The Indonesian Table

Award-winning author Petty Pandean-Elliott tells the story of her Indonesian heritage through 150 much-loved and delicious recipes perfect for home cooks everywhere

Comprising more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is renowned as The Spice Islands, home of aromatics such as nutmeg, mace, and cloves – evocative ingredients that suffuse its piquant cuisine. The Indonesian Table explores Indonesia’s rich food heritage through Petty Pandean-Elliott’s personal stories and recipes, from childhood memories of cooking with her grandmother in Manado to her travels across the archipelago; and features classic and iconic Indonesian recipes such as fiery chile sambal, grilled chicken satay, nasi goreng, and beef rendang, regarded by many as the ‘world’s most delicious dish’.

The collection also showcases regional dishes, including fragrant coconut curries, tasty laksas, fortifying sotos, and traditional desserts. The 150 accessible recipes have been adapted for home cooks, with easily-sourced ingredients and uncomplicated cooking methods. With an introduction to Indonesian food culture, stunning images of recipes and local culture, and personal stories that reveal the rich history and inspiration behind each recipe, this is the perfect companion to Indonesian cuisine.

Petty Pandean-Elliott is an award-winning Indonesian chef, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of several bestselling Indonesian cookbooks. Petty was a judge for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (2016 and 2017) and a guest judge on Indonesian Iron Chef (2017). She was featured in Where Chefs Eat published in 2018 by Phaidon and was listed as one of Indonesia’s most powerful women by The Peak magazine (2015).

‘It is truly remarkable for a talented chef to also be a sensational storyteller … Petty takes you on a journey across the archipelago, through her food and her life.’ – Julien Royer, Chef-owner of Odette Restaurant

‘Pandean-Elliott’s extensive travels and knowledge of the archipelago’s flavors makes this a go-to for authentic Indonesian fare.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Gorgeously toothsome are vibrant photographs enhancing step-by-step recipes enabling hungry cooks to create hoped-for feasts.’ – Booklist

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