Clearing Out Photos

I was clearing out my phone photos, and realized that I never posted these photos, which I’d hoped to use to advertise upcoming book launch events at these Bay Area stores, sigh. That was such a nice day, walking around with Jed and having lunch and talking to bookstore people. (And later Alex in Sausalito…)

All three of these stores were enthusiastic about the possibility of carrying Feast and maybe doing an event with me. They may well have ordered copies in anticipation of that, so if you’re in the Bay Area and interested in my Sri Lankan cookbook, I definitely encourage you to call them up and see if they have (or want to get) a copy for you.

Oh, and Omnivore (cookbook store) definitely both ordered books and even scheduled an event, so even though I don’t have a photo of the store here, I’m including them in the list.

Some of these stores might be closed in person, but they’re likely doing online orders, like our local bookstore here in Oak Park. Shop small, shop local, support our bookstores!

Books Inc. in Mountain View

Kepler’s Books and Magazines, Menlo Park:

Omnivore, San Francisco:

Sausalito Books by the Bay


Rest of the standard Feast book info below:

Feast is now an Amazon bestseller! Woot! COOKBOOK DETAILS:

1) ORDERING: You can order A Feast of Serendib (signed / personalized, if you like) directly from me right now, at, or from my publisher, Mascot Books:…/coo…/regional/a-feast-of-serendib/. The limited release paperback can only be ordered directly from my website. If you’re in the U.S., you can also add on my hand-roasted Sri Lankan curry powder.

A Feast of Serendib launched officially March 6, 2020, and we hope it’ll be widely available in bookstores and libraries. You can request it from your local bookstore or library! Please do! It’ll also be available on Amazon US, UK, and Canada; you can order it online.

978-1-64543-275-3 Hardcover (distributed by Ingram)
978-1-64543-377-4 ebook (on Amazon, etc.)
2370000696366 (trade paperback; only available directly from me, at Serendib Kitchen site; you can also buy the hardcover or ebook there)

2) REVIEW OR BUY IT HERE (reviews are hugely helpful in boosting visibility!):


Barnes & Noble…/1135510523…


3) JOIN THE COOKBOOK CLUB: If you’d like to support the development of more mostly Sri Lankan recipes, I’d love to have you join the cookbook club — for $2 / month, you’ll get recipes delivered to your inbox (fairly) regularly: For $10 / month, you can subscribe for fabulous treats mailed to you! (US-only).

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5) PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY 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.”


Thanks so much for your support! Indie publishing is absolutely reliant on word of mouth and the support of friends, family, and friendly internet acquaintances. 

— Mary Anne

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