Koto takes you on a dish-by-dish journey through the regions of Vietnam: from the Northern Highlands to the Mekong Delta, from the hustle and bustle of the streets in Hanoi to the quiet life in the French hill station, Dalat; from the Chinese-inspired cuisine of the north to the royal cuisine of the centre and the tropical fare of the south.
Stunningly photographed by Michael Fountoulakis, this book will inspire the gourmet traveler in us all.
Written by well-known Melbourne Chef, Tracey Lister and her husband Andreas Pohl, Koto is based on their experiences living in Vietnam where they were involved in Koto restaurant, a charity that trains disadvantaged youth and street kids to be chefs.
Tracey and Andreas have produced a beautifully illustrated volume with over 70 authentic recipes that work in the home kitchen, combining local food and ingredients with tales about the country, its country, its cuisine and the people they met.
Jimmy Pham, founder of Koto restaurant, has written the foreword for the book and the authors' book royalties will go back into his charity. A Vietnamese-Australian expat, he was featured recently in the popular ABC documentary, Jimmy's Kitchen.
Tracey Lister is a chef who knows how to shop, cook and eat in Vietnam. After 15 years of working in some of the finest kitchens in Melbourne, she moved to Hanoi to help start Koto, a grass-root charity that helps street kids by giving them vocational training.
Andreas Pohl started his working life as a freelance journalist, but for the last 15 years has worked in international education, mainly in Vietnam. he volunteered as a project consultant for Koto and continues to support the project.
Review: With so many exciting ingredients available, Koto opens up the mind and palette to new tastes and sensations.
Hardie Grant Books
Author: Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl