Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali (Paperback)

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Explore the exotic world of Balinese cooking—a cuisine dedicated to the gods and fueled by an aromatic array of fresh tropical island spices and ingredients!

In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island's intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. This book provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to make an exciting exploration into the exotic world of Balinese cooking, with chapters on:
  • The traditional Balinese kitchen
  • Snacking at a roadside warung food stall
  • Visiting a traditional Balinese market
  • Preparing delicious satays with a Balinese twist
  • Brewing heavenly kopi Bali coffee
Containing interviews with Balinese master cooks and over 40 of their favorite recipes, Balinese Food presents the full range of food experiences you will find in Bali. Sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, and resources make Balinese Food a delightful social and cultural guide to the food of this fascinating island.

"Balinese Food is an important contribution to the rapidly expanding scholarly study of foodways in various parts of the world—an important new subset of social and cultural history." —Alden T. Vaughan, Professor emeritus of History, Columbia University

About the Author

Dr. Vivienne Kruger is a social and cultural historian with a doctorate from Columbia University. Famous cookbook author, culinary columnist, and Bali expert, Dr. Vivienne Kruger, is now leading fabulous new, fully escorted group tours to Bali (Bali Paradise Deluxe Tours). For more information, please visit:

Praise For…

"In an interview with Phi Beta Kappa member Vivienne Kruger, I was privileged to glimpse inside the fragrant, nuanced world of Balinese cuisine and food culture as brought to life in Kruger's new book Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali." —The Key Reporter, Phi Beta Kappa's Publication for News and Alumni Relations

"This is a fascinating read on Balinese culture and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in or planning on traveling to Bali." —Sandra's Kitchen Nook

"Just when you thought you knew a lot about Bali, along comes this in-depth look at the cuisine and how it fits into everyday culture. In Balinese Food the author brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions." —Living in Indonesia, a site for expatriates,

"Vivienne Kruger's long connection to Bali, her love of Balinese food and academic eye for detail has resulted in a book that breaks new ground in its study of Balinese culture, the Island's delicious food, and the accompanying ancient traditional cooking methods." —Bali Update,

"We meet the culture through its cuisine and have the opportunity to experience it first hand through an array of delicious recipes." —American Herb Association

"Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali and learning more about the cuisine of this island. I really hope I get the chance to visit someday and try the food firsthand." —Tara's Multicultural Table

"Dr Vivienne Kruger has written a book that is as satisfying as the food that she describes." —Jonathan Copeland, author of Secrets of Bali, Fresh Light on the Morning of the World

"I've known a lot about Bali over my 37 years of going there…but I didn't always know WHY those things were that way culturally, so [Balinese Food] is a fun read!" —Danielle Surkatty, Member of the Organizing Committee, Living in Indonesia
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804844505
ISBN-10: 080484450X
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English