If there is room for only one Thai cookbook in your collection, this is the one! Everywhere I go, I seek local specialties in out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall eateries, markets, and neighborhoods, occasionally splurging on exquisite dinners in fine dining establishments. Food discoveries almost always involve interesting experiences with people and culture, and this is important when traveling.
The Piano Tuner , Daniel Mason - a captivating tale of a piano tuner in the jungle of northeast Burma in early British colonial days. Burmese Luncheon For Refugee Aid. Mandalay Hill Resort. Though excited about taking a plane for the first time and travelling halfway across the globe, she left unsure if she would see her parents or her childhood friends again her parents eventually moved to the US in , or if she would ever return to Burma. Eleven Inle Travel Desk Myanmar local currency is Kyat. His sons took up professions in Myanmar her father joined the treasury, two uncles became doctors, one a professor.
Food, being a common thread among all human beings, can deepen our understanding of cultures vastly different from ours, and make our travels even richer, building bridges between people and creating memories that will last a lifetime. The stories are diverse and run the gamut of emotions, touching subjects like love, war, food taboo, language barriers, and social injustice. O'Rourke , which recounts his experience as a reporter in Somalia in late Others are lighthearted and funny, such as "Spanish Guts," where Brett Allen King witnesses his friends' participation in a feeding frenzy of "variety meat" while they discuss sex at a Madrid tapas bar.
Some of the stories might trigger personal memories of travels past. This is a good, satisfying book for easy summer reading that will entertain and inform. It may be just the thing to appease the "travel bug," at least for a short while, before it bites back with a vengeance. A memoir differs from an autobiography in that the writer has complete license regarding what not to include.
As is often the case with the best chroniclers of life observed, Villas writes humorously and lovingly, if sometimes mercilessly, about the amorous, alcoholic, gluttonous, and neurotic foibles of his fellows, while dwelling very little upon himself. Nonetheless, his personality, interests, and quirks clearly shine through his thoughtful observations and accomplished prose. Villas began his professional life as a professor of French language and literature; this literary grounding serves his writing very well.
A handful of themes emerge, from which Villas does not shy away.
While he has no quarrel with eccentric or bawdy behavior and indeed revels in dishing those tales, he is certainly intolerant of ill-breeding or bad manners; woe betide anyone who exhibits such in his presence. And finally, Villas is vehemently and eloquently a purist and has no use for food celebrity or culinary invention for its own sake. He despairs of what American gastronomy has become by the end of the 20th century.
Bourdain again shines brilliantly in his prose, injecting the reader directly into the tribal world of the sleazy side of late-night Manhattan. Bourdain's descriptive and hilarious narrative will have you feasting on the sleazy slices of life that lead Bobby Gold toward his unforeseen end. Gold's true nature is revealed early on when we witness his tuneup of a fishmonger who's late on his gambling-loan payments.
The scene Bourdain sets assures us he knows the inside of a seafood market, describing the fish scales and guts to perfection. Gold could have just beaten the old man and left, but he first offers him Demerol to kill the pain and lets him pick the arm to be broken. The fast action centers on the club and its kitchen and the after-hour haunts of its employees and overflows with scenes that illustrate the abusive but good-natured banter between the knuckleheads working there.
I see any fucking Billy Joel in there and this ain't gonna happen.
The pace accelerates throughout to a crashing crescendo, giving us a highly enjoyable read that you can't set down until you reach the surprising end. For foodies and mystery fans, a must read! You have more fingers on one hand than there are cookbooks in English that cover the cuisine of Burma. Burma has always seemed mysterious and exotic as a country, and there are few Burmese restaurants in America where one might sample the food. With the release of this title, Chan has erased the mystery and brought the wonderful foods of Burma into the spotlight. Burmese cuisine is a richly spiced amalgam of tastes, heavily influenced by its neighbors Thailand, China, Bangladesh-India , yet the flavors are unique and original.
Chan eruditely explores the history and culture, offers an intriguing travelogue around the country, fully explains the kitchen and its ingredients, and then launches into a full-scale array of recipes, which have been used by her family for generations. The recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients easily available here in Austin, and the tastes unlike anything you have ever eaten.
Chan opens up the world to the amazing tastes found in her native country in a way that makes them seem really simple, while enforcing the exotic nature of this beautiful cuisine. Flavors of Burma is definitely a title that belongs in any international cookbook collection.
Flavors of Burma: Myanmar: Cuisine and Culture from the Land of Golden Pagodas [Susan Chan] on liawamegasuc.cf *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Burma. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Susan Chan was born in Burma and emigrated to Kindle App Ad. Look inside this book. Flavors of Burma: Myanmar : Cuisine and Culture from the Land of Golden Pagodas by . The Food of Myanmar: Authentic Recipes from the Land of the Golden Pagodas. The Food of Myanmar.
Literary food writing is once again alive and well. When publishers realized foodies were buying cookbooks for bedtime reading as much as for actual cooking, it must have occurred to them that culinary nonfiction seasoned with a few recipes would be much cheaper to produce. The culinary memoir market has exploded with each new writer being touted as the literary heir to the legendary M.
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Opens image gallery Image not available Photos not available for this variation. Learn more - opens in new window or tab Seller information betterworldbookswest See all betterworldbookswest has no other items for sale. Min Lan Seafood Restaurant , has multiple venues dotted around the south-west region of Yangon and is frequently recommended by locals for its delectable seafood dishes. The restaurant specifically sources fresh seafood from the Rakhin State of Myanmar and takes its name from the road — Min Lan - where the first outlet was opened.
The menu at Min Lan features various curries, soups, salads and barbecued varieties of lobster, crab, prawns, octopus, and shellfish. A no-frills restaurant, this place is the perfect spot to satisfy seafood cravings.
Generally, Burmese cuisine is less spicy than its chili-loving neighbors but with the strong Rakhine influence at Min Lan, expect to enjoy fiery hot dishes here. Burmese fish curry. Nga means fish in Myanmar and Si Pyan refers to the oil that rises to the top of the gravy as the fish slowly simmers on a low heat. Carp fish pieces are marinated in salt and turmeric before being deep-fried in hot oil, drained and left to cool.
Garnish with coriander leaves, chili and serve with rice. For those traveling to Mandalay, Aye Myit Tar is a great place to start your food adventures in this former royal capital city.