A Vietnamese-American Chef Shares How Food Connects Her to Family History

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In 1975, the Nguyen family left Vietnam for America. As Andrea Nguyen recalls, her mother carried a shoulder bag containing a survival kit of family photos, instant noodle packages and a handwritten recipe notebook. Andrea explains how the book and its recipes were a critical way the Nguyens could hold on to their family history—and the history of where they came from.