Long before I wrote cookbooks I wrote a children?s book called Trip to Freedom about how my family escaped Vietnam. It was an illustrated short story book for a bilingual education series aimed to teach kids about America?s diversity. Meg, a childhood friend who is now a school administrator, suggested me for the series and the publisher commissioned a Vietnamese American artist Winson Trang to do the illustrations. Trip to Freedom (Nuestro Viaje Hacia La Libertad) was published in 1997. Now and then I?d get a random email from someone about the book but last month, I received a wonderful surprise. Alisa, a fifth-grade teacher in Des Moines, Iowa, had her class read the book and they had follow-up questions. The students wanted to know...
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