Book review: Eating Viet Nam

Eating Vietnam (002)BY: Graham Holliday, former Reuters correspondent, BBC journalism trainer, and author of the blog noodlepie

WHAT: An English blogger/journalist goes on a culinary quest for the best street food in Vietnam.

FOR WHOM: For foodies, world travelers (more adventurous ones)

WHY: I loved this book, but must confess to a bit of bias, having served as a foreign correspondent myself in Southeast Asia.   Holliday conjures up both the revealing and revolting in his journey as he searches for the best (such as Vietnam’s finest pho, the ubiquitous noodle soup served both the north and south of the country) and sometimes encounters the worst. As he says, “You just kind of take chances. You just literally follow your nose.”  Some squeamish readers may find some of the incidents a bit too much. But this a lively, funny, well-written book. Bring on the pho!

PUBLISHER: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco Press, 2015


About The Author

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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