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The Indonesian Kitchen: Recipes and Stories Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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This book features recipes of many popular Indonesian dishes that Owen herself ate as a child, then as a young woman, and finally cooked in her own kitchen after she got married. Her recipes include an array of Indonesian snacks, appetizers, main courses, and even ice cream with Indonesian flavors. While introducing these dishes, Owen shares her culinary adventure that began when she was a child in the late 1930s Indonesia and which was ongoing until 2007 (before the book was published). I find that her way of weaving her life stories and experiences to the recipes both entertaining and informative at the same time.
Even as an Indonesian, I find that the information in this book adds to my knowledge of Indonesian culture and food. In addition to recipes with detailed step-by-step instructions, Owen provides clear descriptions of each dish and for some well-known dishes, such as rendang, she also provides a brief history of the dish, and whenever relevant, its cultural importance.
Another excellent point of this book is the information regarding substitutes for food items that are not available outside of Indonesia.Read more ›