Description - Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins
Take an evocative journey into the heart of the real Sri Lanka with intrepid photographer and writer, Bree Hutchins. With a voracious appetite for all things culinary and an undaunting spirit of adventure, Bree ventures into areas where most foreigners don't go, seeking out the hidden kitchens of Sri Lanka.On the reawakening Jaffna Peninsula, war widows cook crab curry and fry spicy snacks, while in a remote eastern village, Sumith stirs vats of smoky milk toffee over an open fire in a factory behind his home. Bamini cooks thosai for the Hindu temple feast, and old William boils up his Ceylon tea at Colombo's dawn wholesale market, just as he's done every day for sixty years. And at Monaragala Prison, in one of the poorest districts in Sri Lanka, the inmates prepare a fragrant fish curry with pol roti.Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka is far more than a collection of traditional recipes; stunningly vivid photographs, Bree interweaves recipes with heartfelt stories about the people who opened not only their kitchens but their homes and hearts to her, to create a moving yet hopeful picture of Sri Lanka today.
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Author Biography - Bree Hutchins
Bree Hutchins has always had a passion for food and travel. Over the past decade she has eaten her way across six continents, invited herself into countless kitchens and gathered recipes from across the globe. A destined meeting with a food photographer launched Bree on a whirlwind path of change. Determined to make a living from food and travel photography, she left her job as a newly qualified lawyer and threw herself into this new career with enthusiasm and energy. In 2012, she was invited by Dilmah to spend two months travelling around Sri Lanka, photographing and writing Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka, her first book. When she's not wandering into strangers' kitchens, armed with her camera, Bree lives and works in Sydney.