Lonely Planet Vietnam, 2012
"... offers a real insight into Vietnam's wonderful food scene ..."
Pacific Affairs, Volume 84, No. 3 - September 2011
"Nuanced and lush ... its treatment of Vietnamese culture begins at the table, but extends far beyond it."
Gastronomica, Spring 2011
“Fay evokes her favorite dishes
with language that lingers in the
mind as beloved tastes linger on
Here on Earth: Food Friday, March 11, 2011
One-hour interview and call-in talk show featuring Communion
to listen to the broadcast at Here on Earth
on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Washington State Magazine, Spring 2011
“This is an extraordinarily ambitious book. Though framed by a five-week culinary tour of Vietnam, Fay manages to not only hit more restaurants and food stalls than seems humanly possible, she brings a depth of cultural, political, and culinary history to the mix.”
to read the full review at Washington State Magazine
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010
: Best Asian Cuisine Book, USA Division
: Best Asian Cuisine Book in the World
International Examiner, Volume 38, No. 1
“[Fay] investigates how history shapes cuisine and food, and ponders the relationship between food and happiness … Communion
is a book one can treasure on many levels.”
to read the full review at the International Examiner
Saddlebag Notes, December 2010
“Kim Fay has woven a rich tapestry of culture and tradition.”
MSN’s glo, October 22, 2010
“Gotta Have It” pick of the day.
to read the full recommendation on MSN.
The Elliott Bay Book Company’s Booknotes, Autumn 2010
“A truly splendid homage to the people, places, and of course food that is Vietnam.”
to read the full review at the Elliott Bay Book Company website.
Spellout Seattle, September 18, 2010
“[Fay’s] graceful prose engages all the senses …”
to read more at Spellout Seattle
The Columbian, (Vancouver, WA), September 14, 2010
Print Extra: 2-page feature interview starting on the cover of the Life/Food section, including author photos, book photos, and recipes.
Courier-Journal, (Louisville, KY; circ. 218,000), September 4, 2010
“ … lovingly written by a young woman whose depth of understanding and deep appreciation of another culture and its culinary delights teases the reader to follow her on her odyssey to a country she knows well.”
to read the full review at the Courier-Journal
(Because the Courier-Journal
is a Gannett newspaper, the article was picked up by newspapers as varied as the India Times
, and The San Diego Union Tribune
Zester Daily, September 3, 2010
“Fay writes a poignant, funny and engrossing tale of food, culture and tradition in a country obviously so dear to her heart.”
to read the full review at Zester Daily
The Globetrotting Gourmet, August 2010
“This is THE book on Vietnam cuisine, deserving a place in every foodies’ and travellers’ library. Highly recommended.”
to read the full review at The Globetrotting Gourmet
Asian Food and Travel, August 19, 2010
“Kim translates her keen observations of place, taste and character into descriptions that engage all the senses … I loved reading this book …”
to read the full review at Asian Food and Travel
Viet World Kitchen, August 15, 2010
“… what is valuable are her interactions with and reflections on people that she meets.”
to read the full review at Viet World Kitchen
KCRW’s Good Food, August 7, 2010
“An extraordinarily personal book.” - Evan Kleiman
to listen to my interview with Evan Kleiman on Good Food
NBC LA’s Feast, August 4, 2010
“Kim Fay has literally written the book on Vietnam (twice).”
to read my full online interview at NBC LA’s Feast
Shelf Awareness, July 27, 2010
“Cool Idea of the Day” – The Communion
book launch party was selected as the Shelf Awareness
“Cool Idea of the Day” for inviting the Mandoline Grill food truck to serve Vietnamese cuisine outside Traveler's Bookcase after the reading and Q&A.
to go to the "cool idea" on Shelf Awareness
to read about the book launch on my blog, Serve It Forth
to read about the book launch at Mondette
Chopstick Cinema/ThingsAsian.com, July 16, 2010
"To read Communion
is to experience Vietnam in all its dimensions. Communion
is at once a lesson in history, anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, and gastronomy, taught with humor and pathos."
to go to the full review on ThingsAsian.com.
to read more about Communion
at Chopstick Cinema
to read more about reviewer Celeste Heiter's experience cooking Chef Huong's Dalat Ragu from Communion
Rambling Spoon (rated one of the world's top 50 food blogs by the London's The Times), June 16, 2010
“Kim captures the nugget of great food writing. Ingredients are important—yes—but context is so much more so."
to go to the full review at Rambling Spoon
Asia by the Book, May 20, 2010
"Kim Fay is adept at illuminating a country through the food that it prepares. … She has infused the art of eating in Vietnam with its history, its culture, and more than a few damned good stories."
to go to the full review at Asia by the Book
Library Journal, March 1, 2010
"... the focus is on her delicious prose, which will leave the reader yearning for an authentic taste of Vietnam."
to go to the review on the Library Journal
Berlitz Pocket Guide to Vietnam --- Recommended reading selection: 2012 publication date
Just for Fun
While not a review, this blog post
made my day. It is the response from one of the winners of the Communion
book giveaway on GoodReads
. It is the reason I love being a writer. Additional blog reviews include Garlic Never Sleeps
, Marjolein Book Blog
and Ern in Tokyo
. Many thanks to those readers out there who have enjoyed Communion
and are spreading the word.