Ginger Salad and Water Wafers

Recipes from Myanmar

By Ma Thanegi
Photographs by Tiffany Wan

Myanmar is a land with strong cultural traditions and a long history and civilization. In spite of being situated between India and China, its cuisine has little to do with that of either country. The rich variety of Myanmar food is presented in this book, with 101 recipes ranging from Well-Behaved Pickled Fish to Golden Rice, Silver Rice. A comprehensive glossary of essential ingredients and where to buy them makes exploring this little-known cuisine as easy as it is tempting.

 For anyone who loves to explore countries through their food, here is a passport to Myanmar’s diverse and delicious food culture. Adventurous eaters will love this well-written collection of recipes from Myanmar,  a country that, for many,  is still wrapped in shadows. Easy to prepare and a pleasure to eat, the dishes in Ginger Salad and Water Wafers are sure to launch a thousand dinner parties.

 Author Ma Thanegi is an artist, a writer, an enthusiastic cook, and an indefatigable gourmet who has lived in Myanmar since birth. The recipes she has collected in this book are ones that she has often enjoyed in the company of friends.

Ma Thanegi
Ma Thanegi is an artist, a writer, and an indefatigable gourmet who has lived in Myanmar since birth. Author of many books including The Native Tourist, Defiled on the Ayeyarwaddy and Nor Iron Bars a Cage, she is an enthusiastic cook and a knowledgeable historian.
This is Ma Thanegi’s first cookbook. She secretly learned to cook at the age of 13, in spite of her mother’s view that women should have careers and not cook. She is contributing editor to the Myanmar Times. She lives in Yangon.

Tiffany Wan
Tiffany is passionate about travel, culture, and food. She wanders streets –home and abroad– to get lost, soak in local cultures, people watch, and take photos. Tiffany obtained her first camera at the age of 8, by saving the tickets from arcade games.
During Tiffany’s first visit to Myanmar, the impression that the country left on her was like no other place she’d been before. In Myanmar were the “nicest people” she’d ever met, flavors and spices she’d never smelled or tasted, and breath-taking ruins left untouched in the country-side. Tiffany was born and raised in the US; she is a designer in Hong Kong.

2013, 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 176 pages; paperback; color images
ISBN-10: 1-934159-25-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-934159-25-5