The Slanted Door is a cooking book written by Charles Phan, the chef and owner of the restaurant The Slanted Door in San Francisco. In this book Mr.Phan shares the variety of dishes served in his restaurant and inspired by his native Vietnam.
I was very excited for this book and it didn’t disappoint.
First of all this book is gorgeous. The binding with cloth details, the pleasant heaviness, the photography of food that would make your mouth water, the photography of the city– all of this is combined to make a book that is beautiful.
Second the food, oh the food is amazing! I want to try everything. The book is split into the following sections: Starters, Cocktails, Raw Bar, Salads, Soups, Mains and Desserts. Each section contains essays from Phan and his team about journey the restaurant made through the years. Each recipe has a little note describing how the dish came to be and/or the particular ingredient used.
Most of the dishes are ready to be prepared at home. The only part I am intimidated by is raw seafood (I am also landlocked, so getting very fresh fish is definitely an issue) and would probably not attempt these. But otherwise the ingredients sound familiar and surely can be found in my area. The cooking steps are clearly laid out and do not require special techniques. Lots of love for the dessert section, so many new things for me to try.
Overall impression: This book is restaurant cookbook so it may not be an immediate go-to for everyday dishes, but it has a wide variety of ideas for special treats. This book will make a fantastic gift. Five stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.