Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali

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Explore the exotic world of Balinese cooking—a cuisine dedicated to the gods and fueled by an aromatic array of fresh tropical island spices and ingredients!

In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island's intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and ...

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Overview

Explore the exotic world of Balinese cooking—a cuisine dedicated to the gods and fueled by an aromatic array of fresh tropical island spices and ingredients!

In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island's intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. This book provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to make an exciting exploration into the exotic world of Balinese cooking, with chapters on:

  • The traditional Balinese kitchen
  • Snacking at a roadside warung food stall
  • Visiting a traditional Balinese market
  • Preparing delicious satays with a Balinese twist
  • Brewing heavenly kopi Bali coffee
Containing interviews with Balinese master cooks and over 40 of their favorite recipes, Balinese Food presents the full range of food experiences you will find in Bali. Sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, and resources make Balinese Food a delightful social and cultural guide to the food of this fascinating island.

"Balinese Food is an important contribution to the rapidly expanding scholarly study of foodways in various parts of the world—an important new subset of social and cultural history." —Alden T. Vaughan, Professor emeritus of History, Columbia University

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"This is a fascinating read on Balinese culture and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in or planning on traveling to Bali." —Sandra's Kitchen Nook

"Just when you thought you knew a lot about Bali, along comes this in-depth look at the cuisine and how it fits into everyday culture. In Balinese Food the author brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, she explores how the islands intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. This book provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to make their own exciting exploration of the exotic world of Balinese cooking!" —Living in Indonesia, a site for expatriates, Expat.or.id

"Vivienne Kruger's long connection to Bali, her love of Balinese food and academic eye for detail has resulted in a book that breaks new ground in its study of Balinese culture, the Island's delicious food, and the accompanying ancient traditional cooking methods." —Bali Update, BaliDiscovery.com

"Vivienne is a wonderful and happy person who is full of love for life and delicious cuisine, which she has so beautifully presented in her book, Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine of Bali. I have known her for a long period of time, and found her to have a very kind, loving, and generous soul." —Sanjit Das, OM YOGA

"A veritable feast of information." —Ni Wayan Murni, owner of Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali

"Dr Vivienne Kruger has written a book that is as satisfying as the food that she describes." —Jonathan Copeland, author of Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World

"I've known a lot about Bali over my 37 years of going there…but I didn't always know WHY those things were that way culturally, so [Balinese Food] is a fun read!" —Danielle Surkatty, Member of the Organizing Committee, Living in Indonesia

"In an interview with Phi Beta Kappa member Vivienne Kruger, I was privileged to glimpse inside the fragrant, nuanced world of Balinese cuisine and food culture as brought to life in Kruger's new book Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali." —The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa's Publication for News and Alumni Relations

From the Publisher
"A veritable feast of information."—Ni Wayan Murni, owner of Murni's Warung, Ubud, Bali

"Dr Vivienne Kruger has written a book that is as satisfying as the food that she describes."—Jonathan Copeland, author of Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World

"Vivienne is a wonderful and happy person who is full of love for life and delicious cuisine, which she has so beautifully presented in her book, Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine of Bali. I have known her for a long period of time, and found her to have a very kind, loving, and generous soul."—Sanjit Das, OM YOGA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804844505
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,466,113
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Vivienne Kruger is a social and cultural historian with a doctorate from Columbia University. She has lived in Bali for many years, where she launched an export business buying and selling luxury goods produced in the villages of Bali, and served as special research consultant for E! Entertainment's "Wild On Bali" television program. Beginning June 2015, Dr. Kruger is leading exciting new group tours to Bali. For more information, visit www.balinesefoodculturaltourstobali.blogspot.com.
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  • Posted November 19, 2014

    I don't know if I'd necessarily call this a cookbook. It's as mu

    I don't know if I'd necessarily call this a cookbook. It's as much a book on the history and culture of Bali as it is about cooking. There is not a huge number of recipes in this book and, let's be frank, some are more about the culture than what a lot of us would consider cooking--Fried Dragonflies or "Holy Water" anyone? Other recipes are quite delightful such as Mixed Rice, or Grilled Ground Chicken in Balinese Spicy Sauce with Fresh Shredded Coconut and even Banana Fritters.

    This is a fascinating read on Balinese culture and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in or planning on traveling to Bali. If you're just looking for Balinese food, it may or may not be right for you. There are almost no photos of the dishes, and that is very important to me when I'm trying to cook a totally unfamiliar cuisine. I like to be able to see what it's supposed to look like when I'm finished. Some of the recipes aren't as clear as I'd like, either. One recipe says to grill then young coconut for 5 minutes and then chop into cube sized pieces. Young coconut isn't something I typically cook with so I'm a little stumped. Do you grill it whole? Do you cut it in half and grill it? It's not very clear. There are multiple unfamiliar and hard to find ingredients as well, though there is a resource guide in the back of the book for places to buy Indonesian ingredients.

    Overall, while this is a fascinating book, it's probably not one I'll be going back to very often.

    I received a copy of this book from Tuttle Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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