Press & Praise for Communion
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010
Winner: Best Asian Cuisine Book, USA Division
Third Place: Best Asian Cuisine Book in the World
"... the focus is on her delicious prose, which will leave the reader yearning for an authentic taste of Vietnam."
KCRW’s Good Food
“An extraordinarily personal book.” - Evan Kleiman
Listen to Kim's interview with Evan Kleiman on Good Food.
“Fay evokes her favorite dishes
with language that lingers in the
mind as beloved tastes linger on
Lonely Planet Vietnam
"... offers a real insight into Vietnam's wonderful food scene ..."
“Fay writes a poignant, funny and engrossing tale of food, culture and tradition in a country obviously so dear to her heart.”
Rambling Spoon (rated one of the world's top 50 food blogs by the London's The Times)
“Kim captures the nugget of great food writing. Ingredients are important—yes—but context is so much more so."
The Globetrotting Gourmet
“This is THE book on Vietnam cuisine, deserving a place in every foodies’ and travellers’ library. Highly recommended.”
NBC LA’s Feast
“Kim Fay has literally written the book on Vietnam (twice).”
Pacific Affairs, Volume 84, No. 3
"Nuanced and lush ... its treatment of Vietnamese culture begins at the table, but extends far beyond it."
Washington State Magazine
“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.”
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.”
The Elliott Bay Book Company’s Booknotes
“A truly splendid homage to the people, places, and of course food that is Vietnam.”
“[Fay’s] graceful prose engages all the senses …”
Courier-Journal, (Louisville, KY)
“ … 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.”
Asian Food and Travel
“Kim translates her keen observations of place, taste and character into descriptions that engage all the senses … I loved reading this book …”
Viet World Kitchen
“… what is valuable are her interactions with and reflections on people that she meets.”
"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."
Asia by the Book
"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."
“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. Read about the book launch at my blog, here.