Van Tran and Ahn Vu are the owners of the popular market
stalls Banhmi11 and two market cafes, No. 101 and No. 17, in
London. Both born in Vietnam, they spent their childhoods in Hanoi.
They had no professional training as chefs when they left their
jobs in finance, but successfully filled a gap in London's culinary
scene with banh mi sandwiches, which led to their ever-expanding
restaurant empire. Their book, The Vietnamese Market
Cookbook, was first published in the UK in fall 2013 and was
lauded in The Guardian, Time Out London, Zest, Jamie Magazine,
The Sunday Telegraph, Top Sante Magazine, and Metro
London, among others. They live in London.
"Take a tour through the five flavors of Vietnamese cuisine--sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty--in this vibrant, educational cookbook created by Vietnamese-born sisters Tran and Vu. The two run several popular food stalls in London featuring their home cuisine, most notably the classic banh mi sandwich (of which there are several variations in the book). But this cookbook, which is organized by flavor profile rather than standard classifications like soups and main dishes, showcases so much more than sandwiches. Adventurous cooks will delight at recipes for beef pho, Hanoi shrimp fritters, and papaya salad with crispy anchovies. The book's gorgeous photos pay homage to the abundance of fresh produce starring in these dishes. Also included is an extensive section of master recipes and Vietnamese pantry staples." --Booklist