Vegan Lunch for Launch of Serendib

Vegan lunch for Vegan Serendib’s launch day, of course. 🙂

• curried beets
• leeks fried with chili
• kale sambol
• lime-masala mushrooms

…all on a bed of rice, as is traditional, but if you’re aiming lower-carb, you could skip the rice and serve in a bowl with more of the kale sambol as your base.

(And if you’re aiming vegetarian instead of vegan, you can top with a fried egg…)

Launch Day for Vegan Serendib

Launch day for Vegan Serendib, my Sri Lankan vegan cookbook!

This has been a long road, people, from first drafting Feast, to launching it March 2020, to pandemic, to carrying on with Vegan — it doesn’t feel quite real yet. And yet, it is. Woot!

A few notes:

• if you’ve already bought Feast, you should know that there are 80 recipes in common between the two cookbooks. If you’d like the 40 new recipes developed for Vegan Serendib, you can certainly buy a copy (and they look very nice on the shelf next to each other), but you can also wait a few weeks for the digital supplement we’ll be putting out, _A Slice of Serendib_ (I think is the tentative title).

• if you’re planning to buy Vegan on Amazon or other online retailers, for yourself, for gifts, etc., it would be SUPER-HELPFUL if you can order it today, as a burst of orders help bump up the book’s visibility in the rankings, making it much more likely that people who don’t know me personally will actually see it.

• if you’d like to buy it directly from me, that’s great too (we get a little more money per book), and there’s a link in comments.

• if you buy it (and/or Feast) directly from me, and you live in the U.S., you can also add on some of my homemade curry powder

• if you already have a copy of Feast and/or Vegan and feel moved to leave a review — even just a single line — on Amazon, that’s also SUPER-HELPFUL. Once you hit a critical mass of reviews, that also moves the book up in Amazon’s visibility algorithms.

Please like / comment / share for visibility — tell your friends, tell your family, tell the world. 🙂 Thanks!

Personalizing Presents

While I cook for my sci-fi lunch this morning, Stephanie Bailey is over here packing up and shipping out the Kickstarter and pre-orders of Vegan Serendib. Every once in a while she calls me over to personalize one — I’ve signed lots, but some people asked for special messages, which I’m happy to add.

This one is a Christmas present — I’m expecting we’ll get quite a few more holiday gifts in the next few weeks, and we’ll do our best to get them out in time, but do keep in mind that postal shipping has gotten weird, and ordering sooner is definitely safer. I’d definitely get in U.S. orders by December 7th for Christmas delivery, and international orders earlier! (Link to order in comments.)

Lots of these pre-orders have also asked for messages like “Enjoy your new culinary journey,” which I’m guessing is mostly referring to the vegan part — they’re being sent as gifts to friends and family members who have recently shifted to a plant-based diet, for health and/or other reasons. It’s cool.

Someone asked me recently if this was a heart-healthy cookbook, and you know, I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, so I didn’t really feel like I could make any assurances in that regard. But I suspect generally transitioning to a more plant-based diet is likely to be good for your heart and health overall — as long as you don’t drown every single curry in coconut milk, anyway. 🙂

(Yes, my signature is a scrawl. I did get a ‘C’ in handwriting back at Holy Cross, when the nuns were trying to teach us cursive. Can I blame my doctor father? Maybe messy signatures can be inherited…)

#1 in Cooking

Well, this is exciting. 🙂 Vegan Serendib is #1 in IngramSpark’s “COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Indian & South Asian” category!

Booksellers, please do feel free to place orders, and if you’d like me to do an event for you (virtual or in-person), let’s talk! Reviewers, let me know if you’d like a copy!

Official launch is November 15, which I’m just realizing is only 5 days away. Eep.

Vegan Serendib Is Feeling Real

This also arrived today, paperback galleys. Eep! Vegan Serendib is starting to feel very real.

AND, it looks like my cancer memoir, Tornado, will actually ALSO be coming out very VERY shortly, paired with a reissue of Perennial. Woot!

So it’s just going to be ALL THE BOOKS, ALL THE TIME around here…