Synopses & Reviews
Light, Fresh, Exotic, and Delicious!
Tangy, sweet, and savory traditional dipping sauces. Mouthwatering soups. Innovative stir-fries. The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking offers just that—the very best! Weaving a fascinating memoir amidst her splendid recipes, Mai Pham recreates the almost magical reverence with which food was prepared and enjoyed in the Vietnam and Thailand of her childhood. Inside she discloses the secrets to preparing her personal favorites—delicious dishes such as:
Firecracker Prawns • Minty Thai Chicken Salad
Hot and Spicy Chicken with Lemon Grass • Spicy Red Beef Curry
Crispy Spring Rolls • Eggplant and Broccoli in Ginger
Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad • Rice Paper-Wrapped Salad Rolls
Bangkok Beef with Basil • Lemon Grass Stir-Fried Jasmine Rice
Vegetarian Pad Thai • Perfectly Roasted Peanuts • Thai Tea
Evocative, lyrical, and eloquent, The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking is more than a collection of great recipes—its a pleasure to read.
Balancing the bold flavors of Thai cooking with the light, cool style of Vietnamese cuisine, Mai Pham offers a marvelous array of dishes, from Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken to Sticky Rice and Fresh Mangoes.
About the Author
Born in Vietnam and raised in Thailand, Mai Pham came to the U.S. with her family in 1975. After working as a television reporter for several years, she decided to pursue a career she truly loves—cooking. Today, in addition to being chef and owner of the award-winning Lemon Grass Restaurants and Lemon Grass Cafes in Sacramento, California, Mai teaches Southeast Asian cooking. She is married to Trong Nguyen, founder of the Northern California-based La Bou Bakery/Cafe chain.
Table of Contents
If I Could
1. How Mom Cooked
practicality, equipment, and technique
2. The Quintessential
sauces, marinades, and basic ingredients
3. Two Sisters
appetizers and small dishes
4. What About Lemon Grass
the herb and refreshing salads
5. A Little Bit of Home
pho bo and other soups
6. A Tall, Kind Woman
poultry and meat dishes
7. Those Four Days
8. Never Taste the Same
rice and noodles
9. Perfect Black Skin
fish and shellfish
10. Dream On