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In her kitchen, Christine Ha possesses a rare ingredient that most professionally-trained chefs never learn to use: the ability to cook by sense. After tragically losing her sight in her twenties, the extraordinary winner of MasterChef Season 3 relearned how to cook using her heightened senses of taste, touch, smell, and sound. The first-ever sightless contestant in a cooking competition series, Ha prepared one stunning dish after another to earn the top prize.
In this collection of more than 75 recipes, she turns her formidable talents to the comfort foods of her Asian heritage and American upbringing for a result that is remarkably delicious, accessible, and crave-worthy. Ha recreates the dishes she watched her Vietnamese mother make — feather-light egg rolls, tender braised riblets, and a chill-chasing tomato broth — and recounts her gradual discovery of comfort food American-style — buttermilk fried chicken, pulled port sandwiches, mushroom and onion burgers, and yes, bacon. She devotes a full chapter to dishes eaten out of bowls — broths, noodles twirled into soups or stir-fried, a heartwarming curry, and a classic clam chowder — because nothing symbolizes comfort quite like them.