- 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)
The Songs of Sapa Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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About the Author
Luke Nguyen is a proprietor of the acclaimed Sydney restaurant, Red Lantern.
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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.
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).
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 ›
All I can say is buy it and enjoy,
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.
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This has become my favourite cook book. I've made loads of recipes from it and none of them have been bad. The pictures and descriptions luke has written are fabulous as well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like cookery books that are more than just recipes but also provide background and colour. This volume provides that type of introduction to Viet cuisinePublished 16 months ago by Max's Dad
Just briefly scanned as was a gift for somebody, but got hooked and was a shame I had to give it away.
More travelogue than recipe book.
This book is so pretty, with nice, thick matte paper. The pictures and design concept are by Luke's girlfriend and simply amazing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ms. A. Vu
Bought for a friend for Christmas who'd been to Vietnam, loved the food there and loves cooking.Published 24 months ago by Ms. S. A. Walpole
I took this book with us to Vietnam. It was a mine of information and we took great pleasure in finding the locations described and the food. Ah, the food. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2014 by Michelle LSL Jones
I totally love this book its beautiful and the recipe's are great. With a little bit of sourcing all the ingredients can be found. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by MS JA Hobday