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Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was a cross roads in the sea routes of the East. Three waves of colonization—Portuguese, Dutch and British—and the Chinese laborers who came with them, left their cul
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 6th 2020 by Mascot Press
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Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Feast of Serendib by Mary Anne Mohanraj is a 2019 Serendib Press publication.

This is a wonderful and colorful cookbook featuring recipes featuring several geographical blends, but is mainly based in Sri Lanka. The recipes are eclectic, exotic, yet simple.

Naturally the author began with a brief lesson on the spices one will want to have on hand. Once more I was struck by how many of these spices are also frequently used here in Texas and are quite easy to find at my local supermarket- no specia
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4☆ A Scrumptious Sri Laken Cookbook, bursting with Flavour!

A Feast of Serendib is a Scrumptious Cookery Book that features an explosion of flavours and recipies that are simply perfect if you love Sri Lankan Food.

I have to admit I'm not a lover of spice and heat but my partner and my dad love trying out new dishes. My partner loves nothing more than being in the kitchen and whipping up a spicy storm.
So he really is looking forward to creating some of the dishes. You never know I might even be br
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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So, unfortunately I haven't been able to attempt to make some of the fabulous recipes in this cookbook, but I may going to try it out now that I have to make lunch every day to take to work. You have no idea how much excitement I have bottled inside of me because of some of the recipes.

Although I can't tell you personally my thoughts on the recipes since I haven't try them out, I can tell you right now the ones I'm trying out first: Braised Pepper Chicken; Ginger-Garlic Chicken; Beef and Potato
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
These recipes are strange and wonderful, yet homelike and comforting. Most of them fairly easy to make with ingredients available from a good supermarket or online.
Surprise your family and guests with your skill at Sri Lankan cooking.
We are planning our Christmas dinner from this cookbook!

I received this book free from Mascot Books in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars! I'm so happy I won this book in a giveaway! It's such a gorgeous hardback. I have to say I'm most excited to try to make the teas (especially the boba balls), but everything sounds so delicious! My only reason for not giving this the full 5 stars is that the pictures aren't the best quality for some recipes, but I think that might just be my giveaway advance reader's copy. I love this book and I'd definitely recommend it! ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book with beautiful pictures. The recipes I've made from it have been delicious, and I look forward to exploring more of them. My personal favorites so far have been cauliflower poriyal and beef and potato curry (which I often make with at least part carrots, since they freeze better).

Now I'm hungry.
Linda Hill
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wide variety of recipes from Mary Anne Mohanraj’s Sri Lankan heritage.

I thoroughly enjoyed this cookery book because of Mary Anne Mohanraj’s honest conversational tone. It’s more like listening to a friend describe her cooking than reading an austere and prescriptive chef’s manual! The author frequently drops in tips about changes that can be made such as adding alcohol or substituting dried for fresh herbs and spices which might be more readily accessible. It made me smile when she pointed ou
Stephanie Weaver
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received a PDF review copy of this book, and enjoyed reading through it and trying some recipes. I made the roasted curry powder (1/4 of the recipe, since it would have made enough to last me a million years) and the beef smoore using that same curry powder. Beef was melt-in-your-mouth tender and the sauce was yummy over rice. If you're interested in this cuisine I can recommend this book, although people who have not cooked South Asian cuisine before might be taken aback by the number of ingr ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I have enjoyed and loved watching Mary Anne develop these recipes on her facebook and wanted a singular place for them. And now I have this very pretty cookbook. Filled with recipes, stories of Sri Lanka, Poetry and more, it feels like Mary Anne is leaning over your shoulder while you cook helping you make something yummy.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had never cooked Sri Lankan food before and am a total novice at South Asian food in general, but the recipes here are very easy for a beginner to follow. Everything I have tried so far has tasted amazing! My kids loved the ginger garlic chicken in particular.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is in praise of a cookbook—a rare type of review for me. I purchased “A Taste of Serendib” directly from the author a few years back. That paperbound book was a good introduction to the dishes in this book, “A Feast of Serendib”. It contains a few of the recipes from the earlier book but so many more. When I look through the earlier book, I find dates and stains that indicate what recipes I’ve tried and loved. All of the ones that I’ve tried are easy, don’t require multiple steps, but provi ...more
Danielle Urban
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Feast of Serendib: Recipes from Sir Lanka by Mary Anne Mohanraj is a great cookbook. I loved the variety of recipes from this culture. The recipes were healthy and delicious. A little of everything for foodies like me to eat. Several recipes were foods I have tried and already know. I was surprised. Overall, this is a must have for any kitchen.

I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By “read” I mean I have read all of the background and recipes and know where I will be starting, not that I have cooked everything. This beautifully produced book has a lot of helpful information on cooking for different diets, tastes, and heat tolerances, as well as locating ingredients less common in my area and substituting when needed. I also appreciate the author’s advice on what can be prepared ahead of time and what’s best fresh.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this look into Sri Lankan cooking. I have already tried two recipes, and my family enjoyed both. The recipes are very approachable and some are very flexible. Many of them involve ingredients I keep on hand in my pantry, so the recipes are great for a "home cook" like me who is interested in expanding their go-to recipes! ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. So many delicious recipes and gorgeous pictures. The majority of the foods are new to me but I am so excited to try some of them out.
Lee A Drake
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This fantastic, colorfully illustrated and carefully thought out cookbook covers Sri Lankan cooking in incredible detail and with careful attention. From making your own spice mix to appetizers and desserts the recipes are interspersed with stories of Sri Lanka and what cooking their food means to the author. Highly recommended. I have made several recipes both simple and complex and the results have been a winner with my family and friends each time. I Kickstarted the book but it will be availa ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get early access to this book through the Kickstarter campaign, and have savored meals with delicious curry powder made by the chef herself (find the recipe at the website).

Mary Anne's cookbook is a luscious introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine, with easy to follow recipes, great tips, and wonderful interludes on history, culture and memories.

There is something for everyone in this sumptuous Feast!
Sara Carini
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrific and easy-to-follow recipes! My 9 year old son helped me buy the spices to grind our own Sri Lankan curry powder and loves when I cook with it. I have also given a copy as a gift.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

This is one of the most user-friendly cookbooks I've ever had the pleasure of owning. Mohanraj provides just enough context and tells just the right stories to situate the recipe within the cultures this book represents, and then moves right along to the nitty gritty of the recipe itself. When we encounter uncommon ingredients, equipment, or techniques, there are plentiful tips on what can be fiddled with or worked around, and we're given a heads up when something i
Allison Henle
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delicious, easy-to-follow recipes.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written, as usual, full of delicious recipes and tidbits from Sri Lanka.
Misfits farm
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is wonderful cookbook of recipes from Sri Lanka. A country I loved when visiting and the food is delicious so this was a perfect match when I was asked to review it. the books is divided into sections from appetisers and snacks , eggs poultry and meat, vegetable, accompaniments, grains, drinks and sweets. There is a nice personal introduction of how the book came into being and tips such as not buying shredded coconut in the baking aisle (more than likely it will be sweetened). There are me ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have recently been paying more attention to cookbooks because I am trying to eat healthier. I also wish to expand my tastebuds. Looking at the photos in this delicious book alone makes me drool with anticipation.
I admit that I am not familiar with a number of the spices used in these recipes, but was pleasantly surprised when they were not difficult to locate locally.
Normally I prefer a printed copy of a cookbook. This time, the pdf version, viewed online, was equally as satisfying.

I also had
Bill Fletcher
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book that introduced me to Sri Lankan cooking (about 60 yrs too late!). Great recipes, easy to follow instructions and a really nice selection of vegetarian options. My favorite? The fried liver curry. We’ve made it with chicken livers and with seitan as a veggie substitute; both are delicious. Best of all, the Sri Lankan spice mix isn’t killer spicy so even friends who can’t handle ‘hot’ can enjoy.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So I haven't read the entire book yet, because my TBR pile is a massive and constantly growing thing. I did, however, skim through a few bits (partly because I follow the author online and love much of her writing). So far? I'm in love with this book, and I don't even cook. The stories, the explanations of method, all of it. ...more
Caroline Venables
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful book. I am a complete newcomer to Sri Lankan cuisine, and this book was really informative.

Apart from the beautiful pictures it was lovely to read the history connected to them.
Tessie Aikara
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the recipes and tried making the chicken curry recipe. Excited to try more!
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Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Other recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, Perennial: A Garden Romance (Tincture), stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies.

Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning s

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