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Charmaine Solomon

Assistant To the Editor of the Women's Pages

Sri Lanka Daily News


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Charmaine Solomon
At 18 years of age Charmaine became assistant to the editor of the women's pages of the Ceylon Daily News, an English language paper. She interviewed royalty, film stars, movie directors and authors and covered social events. In 1956 Charmaine married Rangoon-born musician Reuben Kelly Solomon and they had two daughters before moving to Australia in 1959.

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An Interview with Charmaine Solomon
An Interview with the legendary Charmaine Solomon One of the world's best loved cookery writers, and a very dear lady, Charmaine Solomon Charmaine Solomon is one of the world's best loved cook book writers and the most respected authority on Asian food and cooking. I had the immense pleasure of welcoming Charmaine, and her beloved husband, Reuben, to Canberra on numerous occasions over a decade and their cookery classes were always fun, always interesting and always sold out! When Charmaine's The Complete Asian Cookbook was first published in 1976, it was instantly heralded a classic. There have been numerous reprints since that time, and now the tome has been completely revised into a magnificent, cloth bound 640-page album, offering 800 traditional and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries. I chatted with Charmaine this morning about the revised edition of The Complete Asian Cookbook and asked what has changed from the original, which was published 36 years ago. 'There is a new layout, stunning photos, an updated glossary and new recipes,' Charmaine told me. 'We have revised the book to cater for the changes we have seen in the availability of fresh ingredients. Charmaine says she prefers to refer to it as 'The Land Without Sorrow', which was the name given to it by the first travellers from China. According to Charmaine's 'Family Stories' in Family Recipes (Viking 1998), her mother, Kitty Desmond, was 'born in Burma and had Irish, Anglo-Indian, French and Indonesian forbears, but more Irish than anything else'. Charmaine has memories of her paternal grandmother making preserves in an enormous brass pan that shone like gold. She also recalls the food shortages and rations during the Second World War, the horrible-smelling rice and treats of sliced white bread seasoned with salt and pepper. At nineteen, Charmaine became a journalist with the Ceylon Daily News and was asked by the Editor to write a weekly cooking column. She says she couldn't cook at the time, so she sought the expert guidance of her father's cousin, 'Aunt Hilda', who had written the first cookery book published in Ceylon. Then Charmaine met Reuben, who 'wooed' her with music and food. They dined at the five star hotel where Reuben lived and worked, and Charmaine had her first taste of chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce and other gourmet meals. After Charmaine and Reuben emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s, Charmaine won a cooking contest in 1964 and was invited by Margaret Fulton to join Woman's Day as a food writer. Out of all this selection and a lifetime of cooking, does Charmaine have a favourite recipe? Jane Grigson writes like a poet,' Charmaine replied. With their close help, I have been able to give The Complete Asian Cookbook a makeover', Charmaine said. Deborah notes in the preface that when the title, The Complete Asian Cookbook, was first mooted with the publisher all those years ago, Charmaine had said 'No cookbook is ever complete'. Deborah says 'Well, this one comes close. It will be a joy to have a new and updated copy of this classic in my kitchen ready to receive its anointing with cooking oils and curry stains to bear testament to happy meals with family and friends. That's what makes any cookbook complete'. On the subject of oil stained pages, I shared a story with Charmaine about a chap I worked with who would carefully photocopy recipes from his cookbooks, thus ensuring that the books remained in pristine condition. Charmaine explains wok cooking, using coconut milk (including making it from scratch from desiccated coconut as well as from fresh!), chillies, noodles and rice varieties. Each chapter introduces the ingredients, cooking utensils and cooking styles of that country. Following each is an amazing collection of easy to understand recipes, and readers can be assured that Charmaine has shared her kitchen wisdom on every beautifully embossed page. The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon (Hardie Grant Books RRP $59.95) is an essential reference and classic cookery book that should be given pride of place on every cook's bookshelf. For more information, visit Charmaine's web site here. Picture The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon. An essential addition to the kitchen and bookshelf of every cook. Hi Christina, Reuben and Charmaine were such fun together. They always made audiences love and laugh. Sadly, Reuben passed away in 2009. He is sadly missed. Like Margaret Fulton, Charmaine really is something of living treasure - I'm so glad to see her book re-released. Indeed, Charmaine is a living treasure... and a gem at that! Indeed Charmaine is! Charmaine would definitely approve! Louis, that is so good to hear, Charmaine would be delighted, I just know it. Thanks so much for popping in to say hello to Charmaine. Charmaine is a beautiful lady indeed! LBV, thank you for stopping by to share your kind words and thanks to Charmaine for her lifetime of work. Indeed she is an incredible lady. Thanks for the headsup and the fun read - I'd always assumed Charmaine was a wonderful person, so nice to find out that's true! :) Charmaine would be very impressed. Thanks for popping in. Charmaine is a remarkable lady and indeed lovely too! Charmaine taught me how to cook. Charmaine would be very chuffed, I'm sure. Thanks for stopping by! Interview with Charmaine Solomon Charmaine Solomon

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Charmaine Solomon - Chef and well-known writer of Asian cookbooks

Meet a Food Lover: author and food writer Charmaine Solomon

Meet a Food Lover: author and food writer Charmaine Solomon
If there was such a thing as food royalty in Australia then Charmaine Solomon would surely be in its inner circle. Like Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer and Margaret Fulton, Charmaine has inf

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