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Tu David Phu Book Launch Party • The Memory of Taste: Vietnamese American Recipes from Phú Quoc, Oakland, and the Spaces Between


A note about this event:

We anticipate a large crowd for this book signing event. There will not be a formal author talk, just an opportunity to have your books signed & meet the author!

Customers who have purchased books from Omnivore will be given a priority number for the signing line. We will have copies available to purchase at the event or you can pre-order a copy below!

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tu David Phu is a Vietnamese American, San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, a Top Chef alumnus, author, and an Emmy-nominated filmmaker from Oakland. In 2024, he became the executive chef and managing partner at District One in Las Vegas. Tu has cooked across various cultures, from the American culinary treasures to classical European traditions. But it is what he calls “the memory of taste” that pulled him back to his roots: the practices, ingredients, techniques, and flavors of Vietnamese cuisines, and he is passionate about sharing the riches and lessons of his birthright through food.

Soleil Ho is an opinion columnist and cultural critic, focusing on gender, race, food policy and life in San Francisco. They were previously The Chronicle’s Restaurant Critic, spearheading Bay Area restaurant recommendations through the flagship Top Restaurants series. In 2022, they won a Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award from the James Beard Foundation. Previously, Ho worked as a freelance food and pop culture writer, as a podcast producer on the Racist Sandwich, and as a restaurant chef. Illustration courtesy of Wendy Xu.

The Memory of Taste Centered around Tu’s childhood memories in the diverse Bay Area and family stories of life on Phú Quốc island, The Memory of Taste explores the Phu family’s ability to thrive and adapt from one coastal community to another. With tried-and-true tips like how to butcher a fish, tastebud-tingling flavor combinations, and stunning photographs, Tu guides both novice and experienced chefs alike in his take on Viet cooking. The Memory of Taste is Tu's story of returning to his roots and finding long-hidden culinary treasure. In his debut cookbook, Tu offers readers a chance to enjoy the bounty of his parents’ lessons, just as he has.