About the Book
Cookbook author, entrepreneur and media personality Rita Zahara follows up her bestselling title Malay Heritage Cooking with another exciting treasury of dishes deeply rooted in Malay culture and history.
In The Many Flavours of Malay Cooking,
Rita assembles a stunning collection of authentic dishes that hail from
various Malay ethnic groups. She presents the richness and diversity of
Nusantara cuisine with recipes from her family and notable contributors
that include highly regarded chefs, Mdm Asmah Laili and Chef Amri Azim,
and established restaurants Sabar Menanti, Warong Nasi Pariaman, Hjh
Maimunah Restaurant and Mamanda.
Recipes include sumptuous staples and traditional favourites such as ayam penyet (grilled chicken rice), opor daging (beef in coconut sauce) and sambal udang (spicy prawns) as well as crowd-pleasing snacks and delicacies including kuih bingka suji (baked tapioca cake), puteri seri muka (glutinous rice with pandan jam) and pulut serunding (grilled rice cakes with grated coconut).
Written with clear and easy-to-follow instructions, the recipes in The Many Flavours of Malay Cooking have
been rigorously kitchen-tested and will inspire home cooks to
incorporate the winning combination of herbs and spices so closely
associated with Malay cuisine into their cooking repertoire.
“Food is only food if it is prepared with love. And it is with this love
that I hope to preserve and document our cultural and
culinary heritage so that we always remember who we are.”
About the Author
Rita Zahara is a bilingual TV presenter, newsreader, TV producer, TV
director, lecturer, scriptwriter, journalist, entrepreneur and
bestselling cookbook author. Rita’s journalistic experience and
prominence among the Malay community makes her the perfect candidate to
represent the community as well as to compile this collection of recipes
from various Malay ethnic groups.
With a lifelong passion for
food and cooking, Rita continues to expand her presence in the culinary
world. She has produced several television cooking programmes, and in
2012, she launched her own bakery–Che Zahara by Rita Zahara.
also conducts cooking workshops and hosts culinary heritage discovery
trips. Rita’s versatility is evident from how she juggles her many
responsibilities on top of running integrated transmedia agencies–ReTA
Pte Ltd and the upcoming Beehive Transmedia Incubator.