Let me begin by saying that The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food is a big, heavy, absolutely gorgeous cookbook! This is one that you would not hesitate to give as a gift either to someone extra special or to yourself. It’s that nice. It has everything you could want in a cookbook: beautiful photos, unbelievable recipes and a story to tell. Perhaps the story part is not what you look for in a cookbook, but for some I do. These are the cookbooks that I read like a novel, from cover to cover.
It is basically the story of The Slanted Door restaurant and how it came to be at it’s current location in San Francisco. The book is divided into sections based on the years and the location of the restaurant. Act One is from 1995-2002 and is on 584 Valencia Street. Act Two is 2002-2004 and is one 100 Brannan Street. Act Three is 2004-present and is on 1 Ferry Building. The recipes are divided up into sections: starters, cocktails, raw bar, salads, soups, mains, desserts, and basics.
The restaurant titles itself as modern Vietnamese cooking and these recipes do not disappoint. I have marked recipes to try in every section. Every recipe is accompanied by a large gorgeous photo.
Here are just a few of the recipes that I’ve marked to try:
Starters: Spring Rolls, Chive Cakes, and Nem Nuong (Vietnamese Meatballs).
Cocktails: I have actually made several from this section. The Mai Tai, Indian Summer, Bumble Bee, and The Dorchester were all delicious!
Raw Bar: Halibut and Scallop Ceviche.
Salads: Vietnamese Chicken Salad and Papaya Salad.
Soups: Spicy Lemongrass Soup.
Mains: Hainan Chicken, Braised Ginger Chicken, and Shaking Beef.
Desserts: Coconut Tapioca with Coconut-Lime Sorbet and Roasted Apricot Tarts
Basics: Flavored Fish Sauce, Peanut Sauce, and Pickled Carrots
A truly beautiful cookbook with approachable recipes.
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I was given a copy of this book for review from Blogging For Books. All opinions are my own.