The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter

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A woman cooks in a ger erected on Lake Khovsgol for Mongolia's annual Ice Festival.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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A Mongolian ger at dusk.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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The most beloved of Mongolia's "five snouts"--the Mongolian horse--atop a sacred mountain on the first morning of Tsaagan Tsar.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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My driver and friend, Dondug, poses with his nephew and Mongolia's second snout, the sheep.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Goats tied up for milking in the Gobi Desert.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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A camel near a lake where locals harvest salt in Eastern Mongolia.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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A calf brought inside for the night in the Siberian Taiga.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Mongolia's sixth snout. The Tsaatan people living in the Siberian Taiga survive by herding reindeer.

Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Buuz (steamed mutton dumplings).


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Yas (bones) are Mongolian food at its simplest.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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A woman ladles suutei tsai (traditional salted milk tea) into a teapot for Tsaagan Tsar.

Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Tsaagan Tsar sheep rump. Terrifying. Delicious.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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The scene inside a ger during Tsaagan Tsar.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Frozen Lake Khovsgol, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world.


Michael A. Parks lives with the nomadic herders of Mongolia, discovering
The Hearty Food of Mongolian Winter
and wondering why the cuisine goes so unappreciated.

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Michael A. Parks is a freelance writer living in Texas. He spent 2009 as a Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia.

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