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James Beard Award winner Chef Charles Phan, author of The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Cuisine and chef/owner of The Slanted Door, S. Francisco

Since 1995, Charles Phan, owner and executive chef of San Francisco's famed Slanted Door, has been wowing palates and educating diners on the flavors and intricacies of Vietnamese cuisine, with which he has left his mark not only on the San Francisco dining scene but on the American fine-dining scene as well.

In 2004 Phan won the James Beard Award for Best Chef, California, and in 2011, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. The Slanted Door started out in a modest location in the Mission District in 1995 and 20 years later it is California's top-grossing independently-owned restaurant  at its current glam site at the Ferry Plaza Market Building.

charles phanPhan has just written his second cookbook, The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food  

Listen as Charles Phan describes his beginnings and how he defines himself as a glorified home cook today.

He talks about how the American food culture has changed from when he first opened the Slanted Door and about serving the president of the United States, several times, at the Slanted Door

The Slanted Door cookbook's chapters are divided into cooking methods like braising, steaming and stir-frying with gorgeous photographs throughout and filled with clearly written home-cook friendly recipes to please everyone. 

Click here for Chef Phan’s glorified Spring roll recipe, a best seller at The Slanted Door, of which he writes in p. 9 of his book: “  If my mother hadn’t come up with this recipe I’m not sure I would have had the inspiration – or the confidence – to strike out on my own with a restaurant.”