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Samaithu Paar shi Ammal Publications publish the world famous South Indian Vegetarian cook books “Samaithu Par” in Tamil and “Cook and See “. 3 Jun S Meenakshi Ammal’ ‘Samaithu Paar’ is packed with sudden instructions, underlying threats but also recognisable recipes broken down with. The first volume of Samaithu Paar was published in More than just a cookery book, it was intended to serve as a manual for daily use. Over the years.

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Sreipriya rated it it was amazing Sep 28, This single location in Western Australia: Barathi marked it as to-read Dec 09, The story goes that her son walked shop-to-shop requesting owners to samaothu the book, finally convincing Higginbothams to display one as well.

Voracious marked it as to-read Apr 25, When her son was finally older, her uncle KV Krishnaswami Aiyer convinced her to compile a book of her recipes. Someone learning to cook might find this book mildly terrifying, because the instructions flow like a stream of consciousness narrative albeit with slightly obsessive details.

Here the recipes of my childhood are broken down with a simplicity that is perfect for men and women who have never ventured into the kitchen except to drop their used plates. The Classic Guide to Tamil Cuisine 3.


What S Meenakshi Ammal’s ‘Samaithu Paar’ taught me about life and third-rate vegetables

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Lakshmi marked it as to-read Feb 14, And so it occurs to me that just like the early migrants from the s, I have samaitthu found courage and solace in food from home. Lakshmi marked it oaar to-read Aug 18, SA rated it it was ok Nov 05, The book has now been translated into various languages and although the vintage illustrated cover featuring a dreamy young bride cooking has been replaced by a photo of idlis and vadas, the book still commands an ever-growing audience.

However, her cooking was sublime and she was constantly pestered for recipes and instructions from friends and ssmaithu. Aaaaaa marked it as to-read Mar 19, Tanuja marked it as to-read Aug 04, Damaithu seems to me that S Meenakshi Ammal usually appears to one under duress. In line with this, Meenakshi Ammal came out with two more volumes of Samaithu Par. Relatives going abroad would request Ammal for specifics and she would answer them with succinct recipes in blue inland letters.

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I may not know what minus is without a calculator, but I do know how many cups of rice would feed a table of four, I know every masala in my little box of spices by scent and texture and I can guess how much pepper must be ground for a particularly piquant milagu rasam. Sundaralakshmi marked it as to-read Dec 15, Meena Prakash marked it as to-read Sep 02, And I can see why, the instructions that once instilled paranoia in me seem considerate now.


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These books served indeed to remind many of our youngsters away from our country, of home and family. Kavitha rated it really liked it Mar 31, More recently, families have taken to gifting their sons the book as they leave their homes for idli-less shores.

Suresh Babu rated it liked it Feb 08, Aramam marked it as to-read Sep 26, Dileepan marked it as to-read Dec 03, Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition.