Family recipes shared over decades lead to ‘Seychelles Creole Cuisine’ cookbook


The book ‘Seychelles Creole Cuisine’ has 156 pages and over 60 recipes for its readers. (Nation of Seychelles)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – More than 70 years of family recipes are being shared with the world as businessman-turned-writer Albert Chetty has published his first book featuring an array of Seychellois Creole cuisine.

The ‘Seychellois Creole cuisine‘book of 156 pages and more than 60 recipes for its readers. The recipes are those cooked at home by Chetty and her family members over the past seven decades.

The book was launched in February to coincide with International Mother Language Day celebrated annually on February 21.

At a short launch ceremony, the Secretary General of the Seychelles Institute for Culture, Heritage and the Arts (SICHA), David Andre, said he hoped the new Creole cookbook would encourage people to create more Creole recipes and dishes.

“Even though Chetty hasn’t lived in the Seychelles for a while, this book will show that culture is something that belongs to everyone. In everything we do, we value our culture. Creole gastronomy, well illustrated in this book, gives value to the things we use and eat every day,” said André.

The book was launched on Monday to coincide with International Mother Language Day celebrated annually on February 21. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

Chetty told reporters the book was written backwards because it all started with her passion for photography.

“For many years, I took a lot of photos of meals cooked at home or at a sibling’s house, while trying to visually record all the food we cooked. One day I thought that since I had all these photos, maybe it’s time to start writing their recipe and that’s when I slowly started putting the book together,” Chetty said.

It took the retired economist about three years to write the book, which gave him plenty of time to ensure that all the recipes were correct, complete and correctly written. With the help of Marie-Reine Hoareau, the book has been translated into French and is expected to arrive in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, within a month.

Business arrangements are being finalized to make the books available in local stores at a price of SCR 550 ($40) per copy. Arrangements are also being made to make it available online.

“It’s expected to reach around 38,000 online stores globally,” Chetty said.

Containing five categories – salads and chutneys, soups and sides, main dish, condiments and snacks and desserts – the book is also available on the Play Store and App Store as an app.

Before the book was published, Chetty had created an app under the same name to share the recipes and explained that some users had asked him for a hard copy and that’s when he decided to publish the book.

Chetty said the initial choice for an app was because it was easier to distribute around the world.

“For foreigners coming to Seychelles, it is convenient to have this app on their phone or tablet. When they prepare their meal, it is easily accessible,” Chetty said.

According to Google Play Store data, to date, the app has been downloaded more than 50 times since its release on October 15, 2021.

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