Burma cookbook authors to speak

Robert Carmack is originally from Camas

More than a decade in the making, “The Burma Cookbook” spans Myanmar’s opulent tradition of empire: from the past century’s best recipes to contemporary dishes of today. The result is a unique cookbook and travelogue, with illustrations and photographs.

Robert Carmack and Morrison Polkinghorne, authors of “The Burma Cookbook: Recipes from the Land of a Million Pagodas,” will present an hour-long illustrated history of Burma/Myanmar through its food on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m., at the Camas Public Library.

Afterwards, they will be selling and autographing copies of the soon-to-be-released first edition of the book.

Carmack, a well-known Camas native, is the author of five cookbooks. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia, but says “I feel a special kinship and appreciation for where I spent my formative years.”

In reviews, “The Burma Cookbook” has been described as part history, part travelogue and part cookbook.

The program will be of special interest to those who took part in the Camas Reads The Piano Tuner events in 2008.

River Books (London) is the publisher of the $35 book to be released in March. The Camas stop is part of a lecture and cooking class tour of the West Coast to promote the book.

Information about the authors, the book, and the tour can be found on the website www.globetrottingGourmet.com.