Easy Vietnamese comfort food recipes from the winner of MasterChef Season 3.
In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, this remarkable home cook, who specializes in the mouthwatering, wildly popular Vietnamese comfort foods of her childhood, as well as beloved American standards that she came to love growing up in Texas, re-learned how to cook. Using her heightened senses, she turns out dishes that are remarkably delicious, accessible, luscious, and crave-worthy.
Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Christine sweep the thrilling MasterChef Season 3 finale, and here they can find more of her deftly crafted recipes. They'll discover food that speaks to the best of both the Vietnamese diaspora and American classics, personable tips on how to re-create delicious professional recipes in a home kitchen, and an inspirational personal narrative bolstered by Ha's background as a gifted writer. Recipes from My Home Kitchen will braid together Christine's story with her food for a result that is one of the most compelling culinary tales of her generation.
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About the Author
Christine Ha is the winner of Season Three of MasterChef. Legally blind, she wants her skill to inspire others with disabilities that anything is possible. She lives in Houston, where she is completing an MFA in creative writing at The University of Houston.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Snacks and Starters 1
Chapter 2 A Bowl of Comfort 31
Chapter 3 From My Mama's Kitchen 53
Chapter 4 Western Classics 77
Chapter 5 Food for Casual Gatherings 101
Chapter 6 On the Side 127
Chapter 7 Something Sweet 149
Chapter 8 A Stock, Sauces, Vinaigrettes, and Seasonings 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was, like many, inspired by Christine Ha while watching her on MasterChef Season 3. Somehow, I completely missed the show until the finale, so I got to see her win, then I had to go back and pick up previous episodes, discover her blog, etc. The more I read, the more I liked. So when I found out she got a cookbook deal with her win, I couldn't wait to dig into it, especially considering the way she mixes southern comfort foods (I live in Arkansas) with Asian cuisine (hands-down my favorite). So what did I think? Can I give more than five stars? :) I really like the straight-forward way Ha explains his recipes and the history behind them. She also has many cooking tips that are easy to understand, helping amateur cooks like myself learn more about the art. I've already got a recipe planned to fix, as I'm making the Cháo Gà for lunch tomorrow. Can't wait!
I watched last season's Master Chef shows just because of Christine Ha and cheered her on all the way. She is proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Her cookbook is a treasure. The recipes are easy to follow and I love that she added suggestions for substitutions and little how-to advise for some of the ingredients and techniques. I will be eagerly awaiting future cookbooks from Ms. Ha!
I like the combination of american and asian foods. Christine explains her choices, like the coconut soda for example, so I do not make buying errors. I will try new things because her recipes are unique but not complicated. She has included helpful cooking advice as to the why and how of her dishes. She is a pleasant person and her personality is reflected in the stories about her food.
We watched Christine on Master Chef the complete season. She was was get and her recipes all looked great. So When we found her cookbook we has to get it. Her recipes in the book look easy. We have tried a few so far and they were very good.
I highly recommend this book for those who love to cook, who love Asia food, are fans of Masterchef, and support those who have disabilities.
I've tried some of the recipes and my family was impressed! First cookbook on my HD. It is great.
I was so happy to see Christine's book published and ordered it immediately. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in it and returned it a few days later.