Author Eleanor Ford is a rising star of the food-writing world and this, her second book, is a joy to read and cook from. She spent time as a child in Bali and Java with her family, and has traveled widely in the archipelago since. Her love of the country and her appreciation of the its varied cuisine shines through; her writing is wonderfully evocative. Beautiful landscape and recipe shots and creative design complete the impressive package.
Steep verdant rice terraces, ancient rain forest and fire-breathing volcanoes create the landscape of the world's largest archipelago. Indonesia is a travellers' paradise, with cuisine as vibrant and thrilling as its scenery. For these are the original Spice Islands, whose fertile volcanic soil grows ingredients that once changed the flavor of food across the world. On today's noisy streets, chilli-spiked sambals are served with rich noodle broths, and salty peanut sauce sweetens chargrilled sate sticks. In homes, shared feasts of creamy coconut curries, stir-fries and spiced rice are fragrant with ginger, tamarind, lemongrass and lime. The air hangs with the tang of chilli and burnt sugar, citrus and spice. Eleanor Ford gives a personal, intimate portrait of a country and its cooking, the recipes exotic yet achievable, and the food brought to life by stunning photography.