A couple of weeks ago, Chaffee Pham sent a request to purchase signed copies of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen. She owned a copy and wanted to gift two books to her mother and aunt. (That's Chaffee and her mother above.) I don’t directly sell my work, but I do mail personalized notes as a way of “signing” their books.
After Chaffee received the notes, she sent this email:
I wanted to let you know that I received your personalized notes yesterday. Thank you so much again.....they arrived at an opportune time.
My mom made gio lua [Classic Silky Sausage] from your cookbook and invited my aunt over to try it. They both loved it! And when my aunt found out the recipe came from your book, she stole MY copy from my mom and is holding it hostage until she receives a copy for her birthday next week. She wasn't willing to wait until Christmas. :-)
My mom is basing Easter lunch this Sunday on recipes from your book. So exciting! It's so hard to find my mom a present that she'll really love and use, am so happy your cookbook fits the bill.