Copeland Marks was a world traveler who authored 16 cookbooks on various exotic and little-known cuisines. His method involved traveling to various regions, cooking with and learning from the local people. His other books include False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook and The Varied Kitchens of India. He lived in New York until his death in 1999.
A former lecturer a the University of Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma), and the University of Hamburg, West Germany, Aung Thein is a health educator who practices the Burmese Buddhist system of medicine. He lives in Queens, New York.