In Vietnamese, ANGÇ¥ means TO EAT,GÇ¥ a happy coincidence, since the An family has built an award-winning restaurant empire including the renowned celebrity favorite Crustacean Beverly Hillsthat has been toasted by leading food press, including Bon App+¬tit, Gourmet, InStyle and the Food Network. Helene An, executive chef and matriarch of the House of An, is hailed as the mother of fusionGÇ¥ and was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute for her signature style that brings together Vietnamese, French, and California- fresh influences. Now her daughter Jacqueline tells the family story and shares her mother's delicious and previously secretGÇ¥ recipes, including Mama'sGÇ¥ Beef Pho, Drunken Crab, and Oven-Roasted Lemongrass Chicken.
Helene's transformation from pampered princessGÇ¥ in French Colonial Vietnam, to refugee then restaurateur, and her journey from Indochina's lush fields to family kitchen gardens in California are beautifully chronicled throughout the book. The result is a fascinating peek at a lost world, and the evolution of an extraordinary cuisine. The 100 recipes in An: To Eat feature clean flavors, simple techniques, and unique twists that could only have come from Helene's personal story.