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A Dash of This, That and The Other Thing

November 25, 2011 by Joan Nova in Asian, Product Recommendations | 9 Comments

A totally random post…a Vietnamese dish and two book reviews for foodies.

this…

My First Vietnamese Phở (pronounced fuh) at Kapow! It’s noodles, bean sprouts, raw beef, tripe, culantro, and Thai basil in a beef broth served with a side of sweet and spicy sauces to kick the flavor in the direction of your choice. I like it spicy and I loved the addition of fresh culantro. [Culantro is an under-the-radar herb that I've only found used heretofore in Puerto Rican cooking.]

Phở seems to me to be the perfect ‘hangover’ soup for those in need of one.

that…

Christine Najac is one of my dear So FL Foodie friends. She is the publisher of South Florida Food and Wine and the author of the hot-off-the-press Food Lovers’ Guide to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

More than a restaurant guide, the book is an entertaining read told in the edgy, funny and honest voice of the author. Features restaurants, markets, dining clubs, food trucks, events, beverages — and a special section on South Florida cocktails and recipes from local chefs (and a blogger you may know).

To order the book, click here.

and the other thing…

I’m only one-third through this book (I need a long plane ride), but I’m loving every morsel of it so I’m going to prematurely jump out there and recommend it. Put it on your list for Santa. It’s a fascinating read and delicious in every sense of the word.

From the publisher:

A breathtaking novel, rare and moving, about the world’s greatest chef and his unruly heart.

White Truffles in Winter imagines the world of the remarkable French chef Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who changed how we eat through his legendary restaurants at the Savoy and the Ritz.  A man of contradictions—kind yet imperious, food-obsessed yet rarely hungry—Escoffier was also torn between two women: the famous, beautiful, and reckless actress Sarah Bernhardt and his wife, the independent and sublime poet Delphine Daffis, who refused ever to leave Monte Carlo. In the last year of Escoffier’s life, in the middle of writing his memoirs, he has returned to Delphine, who requests a dish in her name as he has honored Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, and many others. How does one define the complexity of love on a single plate? N. M. Kelby brings us the sensuality of food and love amid a world on the verge of war in this work that shimmers with beauty and longing.

Available on kindle.

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!

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  1. bellini says:

    I am compiling a list of books I must read over the holidays so this is a good place to start.

  2. Dish looks great…comforting for today…the books will be purchased.
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  3. A new foodie novel??? How refreshing. Thanks for the recommendation–and the pho looks great.
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  4. White Truffles book now on my wish list.
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  5. ta-da!!!!! Thanks Joan!!! how great is this!!!

  6. sippitysup says:

    Reading? Oh I rememeber that… sadly it is merely a fond and distant memory. Must make the time to get reacquainted… GREG
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    • Joan says:

      I know what you mean…with all the blogs we read, there’s no time/interest/stamina to pick up a book like yesteryear! It takes me forever to finish a book these days. Most reading usually revolves around plane rides.

  7. The pho looks awesome, and thanks so much for a great book recommendation!

  8. stephchows says:

    I am sooo addicted to Pho!! And now I want to run out at lunch and get some! YUM!!

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