I dedicated this book to my mother.
Here she is in up country Burma in the 1950′s.
My mother taught me to be adventurous in the kitchen. I grew up overseas, often in countries where supplies were limited and inconsistent. My mother is the queen of improvisation. She can find a substitute for anything. I took this viewpoint when I went to live overseas myself. I improvised and I invented. Cooking should be an adventure.
She raised three children in Burma, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria, and the Netherlands.