This is the front cover of my new book: BURMA: Rivers of Flavor.
Each JANUARY I conduct a cultural immersion through food tour in CHIANG MAI in Northern Thailand, with the help of Thai friends. And in 2014 I'll be going back to BURMA with two more groups of food-interested people. The first BURMA
food tours were in February 2013 and were a huge success. We all learned a lot.
And so it feels very good to be planning more trips to Burma.
who am I?
I am Naomi Duguid, cookbook author, traveller, writer, photographer, cook, all round curious-about-the-world person...
and a little background...
I built this site just as my time of working with my ex-partner Jeffrey Alford was coming to an end. We had worked together on six award-winning cookbooks, books that engage with culture through food and photographs.
I've been making trips into BURMA for the last four years, a very lucky opportunity to get familiar with a remarkable place and its rich layers of food culture.
I've explored the country's wonderful food traditions, taking photographs, meeting people, and hearing stories from north to south, east to west. The result is BURMA: Rivers of Flavor. It's turned out to be large and beautiful, with homestyle recipes, as well as stories and photographs, from many parts of Burma. The recipes are illustrated with stunning photographs by Richard Jung.
ploughing flooded paddy field in central Bali
photo: NAOMI DUGUID
We are happy to now be working separately. It's an interesting and in many ways liberating change.
(I have loved working solo on the BURMA book!)
There you'll find descriptions of the books, some wonderfully laudatory reviews, and more.
the immersethrough story...
The initial immersethrough
idea, an immersion food and culture experience based in Chiang Mai, first flowered in February 2009. In the four-plus years since, together with Thai friends and colleagues, I have held four more sessions. There's a participant's pleased description, with photos, here
And there's a beautifully photographed story by writer photographer Anne Bayin about the February 2012 session in the summer issue of MORE MAGAZINE (the Canadian edition).
The dates for 2014 have now been set. We'll do one session, from Sunday January 26 to late on Friday January 31, 2014 (you'll have a hotel room booked through until Saturday February 1). As it is each year, that first Saturday in February is the day of the amazing Flower Festival in Chiang Mai. We'll have a maximum of seven people.
Again I'll be working with Thai friends in Chiang Mai and in the country north of there. Please go to the Chiang Mai page for more details.
And then I'll leave for Rangoon. From February 2-10 and again from February 15-23 I'll be travelling with a small group to do a food-focussed introductory tour of Burma, an eight day visit. Apart from Rangoon, we'll also visit the Inle Lake area, as well as Bagan. Details on the Burma food tours page.