Book launch "Before it's all forgotten" authored by Shivahari Sellamuttu
Published: 26 Sep 2013
Press release: The book was officially launched on the 15th of September, by her teacher from Vembadi Girls High School Jaffna Prof. Dr Gnana Kulendran.
It took place at the community Centre in Epping and was well-attended. The spread of food prepared by Shivahari for her guests from her recipe book was absolutely delicious.
There were various types of cakes, Pan rolls, various sandwiches,Vaddai, Potato Bonda, Cutlets, pastries, Ice coffee & Cocktail Juice.
Shivahari Sellamuttu is an old girl of St Bridget's' Convent, Colombo and of Vembadi Girls High School Jaffna. On the back cover of the book there is a photograph of Shivahari seated at the so called round steps of Vembadi .
Prof Dr Gnana Kulendran is a well-known Srilankan in the Academic world. She has won international recognition for her research findings and is an author of 13 Research books. She is a recipient of several international awards relating to professional women. The professor gave a very erudite talk about the merits in the book and encouraged all to use the recipes therein for it contained the very authentic way of food preparation in the days of our parents.
Shivahari has had a flair for cookery when as a young child she watched her mother, grandparents &and aunts cook delicious meals. All these have been sealed in her mind. Now unraveled in this book.
Since arriving in Australia in 1971 Shivahari ran a famous restaurant in Melbourne called "Shivaharis", after its sale she worked as a Chef in restaurants in Melbourne and in Sydney, later deciding to do her own catering.
Her Recipe book in a nut shell is a "Make it simple" one, especially for our younger generation, the non Srilankans andto the matured- it is "let's try something authentic in a simple way".
Her Collection includes some unusual range of Sambol, pickles, curries & Desserts.The captivating pictures of the recipes in the book are presented in a very professional way and recipes are written in a simple manner that makes cooking easy.
Shivahari has felt the need for such a book for the many Srilankans who have left the shores of our Motherland- so that our traditional recipes are not forgotten but will be passed on from generation to generation.
Many present bought more than one book as gifts as they felt this book is a definite coffee table book in every Srilankan home.