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Serendip: My Sri Lankan Kitchen [Hardcover]

Peter Kuruvita
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Book Description

18 May 2009
Serendip takes us on a rich and rewarding journey through Sri Lanka's traditional foods, its family-orientated culture and its colourful approach to life. Acclaimed chef Peter Kuruvita has reached deep into kitchen experiences with his grandmother and aunties, and has travelled the markets and stalls of the lush green island, to bring us this comprehensive collection of Sri Lankan recipes and a host of heart-warming stories. Offering Sri Lankan curries of every kind, as well as traditional snacks, breads and sticky sweet treats, Serendip is a treasury of spicy meals and tasty morsels. Key points: beautiful location photography brings the recipes to vibrant life; authentic Sri Lankan food, simply prepared and described; historical detail and fascinating family memories

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (18 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741963648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741963649
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amazingly beautiful as well as informative. Sumptuous location and food photography are intertwined with recipes for an intriguing insight into an unfamiliar culture."
-- The Bookseller

About the Author

Born in London to an Austrian mother and Sri Lankan father, acclaimed chef Peter Kuruvita spent much of his childhood in Sri Lanka acquiring idyllic memories of family, fun and happy hours spent in the kitchen with his grandmother. His teenage years in Australia led into a career as a chef that has taken him from Sydney to prestigious restaurants in London, the USA, Fiji, Lord Howe and Hayman Islands, Bali and back to Sydney's impressive Flying Fish Restaurant. Peter's passion for Sri Lankan cuisine is evident in Serendip's fine collection of traditional recipes drawn from his family's kitchens as well as his travels to various regions of the island nation.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 3 Jun 2009
By G. Egan
Finally, an easy to follow recipe book for Sri Lankan food! This book is exactly what I have been looking for in the last 10 years. I like the little tips that Peter provides along with the recipe instructions. For example there were some tips on how to select tamarind, this was excellent. All the other Sri Lankan recipe books I have, assume that one has this knowledge innately...perhaps from watching mum cooking. I wasn't even remotely interested in learning to cook from my mum in our Sri Lankan kitchen when I was growing up, so it's refreshing to see Peter's approach at writing this book. I have all the recipe books that have been published by well known Sri Lankan cooks, but from now on, Peter's book will be the one I would recommend to anyone who wishes to master the art of Sri Lankan cooking.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful 'flavour' of Sri Lanka 12 Jan 2010
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This is a beautifully produced book and different from the run of the mill cook book in that it has reminiscence's from the author of his homeland and his family and the part they played in his interest in food. There are many photographs (especially inside the jacket that folds out to give a whole 'vista' of images of Sri Lanka) which add to the whole beautifully presented feel of the book. I purchased it as a gift for my husband who has never had his own cook book before but after our trip to Sri Lanka, was desperate to find somewhere to enjoy more of the wonderful food. Where better than in our own kitchen?! We were both delighted to read the book first and be excited to see recipes of many of our favourite foods, even the gorgeous breakfast hopper (we had purchased a hopper pan from the local market and obtained the hotel chef's recipe to try at home whilst in Sri Lanka!)
The recipes are laid out easily and for any ingredients the author thinks may be tricky to get outside Sri Lanka, he suggests alternatives. We have found nothing so far that we cannot obtain in local specialist (chinese/indian) food shops.
Sri Lanka is an amazing country and this book is a wonderful reminder of it. We cannot wait to go back, meanwhile we can enjoy the authentic recipes in this fabulous book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of home 23 Sep 2013
We live out side of our beautiful paradise island. We have been watching Peter's programmes on TV and was fortunate to find this book on amazon! Invited some non Sri Lankan friends over for dinner with some dishes made for this book and the dishes came out absolutely like they should with the typical Sri Lankan taste and our guests and us just loved the food!! Had the table laid out in typical Sri Lankan style in clay pots. A must buy for all Sri Lankans and those who love food that really treats your taste buds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful cookbook 8 Dec 2012
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Being married to a Sri Lankan my attempts of curry have rarely hit the spot! My first attempt using a recipe from this book was a huge hit. It really is a beautiful book to own and we have now bought more copies as gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for the kitchen shelf 30 April 2010
By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE
This is a gorgeous sumptuous book, too good to keep on the kitchen shelf getting greasy. Lots of pictures of the food, and family pictures of the author growing up as this is essentially a personal memoir as well as a cook book. The food photographs are perfectly styled to evoke long languid relaxed family meals, and the recipes are straightforward enough to ensure the cook stays as relaxed as the guests. None of the recipes are complicated, and most of the ingredients are freely available these days, though the authors' insistence on using some of the ingredients, such as curry leaves, fresh only is a bit of a challenge where I live. I would have liked a "where to buy" section at the back of the book, but I'm sure a quick google (other search engines are available) will find most of the products for me. Sri Lankan cooking has been a backwater in Indian cuisine for a long time, but hopefully books like this will make it more popular and widely known. This book is excellent for anyone interested in Asian cooking, but a must for anyone who has enjoyed a holiday in Sri Lanka, and wants to preserve the memory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reminder of sunny sri lankan holidays 18 May 2013
By linda
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Good recipes, lots of local ones, not found in other books (hoppers) and plenty of photos of the beautuful country of Sri Lanka. Good to look through and read even if you are not cookin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 12 Mar 2013
By Katyk
Beautiful book with easy to follow recipes i've just returned from sri lanka and it took straight back amazing country great food
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 2 Dec 2013
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Having just holidayed in Sri Lanka, this is a great book for trying to practice recreating some of the amazing foods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sri lankan food
Having travelled to Sri Lanka a couple of times now I wanted to learn about their food. and find recipes to make at home. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C I Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars YUMMY!
After travelling around Sri Lanka and spending most of my time with locals, I couldn't not buy this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PolarBear
5.0 out of 5 stars serendip
Excellent book great recipes and very well presented purchased this book for several members of my family all rate it very highly.
Published 8 months ago by Lorraine Panter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present for Anyone Interested in Sri Lanka and its Cookery
Bought this for my husband who spent 8 years growing up in Sri Lanka as a child and he loved it. The photography and stories that accompany the recipes make this book read more... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs L
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
full of proper sri Lankan dishes, very lovely book with great pictures and stories would recommend it , memories of sri lanka
Published 11 months ago by robert d mith
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented
A well thought out book with little anecdotes and lovely photos to accompany the recipes which entice you to try the dishes
Published 12 months ago by Nikki King
4.0 out of 5 stars serendip: My Sri Lanka kitchen
Good & very knowledgeable for itermiadiate or advanced cook.
Makes myself living & breathing in Sri Lanka. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ruban
5.0 out of 5 stars Sri Lankan cook book
My wife and I holidayed in Sri Lanka earlier this year and loved the food (as well as the scenery, wildlife, people etc). Read more
Published 16 months ago by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Serendip My SriLanka Kitchen
Again after living in SriLanka loved the information and new recipes given. Made moreinsteresting with the personal history of the family
Published 16 months ago by Mrs J Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Memories
I purchased this book for my husband and sister-in-law. My husband and I had a brilliant touring holiday in Sri Lanka at the end of March 2013 and we loved the food and culture. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shaun
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