Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The Cookbook

eBook - 2017
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Feather-light hoppers, fiery sambols, subtly spiced curries and unique 'vada' (fried snacks) come together in this definitive collection of Sri Lanka's most authentic and vibrant recipes. As Sri Lanka is being rediscovered a travel destination, its varied cuisine is also under the spotlight. As well as absorbing influences from India, the Middle East, Far East Asia and myriad European invaders, the small island also has strong Singhalese and Tamil cooking traditions and this cookbook brings these styles together to showcase the best of the country's culinary heritage. Dig into 100 recipes that celebrate the island's wonderful ingredients, from okra and jackfruit to coconut and chillies, and explore its culture through original travel photography of the country, its kitchens and its people.
Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln, 2017
Edition: First Francis Lincoln edition
ISBN: 9781781012130
Characteristics: 1 online resource (255 pages) : color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Ellawala, Niranjala M.

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Nov 20, 2017

LOVE this cookbook! This is Sri Lankan cooking for Sri Lankans. There is no "adaption" using western ingredients and no substitutions of western cookware. There are no changes to the recipes for western tastes: wow, really, 6 1/2 cups of dried chilies, 3 cups of coriander seeds, etc for a curry powder recipe that can be stored "up to 2 months" or "enough for twenty-five recipes". More than that, the author obviously LOVES the cooking of their country. Recipe after recipe is labelled "delicious" or "this is a treasured dish for parties or weddings".
This book is an honest window into another culture's tastes and way of life. Being a western wimp, I just tried the bread/dosa recipes, and they were excellent. I also respect that the book begins with a short history, with no whitewashing of the recent civil war. So often authors "pretty up" history to present a Walt Disney version of their country.


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