Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: The Slanted Door by Charles Phan

The long-awaited cookbook from The Slanted Door, James Beard award-winning chef Charles Phan’s beloved San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant.

Award-winning chef and restaurateur Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco in 1995, inspired by the food of his native Vietnam. 
Since then, The Slanted Door has grown into a world-class dining destination, and its accessible, modern take on classic Vietnamese dishes is beloved by diners, chefs, and critics alike. 

The Slanted Door is a love letter to the restaurant, its people, and its food. Featuring stories in addition to its most iconic recipes, The Slanted Door both celebrates a culinary institution and allows home cooks to recreate its excellence.

Received for review.

I’d frankly never heard of the author until I saw this book, but I simply could not pass up a beautiful cookbook so I snapped this up.

This is a gorgeous volume with beautifully photographed representations of most recipes. The recipes are easy to understand and, in most circumstances, reasonably easy to make for most home cooks. I haven’t had much access to “real” Vietnamese cooking so I can’t speak to how authentic these recipes are but they sound good and there are several I’d like to try, including his Spring Rolls.

Overall I was quite impressed and inspired to try out the world of Vietnamese cooking - which is exactly what any good cookbook should do. I certainly recommend this to cookbook fans.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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