Friday, February 11, 2011
Cooking the Cambodian Way produced a good turnout for its book launch at Monument Books yesterday evening. Narin Seng Jameson was well pleased with the numbers of people who stopped by the bookshop and the numbers of copies sold. In turn, the audience was very happy with the food offerings that Narin and her helpers had produced and brought with them to the event. Luminaries such as statesman Son Soubert and Ambassador-at-Large Eng Roland came along to support Narin as well as a good cross-section of Khmers and expats. She selected beef broth as her favourite recipe from the book, which took many years to come to fruition, whilst all proceeds from sales will go directly to the charity Caring for Cambodia, who do great work in providing education for more than 5,000 children in six schools in the Siem Reap area. Find out more about the charity here. I then quickly hopped over to the French Cultural Center to catch the back-end of Bruno Bruguier's presentation for his new book, Sambor Prei Kuk and the archeological sites of the Tonlé Sap Basin. Both the presentation and the book itself are in French, which makes it almost impossible for a language-inadequate like me, but the book is full of photos of each of the temple sites that Bruno brings to life in this, the second of his six books on the archaeological sites of Cambodia. Future titles will also cover Banteay Chhmar and the Western Provinces, Kompong Cham and the Mekong Basin, Koh Ker & Preah Vihear - the Northern Provinces, and Around Angkor. Important resources on the temples sites in Cambodia, which would be an even better resource if translated into English. But I would say that, wouldn't I.