A podcast based on a fascinating tale penned by Hugh Karunanayake, on the association between a prominent and pioneering English tea planter and his Tamil cook in Ceylon the 1880s, and the circumstances which led to the latter making a life for himself in the UK, after blazing a trail in western oriented cuisine in Ceylon. Now, 135 years later, Daniel Santiagoe is remembered for posterity as the first-ever author of a cookery book based on Ceylonese cookery. Titled “The Curry Cook’s Assistant”, it was first published in London in 1886.
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