- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Periplus Editions (December 15, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945971966
- ISBN-13: 978-0945971962
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Food of Bali: Authentic Recipes from the Island of the Gods (Periplus World Cookbooks) Paperback – December 15, 1996
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An outspoken champion of "Bali's real cuisine," Von Holzen designed this book for the cook who wants to learn about the social and historical context in which Balinese food is created and enjoyed. An extensive introduction explains how climate, geography, and centuries of outside influences (Chinese, Indian, Muslim, Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Dutch traders and invaders) have affected the evolution of this extraordinary diet. He gives would-be chefs much more than the breezy cookbook they bargained for: the first two-thirds of the book offers an intimate tour of Balinese life, household cooking practices, the cult of rice, and the local spice markets and stalls. We come to appreciate the tripartite role of food as sustenance, sacrificial temple offering to appease the gods, and essential ritual component of Bali-Hindu religious ceremonies. As with everything else on Bali, food is inextricably intertwined with faith-it may support mundane human life, but its essence also nourishes the revered,visiting ancestral deities during sacred rites and celebrations.Read more ›
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I have not had a chance to try these recipes, since I just returned from Bali, but the feel of the book is certainly wonderful and accurate. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Deanoism