Feast: clear, illuminating, terrific, superb!

I had that slightly kvetchy post a few days ago about words that undercut overall positive reviews — it turns out that my other Publisher’s Weekly review, for the anthology I edited, Survivor, also has the word ‘uneven’ in it. I suspect all collection & anthology publishers dread that word in reviews; how impossible it is to put out a completely even collection of stories!

But that said, I’m very much enjoying the words in the new Feast review. I am reveling in them, luxuriating in them. I would like to take them to bed and whisper sweet nothings in their ears…oops, too far? 

They said my book was:

– clear
– illuminating
– terrific
– superb

Superb. SUPERB!

I will forgive you for those earlier ‘uneven’s, PW. 

Starred review! “Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), a literature professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, introduces readers to the comforting cuisine of Sri Lanka in this illuminating collection of more than 100 recipes. Waves of immigration from China, England, the Netherlands, and Portugal influenced the unique cuisine of Sri Lanka, Mohanraj writes, as evidenced by such dishes as Chinese rolls (a take on classic egg rolls in the form of stuffed crepes that are breaded and fried); fish cutlets (a culinary cousin of Dutch bitterballen fried croquettes); and English tea sandwiches (filled here with beets, spinach, and carrots). With Sri Lanka’s proximity to India, curry figures heavily, with options for chicken, lamb, cuttlefish, or mackerel. A number of poriyal dishes, consisting of sautéed vegetables with a featured ingredient, such as asparagus or brussels sprouts, showcase a Tamil influence. Throughout, Mohanraj does a superb job of combining easily sourced ingredients with clear, instructive guidance and menu recommendations for all manner of events, including a Royal Feast for over 200 people. This is a terrific survey of an overlooked cuisine.” — Publisher’s Weekly

It’ll be in bookstores in March, but folks can order directly from me for the next month, at Serendibkitchen.com. Eep.

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