A friend recently asked if I ever stop to take a break and right now, it’s kind of hard to. There are many exciting things going on with regard to interest in Asian food and Vietnamese food, and I’m happy to be part of that rising tide. I’ve been pushing the envelope for years, trying to spotlight the richness and nuance of Asian foodways. The cuisines of the region have just as much to offer as any other on this planet.
One sign of things pointing toward the Pacific is the summer 2016 issue of Lucky Peach: It is completely devoted to pho! If you’re not familiar with Lucky Peach, it’s a thought-provoking quarterly journal owned by uber chef David Chang. The award-winning arty magazine is considered a thought leader in today’s food media landscape. Lucky Peach asked me to contribute to the pho issue and I suggested a piece on the history of pho. Many wonder what its origin is – is it French? I spent a lot of time researching the pho backstory for my upcoming book and Lucky Peach excerpted the introduction.