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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 food CULINARY TOURS set for winter 2015 in Chiang Mai … and in Burma. The northern Thai tour is from Sunday February 1 to the morning of Saturday February 7, 2015.  On Sunday February 8, 2015, I’ll be heading to Rangoon to accompany a small group of food-interested people on an eight day introduction to the wonders of Burma and the amazing food traditions there.

A detailed description of the Northern Thai tour (based in Chiang Mai and near Fang) is on the chiang mai page; the Burma tours now have a page of their own. See the burma food tours page for details, with more to follow.