Cookbook Recommendation: The Slanted Door
In San Francisco, one of the food capitals of the United States, a gem surfaced 20 years ago that stands tall today. Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door is one of the city’s most acclaimed eateries. Now delivering the fruits of his mecca for modern Vietnamese cuisine to your home is The Slanted Door cookbook. Check out tapioca dumplings in banana leaves and delicately crafted crispy rice cakes. Discover lush vegetarian crepes and habit-forming shrimp with sugarcane. The classics are there too, such as papaya salad and braised ginger chicken, and are still transcendental. Dessert is a knockout. Don’t miss the spiced beignets and roasted apricot tarts. However, The Slanted Door isn’t a one trick pony. The restaurant is also widely praised for its cocktails, and the book delivers them too. Gorgeous to leaf through, The Slanted Door, at $40, is even better to cook from.