Video: Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan of The Slanted Door

by on May 23, 2012

To be able to work with people who love what they do is why we always feel so lucky to be doing what we do. Being able to photograph and film someone immersed in their work is truly inspiring. Chef Charles Phan is the perfect example of dedication, passion and love of one’s craft. So when Ten Speed Press asked us to travel to San Francisco to film the video promo for Charles’s latest cookbook, Vietnamese Home Cooking, we were especially excited to accept the project.

Chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door restaurant has a cookbook coming out this Summer called, Vietnamese Home Cooking. In his gorgeous cookbook, he shares tips, techniques and recipes for the home cook to make a wonderful Vietnamese meal for family and friends. We haven’t seen the final cookbook yet, but after tasting one of the dishes, this cookbook is sure to be approachable and encouraging for even the newest of cooks who want to learn Vietnamese home cooking.

Here is the video that we produced for Ten Speed Press and Charles Phan. It was a joy to be able to film Charles cooking alongside his 3 children in the kitchen. Moments like these when families get together to cook and eat together makes us love our job even more.

Hope you enjoy  his story.


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The Recipe Club shared some fun behind the scenes from the shoot on their blog, including this one of us. Photo Credit: The Recipe Club.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jeremy M May 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

I almost crashed my car the other day while driving through my neighborhood when I spotted a new Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Delectable memories of Little Saigon came flooding back. I cannot wait to eat there…


2 Kristina May 24, 2012 at 7:35 am

Nicely done! I’ve always wanted to eat at the Slanted Door, but so far have only made it to “Out the Door”. Now trying to figure out how to squeeze a meal in there next time I’m in SF (which is only for 48 hours).


3 White on Rice Couple May 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Kristina- thank you and when you finally do get through to the Slanted Door, you will be pleased.


4 AW May 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

We are going to SF in July. Will definitely make the effort to visit The Slanted Door. I’ve also preordered his book. So looking forward to the dining experiences–in SF and at home via his book!


5 White on Rice Couple May 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

AW- enjoy the book! Charles has so much great tips and techniques in the book that he teaches on Vietnamese food.


6 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas May 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Todd and Diane, this video is absolutely incredible (as usual). It really captures the beauty of food, but also the beauty of more and more people (especially the younger generation/kids) becoming more familiar with real, fresh food. Bravo!


7 JulieD May 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

I can’t wait for this book!! Love this video & I love the behind the scenes shot too!


8 Anh Rohrbach via Facebook May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

Great job on the video…


9 Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit May 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

REALLY great job, guys! Love it.


10 Kathleen @ksugarandspice May 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

Brilliant and well done guys. Why does everything you do make me teary eye’d? Off to book a flight and eat in SF tonight. Xxoo


11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

What a great opportunity! Looks like you had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Thanks for sharing!


12 Steve-Anna May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

What an amazing opportunity, and an amazing video~! My favorite food hands down is Vietnamese food. The Slanted Door is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. I’ve held two special dinners in their private room for visiting clients from France, and this restaurant is a total hit.

It was so special to see the personal side of Chef Phan – you see from his passion and interest in the food why it is so special. I’ve just pre-ordered the cookbook, and I can’t wait! Since I only get to San Fran every now and then, I can bring some of his food into my home.

You are two lucky dogs~!!! xoxox


13 White on Rice Couple May 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Hi Steve-Anna! So happy to hear that you love Vietnamese food! and you’ll love his book and will learn so much. xoxo


14 Veronica of Muy Bueno May 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Vietnamese food always smells and tastes fresh and like I’m having a real taste of the Earth. I can’t wait to get this book. The idea of making it has never entered my mind but now I can’t wait to get my hands on this book to give it a try. Thank you for sharing…besos…


15 sally cameron May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Wish I could get the video link to work! We really enjoyed our lunch at the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. I was fortunate to study with an Asian chef years ago and we did cover the cuisine of Vietnam, but only briefly. I’ve always wanted to study it more as I love the fresh flavors. Lately I’ve been wanting a Vietnamese cookbook (in fact D I was going to ask for your recommendation). Now I know which one to wait for! Wish it was coming out sooner. On my “ideas to post list” I have summer rolls in rice paper (fueled by your last fantastic workshop) and summer noodle bowls with the wide brown rice noodles. Time to get over to 99 Ranch or little Saigon for some shopping.


16 White on Rice Couple May 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Sally- hi Sally, maybe the video doesn’t work in the RSS? But were you able to view the video on this post? thanks you and glad you love the summer rolls!


17 Kelly May 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Congrats on the video and thank you for sharing it with us! I’ve been a huge fan of Charles Phan/The Slanted Door since he had his small restaurant in soma/mission area of SF. I crave his food and eat here whenever possible. It’s nice to see his family and hear his philosophy.


18 Jenny Ingram via Facebook May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Lovely job!


19 Susan in the Boonies May 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

Oh, well done! I’d love to eat at his restaurant and read his book!


20 Joro Rivera via Facebook June 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

cool man!


21 Kerry Nieh August 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I am totally down with this book, we ate at The Slanted Door last summer, my kids are still talking about it. awesome!


22 Jeanette September 29, 2012 at 6:14 am

I can’t wait to see Charles Phan’s new cookbook. Great job on the video. Charles really seems so approachable and makes Vietnamese cooking look so simple and less intimidating.


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