Authors visit Aberdeen to talk Burmese food, culture

Join the authors of “The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Rediviva. The authors, Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, will give an hour-long presentation on their experiences traveling through Southeast Asia.

Rediviva is opening just for this event, but will not be serving their full menu. Samples of the Pegu Club cocktail, a gin and lime juice drink made famous at a prestigious British club during Rangoon’s colonial past, will be available for $5.

“They’ve been very generous for letting us use their space,” Carmack said. “It should be a fun time.”

This event is not just for foodies as the book also chronicles much of the culture and history of this area.

Although it won’t be officially released until March 7, copies of the book will be available for $35 and can be signed by the authors.

Carmack was born and raised in Camas before moving onto Pullman for college and then France for culinary school. He and his partner now live in Sidney, Australia, and frequently visit Asia. They will be stopping in Camas next week to also donate a copy of the book to the local library.

The Pacific Northwest still holds a special place in Carmack’s heart and they try to stop here at least once a year. His friend Betsy Seidel helped set up this event in Aberdeen.

“Small towns are much more interested in what people are doing and more responsive,” he said. “I wouldn’t give up those stops for any other place, not Atlanta, New York or more Seattle venues.”

Rediviva is located at 118 E. Wishkah Street in Aberdeen.

Visit globetrottinggourmet.com for more info on the authors or burmacookbook.com about the book and the tour.


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