This is a collection of recipes from everywhere that are a pleasure to cook, eat and serve. It’s also much more than that. For, each recipe comes wrapped in a story, drawn from Priya Bala’s idyllic childhood in Sri Lanka. And each recipe is a story: where milk rice is cooked on auspicious occasions, the sense of having come home is her mother’s mutton curry, tasting salmon at a fjord-side stall during an Oslo summer is a recollection of delight and the satisfaction of finding a noodle soup stall at 3 am after a night of partying in Bangkok. The recipes in this book are inspired by food memories—an egg bonda eaten while at the movies with a beloved niece, gossiping with a friend and Frenchwoman over poached prawns and mayonnaise and pink Champagne and a seafood biryani cooked for a special dinner date. So, it is, above all, a book about the simple yet priceless joys of cooking, sharing, loving.