#Showbiz: Bestselling cookbook author Carol Selva Rajah dies

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia-born acclaimed cookbook author and chef Carol Selva Rajah died last Saturday in Sydney, Australia, her home for the last 40 years. She was 81.
Her death was reported to have been the result of a fall which she never recovered.
A prolific culinary writer, cooking instructor and food historian, Sydneysider Carol grew up in Port Klang and had picked up cooking skills from various individuals including her Cantonese nanny while growing up.
Her first cookbook The Asian Microwave Cookbook was published in 1983, when she had already emigrated to Australia.
The book was hugely successful and it was reported that her first royalty cheque for the book was about AUD90,000 (RM262,000).
She went on to write over 15 other cookbooks throughout her career and even earned an award for Best Hardcover Recipe Book at the World Food Media Awards 2003 for her book titled The Food of India.
She was also believed to be an instrumental figure in highlighting Asian and Malaysian food to a wider audience in Australia and beyond.
In the late 1980s, Carol became a household name in Malaysia, thanks to Citarasa, a cooking show on TV3 which teaches viewers about preparing Malaysian delicacies using the microwave oven.
The news report also quoted her brother Dr Abel Arumugam who said that Carol was working on yet another book, prior to her death.
Carol is survived by her three children Rajah, Anand and Anushiya; and four grandchildren.
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