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The Food of Singapore Malays : Gastronomic Travels Through the Archipelago - Coffee Table Book, Hardcover with Dust Jacket


Author: Khir Johari
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9789814841924
Year: July 2022
Language: English
Pages: 624
Weight: 3400g


This is not a cookbook. It is the unwritten story of a people.

 

Between the vast Indian and Pacific oceans lies a realm of extraordinary natural abundance: the Malay Archipelago, known widely as the Nusantara.

These islands of Southeast Asia have nourished the lives of indigenous Malays throughout the centuries and nurtured the diverse peoples that have set foot on their shores. Today, the Malays make up less than a fifth of the population in Singapore, a city with ancient ties to the Malay world. This book explores their food, not just as a means of sustenance but as a cultural activity.

Inheriting the Nusantara's rich flavours, Singapore Malays have a grand culinary heritage reflecting their worldviews, social values and historical interactions with other cultures. Through close examination of their daily objects, customs, art and literature, these pages reveal how the food Malays enjoy is deeply embedded in different aspects of their identity. Following the broad sweep of Malay cuisine's evolution - from the 7th-century kingdom of Srivijaya to the 21st-century emporium of cosmopolitan Singapore - this book traces the continuity and dynamism of a shared cultural consciousness.

Sumptuously served with stunning photographs, delicious recipes and diligent research, this is essential reading for anyone - gourmets and amateurs alike - hungry for a deeper understanding of the relationship between people and their food.

 

Contents

 

I. People and Place

1. Setting Sail: The Malays and their World

2. Singapore, A Nusantata Kitchen: The Kampong Gelam Hearth

3. In Gardens and Lakes of Plenty: Ecologies of Taste

 

II. Indigenous Ingenuity

4. Rustic Trails: The Way of the Forager

5. Rich Harvest, Ocean Bounty: Malay Crops, Livestock and Fishing

6. A Repertoire of Techniques: Preservation and Preparation

7. Culinary Curiosity Cabinet: Tools and Implements

8. The Healing Earth: Food as Medicine

9. More Than a Palate Cleanser: Dainties and Delights

 

III. Food as Civilisation

10. Elok: The Aesthettics of Malay Cuisine

11. Lyric Flavours: Food in Verse, Tale and Song

12. The Rice Spirit and Other Stories: Symbolism and Mythology

13. Scenes from Malay Feasts: Rituals and Observances

 

IV. Food and the Politics of Identity

14. Where Monsoons Meet: An Arena of Cultural Exchanges

15. Mother Culture: Shifting Borders of Malay Cuisine

16. Epilogue: The Future of Malay Food

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