An exciting and unusual collection of recipes from the South of India, celebrating the flavours and traditions of South-Indian Tamil Festivals. Priya, the author, is a keen cook and the book is almost autobiographical, with Priya reminiscing about her childhood in India and the traditions surrounding the recipes. Her enthusiasm and passion for cooking is evident and infectious. The book is very easy to use and is dotted with helpful hints and tips for new and experienced cooks. The recipes are simple and tailored to a western audience with special ingredients clearly marked out. Priya has given ideas on where to procure any unusual ingredients and has also suggested alternatives if you are unable to find them. The book is written in a conversational, easy-going style and is bound to be enjoyed by all who have an interest in cooking and in Indian culture.