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Rambutan: Recipes from Sri Lanka Hardcover – 23 Jun. 2022

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 ratings

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'"Curry Everything" says the title of the curry section in this delicious book. To which I reply: "Bring it on!" But that's not all. Cynthia also takes us on a journey through the stories and memories of her family to decipher the rich oral tradition of Sri Lankan cooking. This book makes me hungry to travel, explore and eat new things, especially curries.' ― Yotam Ottolenghi

'Cynthia's gorgeous book is full of the sorts of recipes, stories and images that burst with soul and personality, it's impossible not to fall in love with her and her food. The honesty, humor and generosity of spirit that flows from each page is a true gift to anyone who reads it'

Alison Roman

'This book is a thing of great beauty and heart. The food jumps out at you with a promise of deliciousness. I want to cook every single recipe' ―
Anna Jones

'Rambutan is a joyous book, stuffed with tantalising food and beautiful writing. Cynthia's recipes and reminiscences speak with warmth and heart and soul to the experience of those of us with roots elsewhere, of growing up feeling slightly displaced, of having to come to terms with different cultures' ―
Shamil Thakrar, Dishoom

'This book is a diamond in the rough: a proper (and honest) insider's guide to Sri Lankan home cooking via Cynthia's kitchen. I picked up this book for the food, but I'll treasure it forever for the stories' ―
Meera Sodha

'Passionate, beautiful, eye-opening & totally engaging. This is a book I struggled to put down, not just for the incredible photography or delicious sounding recipes but the storytelling around family and history which cements this as one of those books you need on your shelf' ―
Ravneet Gill

'The vivacity of storytelling, of spices and the freshest produce grown in the sunniest of climes is poured into recipes that beguile and transport the cook if not to Sri Lanka then at least to the kitchen' ―
Jeremy Lee, Quo Vadis

'Rambutan takes us by the hand to Sri Lanka, a tantalisingly delicious cookbook filled with spirited tales, cooking knowhow and tender family stories' ―
Lara Lee

'Full to the brim with bright, vibrant, colourful recipes. I love this book and want to cook and eat my way through every page!' ―
Skye Gyngell

'For those of us in the Sri Lankan diaspora food remains one of the principal ways in which we remember the country of our birth. Cynthia evokes memories of grandmothers grating coconuts, kitchen fires that seemed to burn all day and, most of all, the sharing and the talking around a table laden with food' ―
George Alagiah

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Big flavours from a small island

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing (23 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1526646579
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1526646576
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 2.54 x 2.54 x 2.54 cm
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 35 ratings

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Cynthia Shanmugalingam is a British-Sri Lankan Tamil cook who grew up in Coventry, visiting Sri Lanka in her childhood holidays and eating dishes adapted by her family at home. She is the author of "Rambutan: Recipes from Sri Lanka" (Bloomsbury UK, 2022), and has cooked her way through London since 2019, including at Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express, Palm Heights in the Cayman Islands, and at the institution that is Quo Vadis in London. Her work has been featured in The Times, Guardian, Monocle, the BBC and We Present. She splits her time between London, Jaffna and Colombo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and authentic collection of Sri Lankan recipes with some twists!
By Hash M on 24 June 2022
This covers a wide range of Sri Lankan food, from the traditional home food, street food, short eats, desserts (some novel and interesting stuff here!) and even “cool drinks”! Going through the pages have made me home sick (I’m Sri Lankan!).

The photography accompanied with each recipe along with the stories interspersed makes some valued additions and worthy of it to live in your kitchen shelf!

If you are looking for something authentically Sri Lankan, or even just looking to try something new - this book is the one to go for! I will be trying out many of the recipes and try to recreate some of the food I’ve had back at home 😄
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