Indonesian Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

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Publishers Weekly
Veteran cookbook author Owen (The Rice Book, Indonesian Regional Food and Cookery, Healthy Thai Cooking, etc.) has crafted her most personal book yet in this culinary memoir-cum-cookbook. Detailing her engagement, herfirst crash courses in cooking, opening her own London shop and publishing her first cookbooks, among other life events, Owen accounts for her evolving relationship with food. Though interesting, Owen has a tendency to wander and a prose style that isn't nearly as enticing as her recipes. Classics like Gado Gado, flavorful mixed vegetables tossed with peanut sauce; deliciously complex crab cakes with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, coriander and chili flakes; and Pan-Fried Tuna with Red Chili Sauce are surefire hits that are easy enough to source and assemble. Those living far from the tropics may have more trouble with ingredients (fresh coconut water, the notoriously foul-smelling durian fruit), though Owen does offer an admirable range of substitutions. Those with access to the accoutrements that make these dishes unique-galangal, kaffir limes and the omnipresent tamarind-will get the most out of the book, but even spectator chefs will appreciate the crisp photography and flavorful combinations.
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Library Journal

Owen, well-known authority on Indonesian cooking, serves up another delightful culinary memoir. The recipes in the first three chapters follow her journey from childhood in Indonesia to London, where she moved in 1964, and beyond. Two big chapters on basics and techniques provide classic Indonesian recipes as well as Owen's more contemporary interpretations.

—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566567398
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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