Photograph: Selina Periampillai
Selina Periampillai is a London based self-taught chef, born to Mauritian parents. She grew up in the UK and was inspired by her heritage to share recipes from her family. She began sharing these through a food blog which led to her starting the first Mauritian supperclub in the UK from her home, running this for three years feeding diners a traditional three-course Mauritian meal. Subsequently, and with a loyal following on social media, she hosted pop ups all over London, including Oliver Peyton's Sunday Socials at the National Gallery and Traders Vic on Park Lane, combining flavourful food and traditional sega music, all shaken together with a shot of Mauritian spiced rum.
She has written recipes for websites such as JamieOliver.com, Air Mauritius, and Great British Chefs, and has appeared in BBC Good Food, The Guardian, Huffington Post and the Telegraph. Early this year she filmed a Mauritian pop up campaign for Quorn foods. After having her first child she now teaches cookery classes and private catering for clients, and demoes at various food festivals to share her insight and knowledge about the unique melting pot of flavours from the Indian Ocean. Her debut, The Island Kitchen, is the first ever cookbook of Indian Ocean recipes. In 2019, it was shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust award.
This ravishing cookbook will take you on a journey around the Indian Ocean islands, to taste the flavours of the colourful markets of Mauritius, the aromatic spice gardens of the Seychelles, the fishing coasts of the Maldives, the lagoons of Mayotte and the forests of Madagascar. Selina Periampillai, born in London but of Mauritian descent, celebrates the vibrant home-cooking of the islands, with dishes such as Sticky chicken with garlic & ginger, Mustard- & turmeric-marinated tuna, Seychellois aubergine & chickpea cari, and Pineapple upside-down cake with cardamom cream.
With 80 simple recipes for everything from quick mid-week suppers to large rum-fuelled gatherings, and beautiful food photography and illustrations, this book will take you straight to the warm, welcoming kitchens of these beautiful islands.
PRAISE FOR THE ISLAND KITCHEN:
'Selina's food transports you to island paradise. I want to make everything in this book’ Ching He Huang
'A mélange of flavours from the east and the west, Selina’s book captures the soul of Mauritian cooking. French, Indian, African and Chinese influences blend effortlessly into a unique cuisine that exudes sunshine and joy’ Asma Khan (author of Asma’s Indian Kitchen)
'Selina’s long overdue and stunning debut cookbook is a joy to read – accessible recipes that celebrate her roots and culture with love, passion, attention to detail and a touch of sunshine on every plate' Zoe Adjonyoh (author of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen)
'This book is an absolute joy to flick through, I want to cook everything from it. The recipes exude a warm, homely feel that conjure up the spice-laden region that Selina writes about’ Shivi Ramoutar (author of Caribbean Modern)
Praise for Selina
‘Selina brings sunshine to every plate of food with her delicious, feel-good cooking and easy to follow recipes.’ Clerkenwell Boy
‘I had never tried Mauritian food before. Selina’s cooking opened my eyes to the vibrant, colourful, fragrantly spiced dishes from the island. She’s a passionate cook.’ Asma Khan, Darjeeling Express
‘Selina’s Taste Mauritius supperclub was my first foray into Mauritian food and its subtle depths of flavour and spice notes left me immediately greedy for more. This is good, honest, delicious food.’ Zoe Adjonyoh, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen