£19.99
  • RRP: £25.00
  • You Save: £5.01 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Songs of Sapa has been added to your Basket
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Songs of Sapa Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£19.99
£12.35 £16.58
£19.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Songs of Sapa
  • +
  • The Food of Vietnam
  • +
  • The Vietnamese Market Cookbook
Total price: £56.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741964652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741964653
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 4.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Luke Nguyen is a proprietor of the acclaimed Sydney restaurant, Red Lantern.


Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This generously, beautifully presented book is bursting with stunning photography and evocative stories from Vietnam alongside a comprehensive cook's trip around the country from North to South. Staples of Vietnamese cuisine - beef noodle soup and fish porridge, gorgeous roast pork - sit alongside other dishes both more complex and more approachable. Cooks of all levels should will something to appreciate.

The book really captures the character of the different regions of Vietnam - the relaxed coastal lifestyle of Na Trang, the cool, lush coffee-growing hills of Da Lat, the bustle and street food of Saigon. If you've been to Vietnam, this book should help bring memories flooding back through the food and the imagery. If you haven't been, this book should serve as a great introduction to Vietnamese food, and the country itself.
Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I have never bothered to review any books I have purchased on Amazon until this book. I absolutely love the recipes in this book; not only are they authentic, they all taste wonderful. My husband raves that all the dishes I have prepared from his book to be restaurant quality. I would even venture to say that they are even better than my mother's recipes. If you're looking for a really authentic Vietnamese cookbook, look no further!
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Luke Nguyen uses his extensive understanding of the food of Vietnam to tell his story of his travels. And he succeeds in creating a wonderful book.
Like the related book 'History of the Red Lantern' and his TV show 'Luke Nguyen's Vietnam' it reminds me so much of our recent (2008) holiday in Vietnam. The food is fabulous. The people are fabulous.
Through these books and TV show we get to glimpse at the lives of those who were able to flee Vietnam after the war and their dependents.
Both books are a great reads (my mother-in-law wants to read them as novels).
Recommended!
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Visually this book is very striking - with an awful lot of fascinating and attractive pictures of the Vietnamese landscape, the bustling cities and of course of the food. The recipes themselves are well laid-out, very pleasant and so far as I can tell (though I'm really not any kind of expert) very authentic. The overall organisation of the book is also pleasingly logical with recipes ordered according to region. The recipes are all furthermore put into some kind of cultural context via an accessible introductory passage to each region.

These passages, however accessible, are not brief, nor are they really objective, informative accounts of each region's culture. Collectively, they are instead, essentially, a travel log written in rambling prose, of which a large part is an account of various family reunions (but with the occasional interesting fact about Vietnam's food or culture thrown in). Given that with most contemporary food writing there will invariably be some sort of autobiographical or narrative preamble before each recipe section, they are usually easy to overlook or even enjoy out of idle curiosity. In this book however, they are pretty gratuitous. Upon opening this book to a random page, you are about as likely to encounter a non-food-related photograph (however pretty) or an excessively detailed description of a day of travelling and social interaction as you are one of the recipes.

I appreciate that many people enjoy this kind of travel writing and that for existing fans of Luke Nguyen a lot of this autobiographical detail would be fascinating. My expectation on buying this book was however, that it would primarily be a recipe book of generic interest for anyone wanting a concise but detailed account of Vietnam's food.
Read more ›
3 Comments 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This book is a real work of art and brings back so many memories of my travels around Vietnam, with a look at the cultural side as well as focusing on the culinary side it is a shear joy to own, so if you have an interest in the about you really should try this book out as the recipes turn out exactly as they would in Vietnamese home's and restaurants.

All I can say is buy it and enjoy,
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
As a book charting the author's journey through Vietnam, and detailing many of his experiences along the way (mostly involving food), this is wonderful. As someone who has travelled in Vietnam, this book really evokes a sense of the country and its people. The pictures are incredible, and the layout is excellent.

The large number of recipes are inspiring, and the instructions clear. However, and this may just be my lack of skills as a chef, some of the dishes are difficult to reproduce (in terms of taste). I'm not sure whether this is the fault of the book (perhaps lacking very detailed instructions?) - I would recommend buying this for a glimpse of Vietnam, inspiring recipes and wonderful photography. I really can't stress how beautiful the book is to read. But maybe seek out some vietnamese cooking classes or even travel to the country itself to ensure you can reproduce the recipes faithfully.

I suppose the best indication of my view on this book is that when I discovered the author had written another book on french-influenced Vietnamese food, I bought it straight away.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vietnamese cookbooks

Look for similar items by category


Feedback