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Burma: River of Flavors [Hardcover]

Naomi Duguid
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16 Oct 2012
Located at the crossroads between China, India, and the nations of Southeast Asia, Burma has long been a land that absorbed outside influences into its everyday life, from the Buddhist religion to foodstuffs like the potato. In the process, the people of the country now known as Myanmar have developed a rich, complex cuisine that makes inventive use of easily available ingredients to create exciting flavour combinations. Salads are one of the best entry points into the glories of this cuisine, with sparkling flavours - crispy fried shallots, a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a dash of garlic oil, a pinch of turmeric, some crunchy roast peanuts - balanced with a light hand. The salad tradition is flexible; Burmese cooks transform all kinds of foods into salads, from chicken and roasted eggplant to spinach and tomato. Mohinga, a delicious blend of rice noodles and fish broth, adds up to comfort food at its best. Wherever you go in Burma, you get a slightly different version because, as Duguid explains, each region layers its own touches into the dish. Tasty sauces, chutneys, and relishes - essential elements of Burmese cuisine - will become mainstays in your kitchen, as will a chicken roasted with potatoes, turmeric, and lemongrass; a seafood noodle stir-fry with shrimp and mussels; Shan khaut swei, an astonishing noodle dish made with pea tendrils and pork; a hearty chicken-rice soup seasoned with ginger and soy sauce; and a breathtakingly simple dessert composed of just sticky rice, coconut, and palm sugar. Interspersed throughout the 125 recipes are intriguing tales from the author's many trips to this fascinating but little-known land. One such captivating essay shows how Burmese women adorn themselves with thanaka, a white paste used to protect and decorate the skin.

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  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (16 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654139
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.3 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully researched 3 Dec 2012
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I'm impressed with the breadth and depth of this book. I'm Burmese and have been searching for good Burmese cookbooks since I never learnt to cook at home and long for some home flavours while now living abroad. All the recipes I've tried so far have produced authentic-tasting results. I am grateful for that fact that the author presents the recipes as they are meant to be rather than trying to adjust to an audience who might not be used to more exotic foods. Brilliantly done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 30 Jan 2013
By Maxi
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Apart from being a superb cookbook, this is a beautifully presented book with lots of delightful photos and description of Burma, its people and its food. I have tried a few dishes and found the recipes easy to follow. The writer knows how to translate an intricate recipe into a delicious meal. Often the writer leaves helpful little foot-notes for left-overs or alternative recipe ideas.
I'd love to try out peanut and rice porridge because it reminds me of congee breakfast when living in Hong Kong.
My summer dishes will be full of Far Eastern flavours, particularly Burmese...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and mouthwatering 24 April 2013
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I bought this for my Mum, for the recipes as much as the pictures and the writing. The travel by the author through all parts of Burma is really fascinating and the recipes are so good. It is something you might have to buy special products for but worth it in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing present 18 April 2013
By Laura
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Got this as a present for my mum, she loved it. Pictures really great, really interesting, great detail, food even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem! 3 Nov 2012
By Cords
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Bought this book as wanted some written recipes that would remind me of good old family cooking. The recipes are excellent, quite diverse (as in recipes from differnt areas/ tribes) and interesting, but what I REALLY liked was the author's commentary about her travels around Burma and the history of Burma that she included as well as some fantastic up to date pictures. It's almost a beautifully presented recipe book and travel guide in one! Made Rangoon Mohinga and probably should have made the plain one as am used to eating this as a clear broth; but is was still lovely. Would have liked a recipe for letho though :-(
BUY it and you won't be disappointed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed 21 Sep 2013
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Far too many type styles - distracting and difficult to read. I found the non-cooking content superficial and lacking content. It is amazing that there are so few Burmese language names for the menu dishes - why on earth omit them? The food photos are good and recipes look interesting and I will be attempting them but overall I found the book disappointing. I was expecting something with more personality and meat in the travelogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 19 Aug 2013
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This is probably the best ever book written on Burmese food. Wonderful recipes and great text. This is a must have book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing... 7 July 2013
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Bought as a Birthday gift for a friend who recently travelled to Burma. She said the recipes are spot on for the food she actually ate when out there. Very tasty and easy to make.
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