Kelis' love affair with food started as a child. A native New Yorker, her mother ran her own catering business out of their home in Harlem. Watching her mother cook in the speed and intensity of the kitchen inspired Kelis to roll up her own sleeves, willing to do anything asked of her. Every detail was clear and defined: red lips, red nails, perfume, earrings, and a military demeanour; Kelis felt in the presence of a master while watching her mother work. At age 17, Kelis signed her first recording contract and began to travel the world. She discovered local outdoor markets and tiny holein- the-wall restaurants-hidden treasures of her journeys. After 10 years in the music business, Kelis decided to attend Le Cordon Bleu, which gave her the confidence to call herself a chef and to write her first cookbook. My Life on a Plate tells Kelis' story through the food she creates. Her style has been moulded by her culture and travels and the people she met along the way. This book is a collection of her favourite recipes and features a mix of foods from her Puerto Rican heritage, such as Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder), Arroz con Gandules and Shrimp Alcapurias, along with dishes inspired by her travels, such as Malay Curry Chicken and Swedish Meatballs.
My Life on a Plate
Recipes from Around the World