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Mothers and daughters can read together and discuss preferably over a steaming bowl of phoKieu is an every woman trying to navigate challenges that plague so many of us a difficult mother who shows her love in all the wrong ways a mix of insecurity and uneasy pride when it comes to her passion in life bringing traditional Vietnamese cooking to the US with the twist of doing so with simple recipes featuring ingredients easy to find When to her astonishment she is chosen to compete in the reality TV cooking program 'Sliced and Diced' famously cutthroat and competitive she embarks on a journey of pe. I feel somewhat guilty giving this book two stars I probably would've given it a better rating if it were categorized as a memoir perhaps something akin to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior which would make up for the stories within a story format that has been hectically executed To me the stories about the women in Kieu's life are interesting and to an extent informative with regards to Vietnamese culture but to whom she's telling these stories is a bit unclear to me Sure it's dedicated to her family but if her intended audience is the Vietnamese community the detailed explanations about Vietnamese customs seemed a bit redundant If her intended audience is Vietnamese immigrants andor Western readers who don't know much about Vietnamese culture then I fail to see what she's trying to accomplish She presents not only too intricate details about the recipes featured but also stories after stories loaded with new information both culturally and linguistically tied together through the theme of cultural norms yet this theme isn't revisited at the end of the novel or at least not resolved in a satisfactory way As a Vietnamese child who struggles with C PTSD whose family who actually isn't as bad as Kieu's the resolution between Kieu and her mother is unconvincing to me because of how uickly her mother admits to feeling not enough and especially how there's little to no build up to that moment of reconciliation between Kieu and her mother It doesn't feel credible Yes Kieu was changed after the competition but what about her mother Something must have happened that made her feel like telling the truth to Kieu Of course Kieu is telling her own story and everyone has a different story However with the emotional realism embedded in VietnamEazy I truly expected a gradual and satisfactory process of reconciliation between Kieu and her mother In other words I want it to be realistic One detail about the narrative that doesn't sit well with me is the freuency at which Vietnamese culture has been generalized in here In every chapter Kieu tells a story or two about her own experiences from which she makes sweeping generalizations about Vietnamese cultural norms and values While I'm not objecting to her claims as they're generally true the way Kieu keeps saying in Vietnamese culture you must do this and if you don't do this in Vietnamese culture you'll be ostracized by the entire community makes the book read like a Vietnamese culture 101 in a scary way I feel like Kieu's acting as the spokesperson for Vietnamese culture or something Hence this line towards the end is especially unsettling to me Her parenting might have violated every rule in the book by contemporary Western standards yet she had done what she could with all the heart and soul she could muster and she had helped prepare me for my extraordinary life Because of the Vietnamese culture representative vibe that Kieu emits throughout the book this sentence reads like a collective forgiving from all Vietnamese children who have been traumatized by their parentsfamilyculture Because hey we turned out fine didn't we Just a couple of panic attacks and trauma flashbacks every once in a while All that pain was definitely an effective way to help us prepare for the futureOn a positive note I definitely enjoyed reading the writing style It's a bit corny at times but that's understandable for this type of novel I like the linguistic and cultural tidbits about Vietnamese pronouns and idioms The novel is in general easy to read and very informative

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Rsonal discovery that will take her in surprising new directions leaving her in the end with no easy answers but a deeper sense of connection to her mother and grandmother and to the land of her birth Along the way Cron a gifted cook brings alive the delectable flavors and textures of Vietnamese food Each of the eight chapters starts with a recipe which the story of the chapter then evokes in vivid unforgettable detail and together the eight recipes of the book add up to an entire feast literally an epic meal much like that served to Vietnamese Emperors and also figuratively a feast of story tellin. This book confused me Somehow I went into it thinking it was a memoir You can hardly blame me It's structured like a memoir It reads like a memoir with a mixture of reminiscences and family stories in the context of a modern plot line There are what look like family photos at the beginnings of chapters I was at least half way through when I realized that there were no captions under the family photos These were not photos of the characters in the book Then I went back and looked at the title again A novel about It's right there in the title This was not a memoir but in fact a work of fiction Sigh So what did I think about it as a novel I liked it I really liked the reality competition cooking show I watch a lot of those shows and it was fun to imagine one from the viewpoint of one of the contestants with all the inside scoop included It was short as novels go The main character's marriage history was confusing I was never clear on the number of times she had been married and what may have happened to end her marriages I was also unclear on some of her travels around the world I get how she made her way to Paris But what brought her to the US And why did she leave her grandmother in Paris So even as a novel there were parts that confused me The cultural aspects of being a modern Vietnamese American with traditional Vietnamese parents was interesting The connection of food with family and tradition was well done Overall I liked it but feel that there are too many flaws to give it 4 stars The Gypsy's Song (Destiny's Consent) in surprising new directions leaving her Titanic Lessons for It Projects in the end with no easy answers but a deeper sense of connection to her mother and grandmother and to the land of her birth Along the way Cron a gifted cook brings alive the delectable flavors and textures of Vietnamese food Each of the eight chapters starts with a recipe which the story of the chapter then evokes Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed: Texts Translated and Edited with Introductions in vivid unforgettable detail and together the eight recipes of the book add up to an entire feast literally an epic meal much like that served to Vietnamese Emperors and also figuratively a feast of story tellin. 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Trami Nguyen Cron ✓ 7 summary

Like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed The Sympathizer VietnamEazy captures with startling honesty and detail the dizzying dislocation that so many Vietnamese arrivals in the United States have experienced and like Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club explores the age old mysteries of the mother daughter relationship It tells the story of Kieu a Vietnamese American woman and her uest for success on a TV cooking show introducing the intoxicating allure of Vietnamese food to a general audience interwoven with the haunting sorrowful tale of her family and upbringing This is a universal tale of redemption that. I really loved all of the family history phrases in Vietnamese explanations of cultural differences and mannerisms and women's role and expectations in Vietnam Kieu's relationship with her husband is lacking a good reflective explanation though


10 thoughts on “VietnamEazy

  1. says:

    I just finished reading this charmingly written novel that looks at the Vietnamese culture a family’s idiosyncrasies and of course the importance of foodcooking to the Vietnamese culture In this book the author conveys how the lives of three generations of women are intertwined as each attempts to adapt to the challenges between their two worlds It explores the age old mystery of a “mother daughter” relationship while the main character Kieu is on her uest for a successful television cooking show that will introduce the allure of Vietnamese food to the American audienceIt will make you chuckle perhaps even make you cry but most importantly it will make you stop and remember no matter your age or culture it is important to continue to dream and spread your wings


  2. says:

    I love me a cheesy book sadly there was no real cheese in this book


  3. says:

    I really loved all of the family history phrases in Vietnamese explanations of cultural differences and mannerisms and women's role and expectations in Vietnam Kieu's relationship with her husband is lacking a good reflective explanation though


  4. says:

    Every chapter of this #ownvoices novel opens with a recipe for a Vietnamese dish then alternates between 1 flashbacks of the fictional protagonist's childhood in Vietnam flight to France and later years in the US and 2 her participation in an episode of a reality TV cooking competition


  5. says:

    uick fun read from a new author whogives insight into both Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese immigrant experience She even includes a few recipes


  6. says:

    I feel somewhat guilty giving this book two stars I probably would've given it a better rating if it were categorized as a memoir perhaps something akin to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior which would make up for the stories within a story format that has been hectically executed To me the stories about the women in Kieu's life are interesting and to an extent informative with regards to Vietnamese culture but to whom she's telling these stories is a bit unclear to me Sure it's dedicated to her family but if her intended audience is the Vietnamese community the detailed explanations about Vietnamese customs seemed a bit redundant If her intended audience is Vietnamese immigrants andor Western readers who don't know much about Vietnamese culture then I fail to see what she's trying to accomplish She presents not only too intricate details about the recipes featured but also stories after stories loaded with new information both culturally and linguistically tied together through the theme of cultural norms yet this theme isn't revisited at the end of the novel or at least not resolved in a satisfactory way As a Vietnamese child who struggles with C PTSD whose family who actually isn't as bad as Kieu's the resolution between Kieu and her mother is unconvincing to me because of how uickly her mother admits to feeling not enough and especially how there's little to no build up to that moment of reconciliation between Kieu and her mother It doesn't feel credible Yes Kieu was changed after the competition but what about her mother? Something must have happened that made her feel like telling the truth to Kieu Of course Kieu is telling her own story and everyone has a different story However with the emotional realism embedded in VietnamEazy I truly expected a gradual and satisfactory process of reconciliation between Kieu and her mother In other words I want it to be realistic One detail about the narrative that doesn't sit well with me is the freuency at which Vietnamese culture has been generalized in here In every chapter Kieu tells a story or two about her own experiences from which she makes sweeping generalizations about Vietnamese cultural norms and values While I'm not objecting to her claims as they're generally true the way Kieu keeps saying in Vietnamese culture you must do this and if you don't do this in Vietnamese culture you'll be ostracized by the entire community makes the book read like a Vietnamese culture 101 in a scary way I feel like Kieu's acting as the spokesperson for Vietnamese culture or something Hence this line towards the end is especially unsettling to me Her parenting might have violated every rule in the book by contemporary Western standards yet she had done what she could with all the heart and soul she could muster and she had helped prepare me for my extraordinary life Because of the Vietnamese culture representative vibe that Kieu emits throughout the book this sentence reads like a collective forgiving from all Vietnamese children who have been traumatized by their parentsfamilyculture Because hey we turned out fine didn't we? Just a couple of panic attacks and trauma flashbacks every once in a while All that pain was definitely an effective way to help us prepare for the futureOn a positive note I definitely enjoyed reading the writing style It's a bit corny at times but that's understandable for this type of novel I like the linguistic and cultural tidbits about Vietnamese pronouns and idioms The novel is in general easy to read and very informative


  7. says:

    This book confused me Somehow I went into it thinking it was a memoir You can hardly blame me It's structured like a memoir It reads like a memoir with a mixture of reminiscences and family stories in the context of a modern plot line There are what look like family photos at the beginnings of chapters I was at least half way through when I realized that there were no captions under the family photos These were not photos of the characters in the book Then I went back and looked at the title again A novel about It's right there in the title This was not a memoir but in fact a work of fiction Sigh So what did I think about it as a novel? I liked it I really liked the reality competition cooking show I watch a lot of those shows and it was fun to imagine one from the viewpoint of one of the contestants with all the inside scoop included It was short as novels go The main character's marriage history was confusing I was never clear on the number of times she had been married and what may have happened to end her marriages I was also unclear on some of her travels around the world I get how she made her way to Paris But what brought her to the US And why did she leave her grandmother in Paris? So even as a novel there were parts that confused me The cultural aspects of being a modern Vietnamese American with traditional Vietnamese parents was interesting The connection of food with family and tradition was well done Overall I liked it but feel that there are too many flaws to give it 4 stars


  8. says:

    Although I enjoyed learning a bit about the food and culture of Vietnam in this novel by Trami Nguyen Cron overall I didn't like the book much The story is about a Vietnamese American woman who has entered a reality television cooking contest in hopes of hosting her own cooking show This part of the story is the backdrop to learning about her family history in Vietnam after the war The book also attempts to make this a mother daughter story but it falls short of being believable In explaining about the culture she comes from Kieu the protagonist provides examples of her mother's critical nature Kieu complains that her mother does not love her but never attributes her mother's behavior to her own upbringing Then at the end suddenly Kieu feels compelled to confront her mother about the emotional distance between them and the mother confesses her own self doubts leaving Kieu feeling compassion rather than confusion and anger All in two pages This anti climatic resolution felt much too convenientThe parts of the book that involved the cooking show and Kieu's choices of dishes to prepare was written better than the mother daughter portions and the choices made by family members in the midst of war and its aftermath helped me understand the culture which influenced Kieu It seemed odd that the character didn't apply the insight that she shared with the reader


  9. says:

    This was a fun book to read as casual reading over the holidays The descriptions of VietnameseFood were really good and some of the reality TV stuff was fun Though I’m not sure I love the memoir style done as a novel I kind of kept wanting it to be real but then had to remind myself it wasn’t But overall it was a fun read


  10. says:

    Her parenting might have violated every rule in the book by contemporary Western standards yet she had done what she could with all the heart and soul she could muster and she had helped prepare me for my extraordinary life


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