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Mauritian chef’s cookbook celebrates Indian Ocean cuisine

Mauritian chef’s cookbook celebrates Indian Ocean cuisine

Move over, jollof wars of West Africa. For Selina Periampillai, a chef of Mauritian descent who grew up in London, it’s the scent of spices and the Indian Ocean cuisine that keeps her connected to a heritage that she’s now sharing with a new cookbook, “Island Kitchen.”

Periampillai, along with chef Kenny Tutt, had the chance to show off some chicken cari at the Wimbledon Food Festival, and it’s brought renewed attention to both her book – it was released in May – and the cultural tastes that she celebrates.

“When I am in my kitchen in London I need only to open the door of my larder and for a few moments I am taken back to this majestic part of the world,” she writes in the book’s introduction. “Rich, dark vanilla pods make me think of Madagascar, where they flourish. Continue reading…

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