Wild, Wild East: Recipes and Stories from Vietnam
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Wild, Wild East: Recipes and Stories from Vietnam

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The world is discovering Vietnamese food, and it's a happy discovery indeed! Wild, Wild East is the creation of chef Bobby Chin, Hanoi's enfant terrible and renowned master of Vietnamese cuisine. He characterizes Vietnamese food as having fresh, clean flavors, and as being light, healthy, and diverse. More than a recipe book, Wild, Wild East is the author's authentic...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Barron's Educational Series (first published September 15th 2007)
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I picked this up as a bargain book and, honestly, if you can get it at the price grab it, knowing it is worth full price. The book is filled with numerous pictures of the dishes, of street vendors of people enjoying food. I am visual and so adore great pics in a recipe book.

Wild, Wild East encompasses varied and very unique recipes to me, but perhaps not to someone who is Vietnamese or Asian. There are items here I've never seen or heard of but which are part of wildly edible-looking recipes, s...more
This is an interesting cookbook - part recipes, part photography and part travelogue/ memoir. Bobby Chin is a pretty interesting guy who had the ambition for Vietnamese food way before anyone outside Vietnam knew that there was such a thing as Vietnamese cuisine. I'm a huge fan of Vietnamese cooking, so it was quite unsurprising that I picked up is book. I have not actually done any of the recipes yet, so I will not comment on those yet ( maybe I'll elaborate later). Bt I did read how Bobby was...more
Catherine Woodman
This is as much a travelogue as it is a cookbook, and both aspects of the book are very enjoyable. HTe author talks alot about what was hard to get used to when he got to Vietnam--the pervasive use of dogs as food being one of the more diffiult ones--both for me to read, and for the author to get used to. The recipes are geared toward a western palate and kitchen, and I would recommend it for increasing knowledge about Vietnam as a country and a culture.
Mar 09, 2011 Sps rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Not exactly a cookbook: though it has recipes, the book also has extended stories of the author's cooking and eating history and weirdly macho anecdotes from his Hanoi restaurant. (Apparently his top line cook's name is Fucker.) Kind of Henry Rollins, if he were bicultural and in a William Gibson novel.
this Book is the Nirvana from my library...
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