Ann Le was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after her family fled Vietnam as boat people three days before the fall of Saigon in April 1975. The Le family then moved to Southern California, where they were among the first few Vietnamese immigrants to settle and work in Little Saigon. Ann grew up cooking and eating at home with her grandparents, as well as all over Little Saigon. And she has watched the community evolve into the culinary tourist destination it is today.
She has traveled and eaten all over the world, spending months in Asia as well as living in Europe, New York, and San Francisco. Ann believes the finest cuisine belongs to the Vietnamese people, a cuisine with recipes that are never written down, but ingrained in memory. Inspired by the need to share the wealth of Vietnamese cuisine, and for fear of losing recipes passed only through oral history, Ann offers this proud history of a remarkable community and opens the kitchen door to authentic Vietnamese dishes.