Monday, May 23, 2011

Nostalgia Is The Most Powerful Seasoning: My Book! And A Party!

I've been bursting to say something sooner, but kept it close to my chest out of sheer personal superstition.

Well, the cat is out of the bag, my book has gone to print, and it will be released very shortly.

I am so excited and thrilled that I'm practically speechless...the operating word here being practically, of course! The modesty of the book's size and scope - "Nostalgia Is The Most Powerful Seasoning" is a concise collection of my food essays with a sprinkling of heirloom family recipes published by Ate Media - belies its gestation period, to me at least. I very much feel as if the project has been brewing for a bit, albeit unconsciously, what with some of the ideas and much of the sentiment behind the essays having percolated through this space over the past years.

My elation has been made immeasurably more meaningful by the fact that the book launch will be hosted at Shermay's Cooking School, a wonderful place that I've come to think of as a second home. What better place to celebrate the occasion with friends, family and the lovely individuals I've had the tremendous pleasure of meeting via my classes?

The 3.30pm to 6.30pm session on Saturday 4 June 2011 is open to the general public and bookings are currently being taken. To reserve a place and for all inquiries, please call the school at +65 6479 8442 or 6479 8414, or email

I greatly look forward to meeting and chatting with everyone at the event (where copies of the book will be available), especially readers of this blog and the regulars at the school who have been so supportive, gracious and unstinting in their encouragement.

Substantial snacks - including freshly made Ramly Burgers and Satay - will be served with refreshments. Please do join me at the party; it'll be a blast!