William Daley of the Chicago Tribune called yesterday to talk about the book. He’s been a tremendous supporter of my work since Into the Vietnamese Kitchen came out in 2006, describing me as the Julia Child of Vietnamese cooking. I should have had that tattooed somewhere but I’m a chicken for pain. One of the things that Bill commented on was the gorgeous banh mi photography.
When I got the first copy of The Banh Mi Handbook, the images seemed nearly 3-dimensional, to leap from the page. I recalled photographer Paige Green telling me how happy she was to get the gift of beautiful food to shoot.
We worked really hard on the photos for the book, as I wrote about the shoot earlier this year. There’s a team involved and prior to the actual shoot, I send out a gallery of photos that I’ve taken while writing the book. The homegrown banh mi photos are for reference and give us a jumpstart on planning how each shot will go, the props, styling options, etc.
There is only so much space in a book that can go toward pictures. Otherwise, we’d have to cut the instructions short and I don’t think you’d like that! But I have the photos and want to share them with you so you’ll be fully informed and inspired. Why hold back, right? Here we go, from the beginning to the end of The Banh Mi Handbook. About 90% of the recipes are represented here. I imagine that you can figure out the rest.