The Kerala Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections from the Syrian Christians of South India (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)

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This book evokes the beauty of a bygone era and the vibrant texture of community life through a hundred recipes, engaging recollections, and beautiful photographs. Long before the time of Christ, the lure of spices took traders and seafarers to Kerala, a prosperous and highly literate state on the tropical Malabar Coast of south-western India. Saint Thomas the Apostle also travelled this spice route, preaching to and converting several Brahmin families who later intermarried with the Syrians who settled in Kerala; the Syrian Christians or Nazaranis of Kerala were born of this confluence.Centuries later, ayurvedic massage resorts and scenic backwaters make this lush land a top tourist destination, and spices still draw both traveller and gourmand to the rich, abundant culinary tradition of this people. Meen Vevichathu (Fish Curry cooked in a clay pot), Erachi Olathiathu (Fried Meat), and Njandu Karri (Crab Curry) are among the book's savoury delights, along with varied rice preparations such as Puttu (Steamed Rice Cake), Paalappam (Lace-Rimmed Pancakes), and tropical desserts such as Karikku Pudding (Tender Coconut Pudding) and Thenga Paalum Nendrikkai (Baked Plantain with Coconut Cream). Interwoven between these recipes, in the best tradition of the cookbook memoir, are tales from the past and present, of talking doves, toddy shops, travelling chefs and killer coconuts.

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About the Author:

Lathika George is a Bombay-born Syrian Christian who moved to Kerala in her teens. She and her husband now reside in Kodaikanal, India, where she runs a landscape design firm specializing in hill station gardens. An intrepid cook and culinary enthusiast, she visits Kerala frequently and is currently working on her next book.

Review:

"Here you will find clear recipes for the best of Kerala's fine foods, written with great love by someone who has been a part of that culinary tradition since birth." --MADHUR JAFFREY, author of more than 15 cookbooks including At Home with Madhur Jaffrey, 100 Weeknight Curries, and Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian
"I have never read a cookbook from cover to cover in one sitting, but then The Kerala Kitchen is so much more than a cookbook: It is a travelogue, memoir, and food diary. What better way to understand the community of Syrian Christians of Kerala my community than through our appetites. THE KERALA KITCHEN is a must...the easy and elegantly described recipes, the primer on spices and their uses, make these dishes accessible to all. Enjoy!" --ABRAHAM VERGHESE, author of Cutting for Stone and My Own Country
"A delightful, evocative, sumptuous menu, redolent of fresh green paddy fields, coconut palms swaying in the breeze, and the pungent spices of the Malabar coast--mouth-watering and heart-warming! --SHASHI THAROOR
--Madthur Jaffrey

A delightful, evocative, sumptuous menu, redolent of fresh green paddy fields, coconut palms swaying in the breeze, and the pungent spices of the Malabar coast...mouth-watering and heart-warming! --Shashi Tharoor

I have never read a cookbook from cover to cover in one sitting, but then The Kerala Kitchen is so much more than a cookbook: It is a travelogue, memoir, and food diary. What better way to understand the community of Syrian Christians of Kerala my community than through our appetites. THE KERALA KITCHEN is a must...the easy and elegantly described recipes, the primer on spices and their uses, make these dishes accessible to all. Enjoy! --Abraham Verghese

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Descrizione libro Hippocrene Books, New York, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Second Printing.. 240 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. COOKBOOKS. Long before the time of Christ, the lure of spices drew seafarers to Kerala, a lush, tropical state on the Malabar Coast of South India. Saint Thomas also traveled this spice route, converting several Brahmin families who later intermarried with Syrians who had settled here; giving birth to the vibrant Syrian Christian community of Kerala. Today, ayurvedic massage resorts, backwater cruises, and spices still draw both travelers and gourmands to its rich culinary heritage. It is this legacy that The Kerala Kitchen celebrates through 150 delectable recipes and the equally unforgettable stories that accompany them. Featured here are such savory delights as Meen Vevichathu (Fish Curry Cooked in a Clay Pot), Parippu (Lentils with Coconut Milk) and Thiyal (Shallots with Tamarind and Roasted Coconut). Equally mouthwatering are a variety of rice preparations, Puttu (Steamed Rice Cake) and Paalappam (Lace-Rimmed Pancakes), and tempting desserts like Karikku Pudding (Tender Coconut Pudding). These dishes are adapted for the North American kitchen, and accompanied by a guide to spices, herbs, and equipment, as well as a glossary of food terms. In the best tradition of the cookbook memoir, there are tales of talking doves, toddy shops, traveling chefs and killer coconuts, evoking the beauty of a bygone era as well as the compelling pull of the present one. Full of beautiful photographs, charming illustrations and lyrical memories of food and family, The Kerala Kitchen is a delicious, memorable read. (Key Words: Cookbooks, Food, Indian Cooking, Syria, India, Kerala, Lathika George, Latha George Pottenkulam). book. Codice libro della libreria 70225X2

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