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Like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed The Sympathizer, VietnamEazy captures with startling honesty and detail the dizzying dislocation that so many Vietnamese arrivals in the United States have experienced and, like Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, explores the age-old mysteries of the mother-daughter relationship.


It tells the story of Kieu, a Vietnamese-American woman, and her quest for success on a TV cooking show, introducing the intoxicating allure of Vietnamese food to a general audience, interwoven with the haunting, sorrowful tale of her family and upbringing. This is a universal tale of redemption that mothers and daughters can read together and discuss, preferably over a steaming bowl of pho.

My Story

Trami Nguyen Cron was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and when she was eight years old left Vietnam with her family for France. Three years later, they settled in the United States.

Trami, a longtime resident of Northern California, is the founder of Chopsticks Alley, a multi-media publication seeking to unite and empower Vietnamese Americans with a special emphasis on emerging young leaders and cultural trends.

When asked about why she wanted to author a book about the Vietnamese experience, Trami responded, “I wanted to write about all that is beautiful and unique about Vietnam from its culture to its food. I want to share stories about the people of Vietnam that have nothing to do with the Vietnam War.”



"Each of the novel’s chapters begins with a recipe – among them, Feminine Salad, Sour Fish Soup and Hades Rice. Food is not only a central theme in the storytelling, it’s the connective tissue between Kieu, her mother and her mother’s mother, each of whom have different ideas of what it means to be a woman in the modern world. What follows is a Joy Luck Club-style cross-generational interplay between Asian women, each shaped by different psychological and emotional circumstances."


San Jose Mercury News

"We learn intricate details about Vietnamese food, including recipes that open each chapter, but VietnamEazy is much more than a foodie story. Each time Kieu cooks something, it reminds her of stories her mother or grandmother told her in years past. Memories emerge and the resulting novel interweaves several different narratives. For one, we get the current-day tale of Kieu competing on a ridiculous TV cooking show, replete with flashy Hollywood-style participants of varying degrees of flagrant superficiality. And then we get a few lifetimes' worth of mother-daughter relationship issues unique to the Vietnamese.”


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November 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

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November 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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October 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

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October 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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October 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

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July 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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San Jose City Hall | 200 E Santa Clara St | San Jose, CA

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Porter Library | 3050 Porter Street | Soquel, CA

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