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"A terrific introduction to a great culinary tradition about which egregiously little is known. Well-researched, authentic, and easy-to-follow recipes." --Anthony Bourdain, Author of KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL and TV host of NO RESERVATIONS WITH ANTHONY BOURDAIN


"...a cultural and culinary tribute to a sublimely delicious style of cooking that is simple and full flavored. You want this book. If you are suffering from flavor fatigue, consider yourself cured. Honest, authentic and dependable, the recipes are superb and the curry geeks in your house will be sated for years eating their way through this tome." --Andrew Zimmern, TV host of BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN

"A wonderful tour of a lesser-known cuisine. If you dined out and ordered Leela's Chilaw crab curry you'd make a spectacle of yourself, coating your wrists in gravy rich with coconut, curry leaves, chile, garlic and cumin, flecking your face with bits of crab shell. At home, only your family will stare, and they'll be a mess, too." --NICK FOX, New York Times

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"Thirsting for coconut water and a South Asian adventure? Satisfy that wanderlust in your own kitchen with Rice and Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking, the new book from globe-trotting gastronome S.H. Fernando Jr. Little known to all but the most intrepid eaters, Sri Lankan cuisine will introduce new, exotic pleasures to your table." --Zester Daily, zesterdaily.com

About the Author

S.H. (Skiz) Fernando Jr. is a second generation Sri Lankan-American and graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University School of Journalism. He has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, and Spin. He has produced several albums on his WordSound label, and is also writer/director of several films. In 2006, he moved to Sri Lanka for a year to learn about its cuisine and research this cookbook. In March 2009, he was featured on Travel Channel's No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, where he led the crew to Sri Lanka's hot spots. He resides in Baltimore, MD.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Hippocrene International Cookbook Library
  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781812739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812733
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Freedman on December 7, 2011
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I gained interest in this book after reading the stellar review on it in the New York Times. With such little known about Sri Lankan food I really enjoyed the new pallet of seasonings that I discovered. I have always been a fan of food from it's surrounding countries and you taste all these in these recipes, but yet they have there own Sri Lankan twist. I def recommend this for all fans of South Asian cooking!
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I purchased this book after following the Pan-Asian videos of Skiz on youtube for a while. Its amazing that the passion about this topic you can see in the videos can be found throughout the entire book as well. Beside the great amount of recipes, you can find basic and useful infos about Sri Lanka you might need if you plan to visit. I also really liked the special features about the market in Sri Lanka, Leela, Tea, etc. that makes this book a great read. So far i tried 3 recipes and they were all great. Looking forward for the Lentil Soup and Fish Ambul Thial tomorrow.
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A fantastic Sri Lankan cooking book, complete with interesting facts and history in the beginning. This book is truly authentic and has all of the Sri lankan staples. The book itself is high quality with a nice finish and a clean, organized appearance.
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I gave the Kindle version to my spouse as a Mother's Day gift to honor her mother who came from Sri Lanka and was an amazing cook. We both have many happy memories of sitting for hours with her family at the table eating rice and curry. My partner loved the cultural and historical material as well. The ultimate bonus for the whole family was that we have found the recipes easy to follow and the taste very authentic. We look forward to bringing many of these meals into common use in our home and keeping the traditions going through following generations.
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This book is useful for the recipe for the spice mixtures; Sri Lankan curries come in two basic sorts; Jaffna style, which is untoasted and Columbo-style, which is a mixture of typical curry spices that is toasted and ground. This roasting process makes Columbo curry unique and very savory. In addition, "tempering" is explained, where you add spices and onion cooked in oil onto curries at the end to add in essential flavors. This is often done with dal in India but Sri Lankan curries also use tempering to boost the flavor just before serving.

There aren't a lot of recipes in here, but there are some good ones; biryanis, rasam (a sort of tamarind sour soup that acts the same way as sorbets do in European dinners--to cleanse the palate.) There is also a recipe for the famous mulligatawny soup. And there are a few desserts that are unusual--coconut based and milk based, as many sweets from this region are. There are some unusual curries in addition to the regular mutton or lamb, goat and chicken; a pineapple and a mango curry are included. Hoppers, which are a type of fermented sourdough pancake are included. String hoppers (made from a rice noodle dough) are too complicated for home preparation and are not even made at home by most Sri Lankans. So this is a good overview of Sri Lankan cuisine--a few recipes in each category.

My Kindle book had the unfortunate glitch that made it skip past the last third of the book to the end--and I had to use the search function to access some of the recipes as scrolling through the book page by page did not work. Not sure if this is unique to my download or if it's a flaw in the publication. And there aren't a lot of recipes in this book, though the basics are definitely here. I'd say it's a good start but not an exciting book on Sri Lankan cuisine. Just enough to whet the appetite, perhaps.
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The book starts with the author's introduction with stories about food, Sri Lankan history, travel tips, spice tips and information on merits of ingredients/ spices and Ayurveda and family recipes that had been tried, tested and passed down to him by the family.
The recipes in the book are accompanied by some lovely photographs of the end results and it is hard to choose which one to try first as they all look so yummy.
He has divided Recipes in to 8 sections such as
Curry powders
Short eats, soups and gravies
Rice and Bread
Meat and Poulty
Sea Food
Vegetable, legumes,fruits & nuts
Sambols, Chutney, Pickles and Salads
and last part my favorite Desserts
He has also included Sample Menu which helps in choosing the right dish to make based on the no. of people who will eat. He has shown sample menu's for 4-6, 6-8 and for 8-10 people.
This is one of the great cook-books I have come across which explains everything from spices to dishes, culture to travel in detail. I highly reccomend this book to all the food lovers who would love to try some great and tasty recipes.
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I learned a great deal about the this fascinating country and cuisine. It is a home style cooking filled with family stories, memories as well as a travel chapter if you intend to visit this island.The recipes are easy to follow and the outcome is successful. I read the book and marked the recipes to cook. The first recipe I cooked was Leela's Legendary Milk Toffee which came out perfect! I cooked the eggplant curry, and the hard boiled eggs curry using the curry blend recipe in this book, and was very pleased with the flavor using coconut milk. There are meat, poultry, vegetarian a variety of Sambol, bread and dessert recipes that satisfy every palate. If you like to add some spice to your kitchen, then this book is a perfect addition to your collection. Make sure to watch the author on YouTube too.
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