The Indonesian Table

Phaidon. Apr. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781838666286. $39.95. COOKING
Pandean-Elliott (Jakarta Bites) presents a culinary journey through Indonesia, opening with her early years in Manado before moving to Jakarta and later the UK, to explore the culinary influences behind modern Indonesian cuisine, while noting the power of food to maintain a link to one’s culture and establish new connections. Chapters include sections on essentials; snacks; salads; soups, sotos, and noodle soups; satays; curries; tempeh, tofu, and vegetables; fish and seafood; meat and poultry; rice and other staples; noodles; sweets; and drinks, along with a handy key to help cooks identify recipes that are vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, or nut-free, can be made in 30 minutes or less, and/or feature five or fewer ingredients. In setting out to preserve Indonesian traditions, Pandean-Elliott paves the way for a new generation of home cooks to find inspiration, providing the fundamentals along with a number of easy-to-follow recipes for those who want to try their hand at Indonesian cuisine without the challenge of acquiring ingredients that might be hard to find in the U.S.
VERDICT A good read for home cooks looking to expand their knowledge of Indonesian cuisine along with their palate.
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