Secrets of the Red Lantern

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Best-selling author is another title Pauline Nguyen can add to her extraordinary CV. Winner of the 2008 Best Debut Writer, part cookbook, part memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern is a dazzling look into what binds a family together.

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Best-selling author is another title Pauline Nguyen can add to her extraordinary CV. Winner of the 2008 Best Debut Writer, part cookbook, part memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern is a dazzling look into what binds a family together.

The sumptuous hardcover book details the Nguyens’ flee from communist Vietnam, where three-year-old Pauline and her family spent nine days at sea in a tiny, handmade fishing boat. Studded between Pauline’s memories and raw, personal reflections are the magnificent recipes that make up the bedrock of the Nguyen family.

At the heart of Pauline’s 275 traditional Vietnamese recipes is the power of food to elevate and transform. Recipes like Goi Du Du (Green Papaya Salad with Prawns and Pork), Bun Rieu (Crab and Tomato Soup with Vermicelli Noodles) and Che Khoai Mon (Black Sticky Rice with Taro) are scattered amid rich culinary photography to make the taste buds tingle. Secrets of the Red Lantern details the twists and turns taken by two generations of one family, leading to the opening of Pauline’s iconic restaurant, Sydney’s Red Lantern – the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world.

In my family, food is our language. Food enables us to communicate the things we find so hard to say.” -Pauline Nguyen

Overflowing with sumptuous but simply prepared dishes that have been passed down through generations of the Nguyen family, Secrets of the Red Lantern is part Vietnamese cookbook and part family memoir.

More than 275 traditional Vietnamese recipes are presented alongside a visual narrative of food and family photographs that follows the family’s escape from war-torn Vietnam to the successful founding of the Red Lantern restaurant.

At the heart of each recipe is the power of food to elevate and transform. From a recipe of cari de that sparks a memory to the distinctly bitter melon soup that says, “I’m sorry,” Secrets of the Red Lantern shares the rich culinary heritage of the Nguyen family and their personal story of reconciliation and success.

Recipes like Bun Rieu (Crab and Tomato Soup with Vermicelli Noodles), Goi Du Du (Green Papaya Salad with Prawns and Pork), and Che Khoai Mon (Black Sticky Rice with Taro), unlock the family’s secrets and see the family persevere through homesickness, heartache, and the upheavals of change to finally experience growth and celebration. The result is a beautiful journey through Vietnamese history, culture, and tradition.

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ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0740777432
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780740777431
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0740777431
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.65 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches