Tram Nguyen Illustration

I co-wrote and illustrated a food memoir, Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes (Grand Central Life & Style). You can find it on Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local bookstore.

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“Told with charming good humor, this millennial-girls-taking-on-the-world story will have readers immediately casting themselves and their girlfriends as either a Lucy or a Tram (either one is a splendid option, as both girls are delightful). This is precisely the kind of book that will make readers want to stay up all night, drinking a bottle of wine, trying recipes, and laughing over their own coming-of-age anecdotes. VERDICT: An absolute must-have for young women and a perfect addition to food and memoir collections.”

Kristen Droesch, Library Journal

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“…it’s cookbook as bildungsroman. The recipes are great, but greater still is the pair’s unvarnished take on the comedic hideousness of being young and totally confused about everything from love to work to how much the steam heat in your crappy Manhattan apartment costs…”

Melanie Rehak, Bookforum

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“Their mouthwatering recipes include pho-spiced braised short ribs; spicy lemongrass chili chicken wings; Thanksgiving tamales; and a beginner-friendly fried chicken. The book alternates sections written by the two talented, witty women with Nguyen’s illustrations and an array of clever recipes that readers will want to try immediately.“

Publisher’s Weekly

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