engaging with the world


Immersethrough.com is all about the concept of cultural immersion through food.

And for me, immersion is almost always associated with travel, with crossing borders and engaging with people and with their culture wherever I am, and with making myself vulnerable.

The prism through which I most often immerse myself is food. I have spent the last twenty-five years travelling researching writing and photographing to make cookbooks, so food traditions, traditional foodways are what turn me on: flatbreads made by semi-nomadic pastoralists, the Tajik and Kirghiz, in the Pamir mountains; the spring run of Arctic char fished by the Inuit in Ungava Bay; the rice-growing traditions of the Dioula of Senegal’s Casamance region; markets everywhere and anywhere…

Please check out plans for the next immersethrough northern Thai tour will be in late January 2019, from Sunday January 27 to the morning of Saturday February 2, 2019

We had planned an immersethrough tour to Iran in April of 2018, but we have now had to cancel. The problem was that the Iranian government delayed and delayed on responding to our visa applications. This is undoubtedly because of the complicated and contentious geopolitical situation, particularly the inflated animosity between the governments of Iran and of the USA. About half our tour participants carried US passports, and those, it seems, were not digestible to the powers that be.  I hope we can try again… For the details of what we were planning to do, click here. Please email Deb for more information.


In October 2017, I took an immersethrough group to the Republic of Georgia for 8 days of eating and drinking and culinary exploration. We had a lot of fun, and I am hoping to do another trip in October of 2019. For more details on that, please click here.

A detailed description of the Northern Thai tour (based in Chiang Mai and near Fang) is on the Chiang Mai page.