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First Look: SF Chef Charles Phan's the Slanted Door Cookbook

The Bay Area chef recounts 20 years of his modern Vietnamese creations.

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Here's The Slanted Door, Charles Phan's followup to his excellent 2012 book, Vietnamese Home Cooking. Named after Phan's restaurant, the book features what it calls "modern Vietnamese food." Where Vietnamese Home Cooking is rustic and traditional, The Slanted Door is full of restaurant recipes, big shiny photographs, and the story of Phan's San Francisco career. It's bigger, more refined, and (bonus) it comes with a bunch of bar director Erik Adkins' cocktail recipes. What's not to like?

The chapters are loosely divided between a chronological history of the Slanted Door, which has moved locations several times in its 20 year existence, interspersed with recipes divided by course (Starters, Cocktails, Raw Bar, Salads, Soups, Mains, Desserts). It also contains the recipe for the restaurant's famed Shaking Beef, and wine notes.

The Slanted Door, which was written with Janny Hu and contains photographs by Ed Anderson, is out now from Ten Speed (order on Amazon).

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