As featured on the Los Angeles Times website! For authentic Vietnamese food savvy diners need look no further than Southern California's Little Saigon. From the French-inspired bakeries, the coffeehouses, and the food courts, to the weekend mayhem of the noodle houses and wedding receptions at boisterous seafood restaurants, The Little Saigon Cookbook takes you inside this spectacular enclave and introduces you to the extraordinary meals that Vietnamese diners and others in the know enjoy every day. The Le family was one of the first to settle and work in Little Saigon after fleeing Vietnam as boat people in 1975. With this cookbook, Ann Le shares the family recipes that she grew up with - many of which survived through oral history alone. She also provides insider tidbits on this wonderful cuisine so home cooks can create their own Vietnamese dishes, just like the locals.Try these Vietnamese favorites at home: Traditional Shredded Chicken and Cabbage Salad Grilled Beef with Lemongrass and Garlic Rice Flour Crepes with Mushrooms and Ground PorkBeef PhoBraised Eggplant and Tofu in Caramel Sauce Vietnamese Water Spinach Sauteed with Garlic Steamed Tilapia with Ginger, Scallions, and Onions Drunken Crab Warm "Shaking Beef" Salad with Watercress and TomatoesChicken Braised in Ginger and CoconutCrispy Coconut and Turmeric Crepes Banana Tapioca in Coconut MilkFresh Avocado ShakeLe, Ann is the author of 'Little Saigon Cookbook Vietnamese Cuisine And Culture In Southern California's Little Saigon', published 2006 under ISBN 9780762738311 and ISBN 0762738316.