Austin Bush launches photo exhibit on the origins of northern cuisine
Austin Bush with one of his evocative photos.
Austin Bush, an American photographer
who first came to Chiang Mai in 1999 as part of a program hosted by Chiang
Mai University, launched his exhibition titled ‘Ancient Roots, Culinary
Crossroads: The Food of Northern Thailand,’ on February 28 at Tamarind
Village. The show runs until May 31, 2015. The exhibition brings together
images and displays that introduce the unique dishes, ingredients, people
and cooking techniques of northern Thailand and explore the rich cultural
and geographical roots that have shaped them.
The exhibition covers the origins of northern Thai cuisine and iconic dishes
such as laab, nam phrik as well as those dishes that were influenced by
outside factors such as China and Myanmar and the evolution of dishes that
came about due to its location as a cultural crossroads. Such dishes as khao
soy and khanom jeen.
Other influences such as the hilltribe peoples and the Chinese Kuomintang
who settled in remote villages in the North which brought pickled vegetables
and high quality teas.
Austin also focuses on the traditional dishes and cooking styles as well as
the modernization that northern food is undergoing as it sees increasing
wealth and globalization.
The photos and displays are evocative and interesting and offer a wealth of
information for those who are interested in northern Thai cuisine.
family style dinner.
(center) with Tamarind Village General Manager Naphat Nutsati (3rd right)
and Tamarind Village staff and friends.