Kyle Cornforth, Thai corn
Now in The Faster Times: Kyle Cornforth tells all about her year away from Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard, her forays into Thai farming and cooking, and her deep worries about the future of Thai food. Read the story.
. . . → Ramble More: From Chez Panisse to Thailand—and Back
A farmer in Sepon, Laos, stands in his field, which he cleared of ordnance by himself. He said he found many munitions. The small banana behind him grows in a bomb crater.
An international treaty banning the cluster bomb takes effect today. Cluster bombs are large weapons that . . . → Ramble More: Banning the Cluster Bomb
Ya carries her basket of beef along the road between Ban Lung and Ou Chum in Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri province.
As some of you know, I’m at work finishing a collection of travel essays to be published next year. In the past few months, I’ve wandered aimlessly (and pointedly) . . . → Ramble More: Woman With Meat (And Other Notes From the Road)
A villager named Haum waters her onions, growing in an American cluster bomb casing in Kunpho, Laos.
Laotians everywhere have turned war scrap into useful tools. The large metal casings from cluster munitions can sell for upwards of $40—a near fortune to many rural villagers. But some gardeners . . . → Ramble More: This Garden Is the Bomb
WARNING: Some readers might find the following photos offensive. This is the third in a three-part series on the lives and deaths of Asian pigs. Read about a Cambodian pig slaughter in The Faster Times. In much of Asia, butchery is a mundane duty, and the average villager knows precisely . . . → Ramble More: PIG STORIES: The Last Squeal
A few weeks ago, Jerry and I had the remarkable opportunity to witness an animist ceremony honoring the forest gods in a northern Lao village. Read the story in The Faster Times, and take a photographic scroll through that afternoon here. The villagers sacrificed a pig, offered bits of it . . . → Ramble More: PIG STORIES: The Spiritual Pork
A pig wanders freely through Sophoon, Laos.
What do Lao villagers think about free-range vs. industrial farming? Find out in The Faster Times. This is the first in a three-part series on the lives and deaths of Asian pigs.
I wanted to add a P.S. here. . . . → Ramble More: PIG STORIES: Free-Range Porkers in a Little Lao Village
Khmer sour fish soup, Boeng Keng Kang Restaurant, Phnom Penh
In Cambodia, sour fish soup with water grass is everyday food. It’s basic, it’s cheap, it’s easy to make and everyone eats it. A day without samlor machou trou kuon trey is almost like a day without rice–almost. But not . . . → Ramble More: Cambodian Sour Fish Soup
Fish for sale in a Chiang Mai market
Readers, we are en route to rural areas. I expect to be far from Internet range for a couple of weeks, which means a brief hiatus in posting. But rest assured, I will return with stories to tell (assuming nothing goes explosively . . . → Ramble More: Over the Hills and Through the Fields
7 January Bread Co., 1998
It was 1998 when Jerry first visited the 7 January Bread Co., named for the day the Vietnamese invaded Phnom Penh and ousted the Khmer Rouge. The factory is tucked in a big building, blackened with the soot of continuous fire. Young men . . . → Ramble More: Baking Bread, Making a Living