Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid

By Naomi Duguid

Naomi Duguid’s heralded cookbooks have continuously transcended the class to develop into “something higher and extra important” (Los Angeles Times). every one in its personal manner is “a leap forward booklet . . . a tremendous contribution” (The long island Times). And as Burma opens up after a part century of seclusion, who greater than Duguid—the esteemed writer of Hot bitter Salty Sweet—to introduce the rustic and its nutrients and flavors to the West.

Located on the crossroads among China, India, and the international locations of Southeast Asia, Burma has lengthy been a land that absorbed open air affects into its way of life, from the Buddhist faith to foodstuffs just like the potato. within the strategy, the folks of the rustic referred to now as Myanmar have built a wealthy, advanced food that mekes creative use of simply to be had constituents to create interesting style combinations.

Salads are the most effective access issues into the glories of this food, with glowing flavors—crispy fried shallots, a squeeze of clean lime juice, a touch of garlic oil, a pinch of turmeric, a few crunchy roast peanuts—balanced with a gentle hand. The salad culture is versatile; Burmese chefs remodel all types of meals into salads, from poultry and roasted eggplant to spinach and tomato. And the engaging Tea-Leaf Salad is a signature dish in valuable Burma and within the jap hills which are domestic to the Shan people.

Mohinga, a scrumptious mixture of rice noodles and fish broth, provides as much as convenience nutrients at its most sensible. anywhere you move in Burma, you get a touch diverse model simply because, as Duguid explains, each one zone layers its personal touches into the dish.

Tasty sauces, chutneys, and relishes—essential parts of Burmese cuisine—will turn into mainstays on your kitchen, as will a bird roasted with potatoes, turmeric, and lemongrass; a seafood noodle stir-fry with shrimp and mussels; Shan khaut swei, an superb noodle dish made with pea tendrils and beef; a hearty chicken-rice soup professional with ginger and soy sauce; and a breathtakingly basic dessert composed of just  sticky rice, coconut, and palm sugar.

Interspersed in the course of the a hundred twenty five recipes are fascinating stories from the author’s many journeys to this interesting yet little-known land. One such pleasing essay indicates how Burmese ladies embellish themselves with thanaka, a white paste used to guard and beautify the surface. Buddhism is a valuable truth of Burmese existence: we meet barefoot priests on their morning quest for alms, in addition to nuns with shaved heads; and Duguid takes us on excursions of Shwedagon, the amazingly grand temple complicated on a hill in Rangoon, the previous capital. She takes boats up Burma’s large rivers, highways to locations inaccessible by means of highway; spends time in village markets and residential kitchens; and takes us to the farthest reaches of the rustic, alongside the best way introducing us to the attention-grabbing humans she encounters on her travels.

The top approach to know about an unusual tradition is thru its meals, and in Burma: Rivers of Flavor, readers will be transfixed by way of the splendors of an historic and beautiful state, untouched via the skin global for generations, whose easy recipes satisfaction and fulfill and whose individuals are one of the such a lot gracious on earth.

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