The best way to learn Sri Lankan styles of cooking is, of course, booking village life holidays or cooking classes with Team Sightseeinglanka. But many visitors like to continue learning or sometimes to have a taste of their favourite holiday destination after returning home. Those interested in recreation and refinement of Sri Lankan cuisine will be glad to know that there is an excellent cookery book we can recommend to all Sri Lanka enthusiasts.
Peter Kuruvita, who has a mother from Austria and a father from Sri Lanka, has a restaurant in Sydney, he is well-known in Australia through his media presence. Peter Luruvita was born and spent his first years in England. He went to primary school in Colombo and learned Sri Lankan cooking already as a child. His youth was spent in Sydney. After finishing high school he became a well qualified cook in Sydney and London. After becoming a chef in England, he worked at renowned restaurants in the USA and again in Sydney.
In 2011 he launched a TV series called “my Sri Lanka”, travelling to every angle of the island. A similar series led him to different islands in the Pacific Ocean and another one to Mexico.
Peter Kuruvita published an illustrated book of 256 pages about his Sri Lankan kitchen in 2009. It is called “Serendip”, which is the medieval Arabic name of the island. Besides Sri Lanka curries, a wide variety of vegetable curries in particular, he also describes traditional sweets and snacks and pastries and includes recipes for curry powders, sambals and chutneys. Regional culinary variations and cultural gastronomical specialities of Tamils and Muslims are included, too.
Kuruvita comments: "One of the beautiful things about all Sri Lankans and their food is that they can rarely agree on the details of any recipe. Most and handed down through generations and each has its own very special preparation method and flavour."
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