by Uyen, no doubt) as colourful and dynamic as she and her food.

Anyone with even a passing interest in the flavours of southeast Asia will find much here to inspire and delight; the writing is clear, the recipes easy to understand for even a novice and the photography is charming and beautiful. The opportunity to attempt to emulate the dishes Uyen has created for this gorgeous book is just too tempting to pass up.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
I enjoy Vietnamese food and have bought a couple of other recommended Vietnamese cook books in the past meaning to try cooking it at home. But somehow they didn't inspire me and the recipes looked either rather dull or occasionally very complex.

However Uyen Luu's book is lively and interesting and I've cooked several excellent recipes from it in the last two months. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
This book is inspiring, helping me to make more adventurous food whilst experiencing a different culture. Thank you Uyen Luu for introducing me to such beautiful food.....always a winner at dinner parties !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2013
I have always loved Vietnamese food, but until I bought this book, I didn't have the confidence to make it for myself. This book is beautiful, as are the recipes, and I Will certainly be turning to this book again and again for inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
I recently returned from a fantatsic trip to Vietnam and I wanted an authentic cook book in some of the Vietnamese classics.
This hit the spot and is very intuitive and easy to understand.
Great cookbook !!
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on 9 May 2014
Being Vietnamese i bought this for a friend. I flicked through it and it looked quite good with conventional and unconventional dishes unfortunately i wasn't able to try them out. Good looking and well made book. I gave it a four star which might be a tad harsh as there were duplicated pages in the middle, taking away from the quality feel. Fortunately it were duplications as opposed to missing pages. There are not a lot of accessible books available on Vietnamese cooking, this one is a good introduction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2013
Firstly, this book is a great introduction to Vietnamese cookery which takes you through ingredients, different mealtimes and how Vietnamese people feel and think about food. The recipes are easy to follow and those that I've tried are delicious! But also, it is really beautifully designed and produced, with excellent photography - it feels special and makes an attractive addition to any bookshelf. Some of the ingredients can be difficult to track down if you don't have a specialist Vietnamese shop near to you, but nonetheless I think this would make a great gift for anyone who loves food and cooking.
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on 18 June 2014
Uyen's book is fabulous. It's not very big but each recipe is a star and is so authentic and achievable it really is like taking a trip back to Vietnam without the hassle or expense. It is a cuisine which relies on lots of fresh herbs, so it's great for summer, the chicken salad may not sound like the most exciting recipe but it is so delicious i can't stop making it.
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on 11 July 2015
It was worth the wait. The pictures are beautiful, the recipes delicious and the author also explains about the food culture of Vietnam. So interesting! Although I can't find many of the ingredients where I live, I can't wait to start cooking from it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
i should declare that I am biased. I have been on one of Uyen's cooking courses, which was truly sensational. So I've been cooking some of the dishes that are so nicely set out in this cook book for a few months already. In particular I have cooked her take on the classic Pho many times now and it's always a delicious, uplifting, nutritious experience that will never tire. This recipe alone makes the book price worthwhile in my view. I've got loads of cookbooks and cook from scratch almost every day. I am as excited about getting to know some of the new dishes in this book as i have been for any book in my collection. The only drawback I can think of for someone thinking of buying this book is that some of the ingredients can be a little tricky to get hold of unless you can get to a specialist Vietnamese shop. I live about 6 miles from one and so I stock up from time to time on good fish sauce, noodles and dried spices that form the backbone of many dishes. The book does introduce some unusual herbs, which need to be sourced fresh from a specialist Vietnamese shop, but I have found that most of the dishes can be cooked by substituting easy to get hold of herbs such as common mint, coriander, chilli, etc and so even if you don't have a specialise store nearby you'll be able to make really delicious if not 100% authentic food from this book. Very highly recommended. Start enjoying Uyen's recipes tomorrow!
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