A Feast of Serendib

Mascot. Mar. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781645432753. $40. COOKING
In this follow-up to A Taste of Serendib, Mohanraj combines recipes and personal anecdotes in a collection aimed at sharing Sri Lankan cuisine with a wider audience. Colorful pictures of dishes and scenery enhance the presentations. Chapters are divided by course. A menu planner toward the beginning of the book offers ideas on pairings and structure, while a detailed index at the back will help home cooks find their favorite dishes or ingredients. While this work gives a basic primer on the cuisine and discuses where to find ingredients or substitutions, a basic knowledge of regional cuisine is assumed.
VERDICT Readers interested in Sri Lankan or regional cuisine will be intrigued, as will those seeking more about the evolution of food as culture.

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