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Hey, folks -- this is the one I've been talking about for two years, the Sri Lankan cookbook.  Feast is a successor to A Taste of Serendib, which people seemed to like quite a bit, but fifteen years later, I'm actually a much better cook. :-)  This Kickstarter will pay for indie-publishing the book, covering costs for professional layout, cover design, Sri Lankan artists adding their own special touches to the book, and printing / shipping costs.  

Egg Hopper
Egg Hopper

$1000 will cover the basic costs for the e-book, which will have a color photo for every recipe.   $2500 gets us to the trade paperback,  which will be in b/w without to keep costs down as much as possible (with a link to a full archive of color photos).   But I am adding a treat -- the print books will be accompanied by more than a dozen unique pen-and-ink sketches from Sri Lankan artist Pamudu Tennakoon (Rough initial sketch below).  I'm very glad to be able to include a Sri Lankan artist in this project!

Stringhopper-making sketch
Stringhopper-making sketch

 $4000 covers the costs for producing the hardcover too, with a color photo for every recipe, Pamudu's sketches, that same link to a full archive of color photos, and another Sri Lankan artist commissioned to create a unique cover illustration, ensuring the final edition is a gorgeous piece of artwork.  Which I would really really love; let's cross our fingers, shall we?  (EDIT:  FUNDED!)

Curry!
Curry!

Anything beyond $4000 would mean I would actually get to pay myself for my time, which would be quite lovely, so I think we'd better add a stretch goal.

Honeyed Marshmallows with Rosewater and Saffron
Honeyed Marshmallows with Rosewater and Saffron

Stretch Goal #1: If we make it to $7000, I'm going to throw in, to every single level, a digital copy each of my two  cookbooks, Vegan Serendib, and The Marshmallows of Serendib.   Vegan Serendib is composed of recipes  from Feast, so there's no new content, but it'd make a lovely gift for your vegan friend.  The Marshmallows of Serendib offers a dozen additional tropical marshmallow recipes, such as "Chocolate-Dipped Tamarind-Chili" and "Honeyed with Rosewater and Saffron."  Marshmallows are traditional holiday sweets in Sri Lanka, and I went on a little bit of a marshmallow binge last year.  Read more about them at my Serendib Kitchen site.  (EDIT:  FUNDED!  Three cookbooks for all!)

Stretch Goal #2:  If we make it to $10,000, I'm going to throw in, to every single level, a digital copy of a new cookbook I expect to have developed by the end of May, Gluten Free Serendib.  Like Vegan Serendib, this is going to be a compilation of at least forty recipes from Feast (possibly with one or two new additions).  What excites me about this cookbook is that it gives a safe place for those who need to avoid gluten to start exploring Sri Lankan food. What they'll find is that a *lot* of Sri Lankan food is gluten-free already. :-) Which is a great, joyous discovery that I'd like to help pass on to the gluten-free community. Just like the other ebooks, if we make goal, everyone who pledges will get this one too!  (EDIT:  FUNDED!  FOUR cookbooks for all!)

Stretch Goal #3:  if we make it to $15,000 on the cookbook, I'm committing to doing at least 3 full recipe cooking videos and 3 shorter process videos -- processes like 'how to make / swirl a hopper.'   I think that's do-able, though if you can take a moment to share the project with your friends and family, that'll definitely help!

Honestly, I'm hoping to do a lot more videos than that, but we'll see how it goes! Here's the first one, a teaser -- it's just me and my assistant, Heather, and I'm teaching you how to make ginger-garlic chicken, which is my kids' favorite Sri Lankan dish -- it's super-popular with kids, adults, and is generally an easy and approachable dish. If you can sauté, you can make this!

(NOTE: The stove clicking will be fixed for future videos!  Sorry about that!)

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This first set will be of roughly this quality, so correlate your expectations appropriately. If it goes well, maybe we'll hire a videographer down the line, and do it all a little more professionally? Well, we'll see. For now, it'll be like this -- hopefully you'll like it!

Coconut Sambol
Coconut Sambol

Please note:  Shipping costs are separate (Kickstarter will tell you how much when you select a reward) -- I am very happy to ship everywhere, though I'm based in the U.S., and shipping materials elsewhere is more than I'd like.  Do be aware that if you order just  print books, they'll be coming straight from the distributor, which helps keep shipping costs as low as possible; that means I won't be able to personalize them or include other goodies.  All of the other packages will be shipped out by me.  

(Locals, I'll be having a launch party or parties in June-ish -- if you want to do in-person pick-up of a book to save shipping costs, that'll definitely be an option, assuming the Kickstarter actually funds.  Join my newsletter to be sure to get a note about them:  https://tinyletter.com/mohanraj)

Mary Anne making stringhoppers.
Mary Anne making stringhoppers.

I've tried to make A Feast of Serendib as affordable as possible, because my main goal here is to share my favorite cuisine with you all.  E-books should be ready by the end of April, trade paperback and hardcover by July, if not sooner.  I can't quite believe that after all these years, it's actually done; I just hope you all love this food as much as I do.

LOCALS:  if you'd like to do porch pick-up and avoid shipping charges, head to the bottom of this post for details.

Here's the recipe list -- enjoy!

 - Mary Anne

Three Sambols
Three Sambols

 Master Recipe: Sri Lankan Curry Powder

 Master Recipe: Seasoned Onions 

Appetizers / ‘Short Eats’ and Snacks

 Chili-Mango Cashews / Kari-Maangai Kaju

 Chinese Rolls (usually Mutton)

 Curried Mushroom Spread

 Curry Buns / Mas Paan

 Fish (or Ground Beef, or Vegetable) Cutlets

 Plain or Prawn Lentil Patties / Kadalai or Iraal Vadai 

 Patties (usually Chicken)

 Ribbon Tea Sandwiches (Carrot, Beet, and Spinach)

 Tangy Shrimp on Toast 

Eggs, Poultry, and Meat

 Introduction to Meat and Poultry Curries 

 Deviled Chili Eggs 

 Egg Curry / Muttai Kari

 Omelette

 Omelette Curry

 Eggs in Meatballs / Scotch Eggs / Nargisi (Narcissus) Kofta

 Braised Pepper Chicken

 Chicken Curry / Kozhi Kari

 Deviled Chicken

 Ginger-Garlic Chicken

 Roast Barbecue Chicken

 Fried Liver Curry / Eeral Kari

 Black Pork Curry / Panri Iraichchi Kari / Padre Kari 

 Meatball Curry / Frikkadel 

 Goat (Mutton) Curry / Aattu Irachchi Kari

 Lamb Curry / Semmari Aattu Iraichchi Kari

 Beef Smoore / Mas Ismoru

 Beef and Potato Curry / Mas Kizhangu Kari

 Tangy Peppered Beef Stew

Fish and Seafood

 Crab Curry / Nandu Kari

 Cuttlefish or Squid Curry / Kanavai Kari

 Deviled Shrimp 

 Fish White Curry / Meen Kari

 Mackerel and Egg Curry 

 Tamarind Shrimp Curry / Iral Kari

 Spicy Fried Fish / Poricha Meen

 Spicy-Tangy Fish / Ambulthiyal 

Vegetables

Basic Approaches to Vegetables

Curry (vegetables cooked in coconut milk)

 Beet Curry 

 Carrot and Green Bean Curry

 Cashew Curry / Kaju Kari

 Drumstick Curry / Murungaikkai Kari 

 Eggplant Curry / Kathrikkai Kari

 Green Mango Curry / Mankkai Kari

 Green Jackfruit Curry / Pilakkai Kari

 Okra Curry / Vendikkai Kari

 Ripe Jackfruit Curry / Palapazham Kari

Deviled (vegetables fried with cayenne, tomato and onions)

 Deviled Potatoes / Urulai Kizhangu

Poriyal (vegetables fried with seasoned onions)

 Asparagus Poriyal

 Brussels Sprouts Poriyal

 Cauliflower Poriyal

 Eggplant, Potato, and Pea Pod Poriyal

 Mixed Vegetable Poriyal

Tempered (cooked vegetables mixed with seasoned onions)

 Tempered Lentils / Paruppu

 Tempered Potatoes

Varai (steamed or stir-fried vegetables with coconut)

 Broccoli Varai

 Cabbage Varai / Muttaikoss Varai

 Green Bean Varai

Special Dishes

 Lime-Masala Mushrooms

 Vegetable and Lentil Stew / Sambar

Accompaniments

 Cucumber Salad

 Pickled Beet Salad

 Green Coconut Chutney / Thengai Chutney

 Mango-Ginger Chutney

 Bitter Gourd Sambol / Paavakkai Sambol

 Chili Onion Sambol / Lunu Miris Sambol

 Coconut Sambol / Thengai-Poo, or Pol Sambol

 Eggplant Sambol / Kattharikkai Sambol

 Kale Sambol

 Sweet Onion Sambol / Seeni Sambol

 Coconut Milk Gravy / Sothi

 Coriander Soup / Kothamalli Rasam

 Cucumber-Tomato Raita

 Leeks Fried with Chili 

 Mango Pickle / Maangai Oorukkai

Grains

 Bombay Toast / Bombatoast

 Chopped Roti Stir-Fry / Kottu Roti

 Golden Rice Pilaf

 Herbal Porridge / Kola Kenda

 Hoppers / Appam

 Lamb Biryani (or Goat, Beef, or Chicken)

 Noodles

 Plain Roti / Kothambu Roti

 Red Rice Congee

 Savory Rice Pancakes / Thosai 

 Steamed Rice Cakes / Idli

 Steamed Rice Flour and Coconut / Arisi-Maa Pittu

 Steamed Rice Flour and Coconut with Milk / Pal Pittu

 Stir-Fried Semolina / Uppuma

 Stringhoppers / Idiyappam

 Stringhopper Biryani / Idiyappam Biryani

 Vegetarian Biryani

Drinks

 Chai

 Cocktails

 Falooda

 Fresh Sweet Lime Juice / Thesikkai Saaru 

 Mango Lassi

 Mango-Passionfruit Punch or Mimosa

Sweets

 Love Cake

 Mango Fluff 

 Marshmallows

 Milk Toffee / Pal Tofi

 Rich Cake

 Spiced Coconut Custard / Vattalappam

 Sweet Thosai / Inippu Thosai

 Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger-Lime-Honey Dressing

 Tropical Fruit Salad with Chili, Salt, and Lime

Biryani on my dining room mantel.
Biryani on my dining room mantel.

*****

(Most of the photos this page by Paul Goyette.  Most of the photos in the book, like the marshmallows photo, will be by me.)

eBook cover, designed by Jeremy John Parker
eBook cover, designed by Jeremy John Parker

FOR LOCALS (CHICAGOLAND):

Locals, several of you have asked about whether you can buy the cookbook and avoid shipping costs. Yes, but it's a little complicated. Here's the details:

a) during the Kickstarter, if you just want books / postcards, you can pre-order at this link:  http://serendibkitchen.com/shop/

b) if you want the larger reward packages, you need to do the Kickstarter (because I need to track quantities on those, since they're limited). You'll be charged for shipping by Kickstarter, but I should be able to reimburse you about 85-90% of shipping costs after the fact, if you want to do porch pick-up instead -- some percentages do get taken out by Kickstarter and the payment processors, so you wouldn't get it all back. I'll calculate exact amounts when all this is over. (It's a little bit of extra work for me, but on the other hand, I want you to have that option, and it does help the overall visible funding climb, which is nice for making the project more visible. So feel free to choose this option if you like. When Heather is working on fulfillment, she'll send an e-mail to Chicagoland folks asking if you'd rather do local pick-up or have items shipped.)

c) we'll be having local events, such as a launch party in mid-June at Eastgate Cafe, and I'll have books there, and probably food photos, recipe cards, sweets, and soaps as well. But no guarantees on what exactly I'll have in stock at that point, or what I'll haul around to events. I'm hoping to be at What's Blooming on Harrison, but not sure if the books will be ready by then. I'm also hoping to have all of this ready for WisCon, where the SLF will be doing a party with Rad Magpie AND staffing a dealer's table, you should come to both, but no guarantees that the books will be ready that early! Hopefully!

thanks,

Mary Anne

Risks and challenges

I think I'm honestly all set -- I've been working on this a long time, and the book is basically done, aside from the fine-tuning of design. It's just barely possible that no one will order it, and I'll have to cancel -- but that's not very likely! I hope!

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    Dinner Party (US, Canada, Mexico)

    8 copies of Feast, 8 packs of curry powder, 8 packs of 6 recipe postcards, and a three-course Sri Lankan dinner for 8 at your home (with or without me as a guest), with cocktails and wine. I will have someone traveling with me to assist with food prep and service. Must be scheduled to take place by August 2020.

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    • Feast in your choice of paperback or hardcover
    • Pack of curry powder
    • 6 recipe postcards
    • Dinner party for 8 at your home
    • Feast e-book
    • 24 digital photos
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    Island Relaxation

    Your choice of paperback or hardcover of Feast + 8 oz. dark-roasted curry powder + a set of a 6 recipe postcards + a sampler of my homemade Sri Lankan sweets + a sampler of six of my handmade peacock soaps, rose bath bombs, and rose-sandalwood bath salts, all featuring rose petals from my own garden. Relax, indulge, and enjoy!

    Includes:
    • Feast in your choice of paperback or hardcover
    • Pack of curry powder
    • 6 recipe postcards
    • Sampler of Sri Lankan Sweets
    • Sampler of bath indulgences
    • Feast e-book
    • 24 digital photos
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