My name is Juan Bosque (John Forrest when in English speaking countries). I was born in Argentina, grew up in Australia, went to university in England and the U.S., and then was professor of anthropology at Purchase College, S.U.N.Y for 32 years. When I retired I first moved back to Buenos Aires for 5 years then on to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province in mainland China, for 2. Visa problems forced me to leave China, so I moved to Mantua in northern Italy for 2 years, and then on to Mandalay in Myanmar. I was hoping to stay for about a year but had some problems with my situation (greatest being not having a kitchen). So after 4 months I moved to Phnom Penh where I now live. All good for the taste buds.
One of my specialties as an anthropologist is ritual and celebration. I also have a passion for world cuisine (and have traveled all over the world in search of dishes in their native homes — my post retirement rambles being merely a continuation of my habitual lifestyle). This blog combines those two interests. Daily (as much as possible) I will post an anniversary, birthday, saint’s feast, national holiday or some other reason to mark that date, accompanied by a recipe that is appropriate. You will find that no matter what the date, there is always something to celebrate and something to cook!
[Profile photo taken in St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Buenos Aires by Kate Reynolds]