Rivers of Flavor

Duguid, Naomi

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The best way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its food. This book shows the splendors of an ancient and wonderful country, untouched by the outside world for generations, whose simple recipes delight and satisfy and whose people are among the most gracious on earth.
Publisher: New York : Artisan, c2012
ISBN: 9781579654139
Branch Call Number: 641.59591 D868b 2012
Characteristics: xii, 372 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm


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I love how Duguid presents recipes along with gorgeous photographs of the countries she explores and personal stories about her travels. I want her job.

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Dec 05, 2012
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Most North Americans don’t have a favourite Burmese takeout joint; most don't have mohinga (a Burmese equivalent of Vietnamese pho) on a menu rotation. But Naomi Duguid's "Burma: Rivers of Flavor" introduces readers to this less well-known cuisine in a richly photographed tome that gives armchair travellers a look at the country’s culture through its food.

Burma (now Myanmar) shares borders with Thailand, China, and India, among others. Some recipes, especially the salads, look quite similar to those for Thai dishes, based on everything from long beans to pomelos. Others, such as paneer in tomato sauce and chicken aloo, echo the Indian subcontinent. Similarities to Chinese cuisine show up in recipes like pork strips with star anise. These influences combine with those of Burma’s indigenous cultures to make a unique cuisine.

Eye-catching photographs capture not just food but people and everyday sights, showing how “all over Burma the innate generosity of the culture is on display.”

Nov 20, 2012
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous Cookbook with really accessible recipes!


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