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Past Event

Renowned Chef Andrea Nguyen Celebrates Vietnamese Classics (Without the Meat)

She’s been called “America’s queen of Vietnamese home cooking.” And in her new cookbook, chef Andrea Nguyen reminds us that practicing a plant-based diet should not hold you back from enjoying your favorite Vietnamese dishes. In her fresh new cookbook Ever-Green Vietnamese, Nguyen introduces more than 125 plant-based recipes infusing centuries of Vietnamese culture and Buddhist tradition, shifting perspectives on what is widely viewed as a meat-dominated cuisine. Featuring a range of recipes from vegan fish sauce to shiitake imperial rolls, Nguyen brings iconic dishes hailing from Nguyen’s native Vietnam straight to your home kitchen. 

Nguyen’s approach incorporates the accessible and resourceful teaching style that has earned her a spot on Epicurious’s list of the top 100 greatest home cooks of all time. A seasoned author, Nguyen has previously written six renowned books, including the James Beard Award-winning The Pho Cookbook. She’ll be in conversation with writer and editor Rachel Khong, former managing editor of Lucky Peach magazine.

And after the program, join us for light Vietnamese bites from San Francisco’s Noodle Girl restaurant.


This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Nguyen photo by Aubrie Pick.

May 30, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Andrea Nguyen

Author, Ever-Green Vietnamese; Chef; Cookbook Author

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Rachel Khong

Author, Goodbye, Vitamin and Real Americans (forthcoming from Knopf in 2024)—Moderator