Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Friends & Recipe Testing For Book

By Leluu - I have moved to www.leluu.com - please read my posts and follow me there
Crispy pork belly with vermicelli
Last Autumn, I received a publishing deal with Ryland Peters & Small to produce a Vietnamese recipe cook book. I was really happy. Even more so than I had imagine being. I have been writing since I was seven years old, moving my mother and her friends to tears. They were mainly letters to my father, every day I would look to the sky and see aeroplanes, recites my mother, but it has been two months and you have not returned…

I couldn't believe that I had actually gotten a book deal because sometimes you think things are just impossible especially when these things have been cooked up in dreams from childhood. I had always had a big love for beautiful smelling books and I wanted to have one myself! I got that feeling people talked about, when an author is published for the first time. That awesome awesome feeling. I shook so hard with joy.  I celebrated with my agent. I rode my bicycle very drunk with the biggest fattest smile on my face in the rain!
Crispy chicken wings with sweet chilli fish sauce
My dream had come true and it had been staring me in the face for the past few months. I went to Vietnam to do more research and to take photographs. The book will contain 50 recipes written and tested, 60 styled (by me) recipe photographs by Clare Winfield; 40 travel photographs by me.

I have been cooking over 50 dishes in the last couple of months, maybe three times then asking a friend to follow my recipe to see if it works. They have been amazing in helping me adjust the flavour as well as instructions. READ MORE HERE
Udon noodle soup with dill fish cakes  

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