Thursday, December 1, 2011

Finding France in Vietnam

Note to Self: Must check out this book by Luke Nguyen and 
brush up on my Vietnamese cooking.

From Amazon UK

Product Description

"Indochine" sees Red Lantern's Luke Nguyen revisit his beloved Vietnam and seek out the food and cultural remnants of this former French colonial empire. On his regular visits to Vietnam today, Luke is often struck by the appearance of people wearing berets, speaking French and the aromas of coffee and butter emanating from cafes and patisseries. The recipes and accompanying stories showcase the French influence upon Vietnamese history and cuisine. Against a backdrop of grand colonial hotels, bars, restaurants and terraces, to private estates dressed in antiques and textiles of the period, Luke talks to chefs, bakers and family members to extract the very essence of French-Vietnamese cuisine. From coffee and croissants at breakfast to high tea and supper, Luke unravels the origins of Vietnamese dishes such as pho, which began life as a 'pot au feu', and experiments with new versions of traditional Vietnamese food. "Indochine" appeals to lovers of French, Vietnamese food and travel alike. This title is from the author of best-selling cookbooks "Secrets of the Red Lantern" and "The Songs of Sapa". It features vibrant food photography shot entirely in Vietnam and more than 100 regional recipes showcasing Vietnam's French culinary roots.

About the Author

Luke Nguyen opened his award-winning restaurant, Red Lantern, in 2002 with his sister Pauline and her partner chef Mark Jensen. Luke's TV work includes Food Safari and Heat in the Kitchen, and he currently hosts his own cooking show, Luke Nguyen's Vietnam.

Other books by Luke Nguyen

Radio interview with Luke on ABC Australia on 8 November 2011 HERE


  1. Oh Jeanne, what a fabulous place to start with for preparing your palate. Watching the film of the same name with Catherine Deneuve might also inspire you. J x

  2. Yes, you must watch the Deneuve movie! A Vietnam themed section of the little bookshop comes to mind!:-) Graham Greene: The Quiet American??