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Rice & Curry: Sri Lankan Home Cooking (The Hippocrene International Cookbook Library) Paperback – November 28, 2011
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"...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
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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.
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
Short eats, soups and gravies
Rice and Bread
Meat and Poulty
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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My fiancee is Sri Lankan, and I've been using this to expand my repertoire of recipes I know. The recipes (I've tried ~10 so far) all really smell authentic (I base this on my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Horecka
Enjoyed the recipes. Simple and interesting and with great variety. Very authentic and I can't wait to try them outPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wonderful and very helpful to be able to find everything I need to make those dishes I grew up with right here in the US and to be able to prepare them for my family as I pass on... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barbara A McCraw
I grew up on a mix of Sri Lankan and American foods and "Rice & Curry" hits close to home. Growing up with trips to Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan family, it is the first... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cristin Rathkopf
Like its title suggests, you will be preparing Sri Lankan home cooking. Its clear and easy to follow instructions will enable you to prepare authentic and delicious Sri Lankan... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Judith Mejia
Beautifully illustrated with engaging text, this book quickly became a favorite gift for my wife. There are exquisite descriptions of exotic ingredients, recipes, and cultural... Read morePublished 24 months ago by thepatagonian
Great book if you're just beginning to explore Sri Lankan food. My husband and I follow a primla/paleo diet and nearly all the recipes fit into our eating style as they're dairy... Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by dragonlady
Well researched recipes, home style Sri Lankan cooking . Would recomend for the people who are into recipes from the Sub ContinentPublished on April 22, 2014 by Barry Pierce
After living in Sri Lanka many years ago and falling in love with the flavors, I tried over the years without success to reproduce some of the island curries at home. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Joan Paranka