The author is from Singapore’s Peranakan community, whose distinctive cuisine forms the backbone of this moving, deeply personal book. Written to keep her mother’s memory alive (and her family’s treasured recipes from falling into obscurity), it’s an account of a community and a cuisine that’s well worth discovering.
from the publisher
Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen provides a rare and insightful view into the daily life of a Peranakan family harking back to the early 20th century. With comprehensive chapters dedicated to documenting cooking utensils, essential ingredients, the Nonya's agak agak (estimating) philosophy, as well as Chinese New Year and other festive dishes, baked goods and Nonya kuehs, Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen is a volume to read and treasure for anyone looking for an in-depth understanding of the Peranakan (and Singapore) food heritage.
Sharon talks to ckbk about her influential cookbook, Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen, written in memory of her mother, and explains the intricacies of Peranakan food culture – and why every recipe is worth saving.