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Coconut & Sam­bal: Recipes from my Indone­sian Kitchen

by Lara Lee

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Beyond Indone­si­a’s lush rain­forests, trop­i­cal seas and abun­dant rice fields lies a coun­try not often seen by vis­i­tors. It is one of bustling local mar­kets, live­ly street food stalls, colour­ful shops and hous­es and gen­er­ous com­mu­ni­ty spir­it. From these islands comes one of the most diverse cuisines in the world, weav­ing flavours of lemon­grass, chilli, tamarind and coconut into dish­es that are fra­grant, colour­ful and bold.

In Coconut & Sam­bal Aus­tralian-born chef Lara Lee takes us on a jour­ney to trace her fam­i­ly’s Indone­sian roots, and in the kitchens of her grand­moth­er, extend­ed fam­i­ly and wel­com­ing strangers alike, she dis­cov­ers the secrets to real Indone­sian cook­ery. Now she shares more than 80 authen­tic, mouth-water­ing recipes that have been passed down through the gen­er­a­tions, so you can recre­ate dish­es such as Nasi goreng, Beef ren­dang, Chilli prawn satay and Pan­dan cake. There are also recipes for a vari­ety of sam­bals: fra­grant, spicy rel­ish­es — rang­ing from mild to fiery — that are undoubt­ed­ly the heart and soul of every meal.

The recipes in Coconut & Sam­bal use eas­i­ly acces­si­ble ingre­di­ents and sim­ple tech­niques and are inter­wo­ven with beguil­ing tales of life on the islands and vibrant food and trav­el pho­tog­ra­phy, shin­ing a light on the mag­nif­i­cent but lit­tle-known cui­sine of Indonesia.

Meet Lara Lee

Lara Lee is an Indone­sian and Aus­tralian chef and food writer. She is the author of Indone­sian cook­ery book Coconut & Sam­bal, and a con­trib­u­tor for Bön Appetit, Ped­dler Jour­nal and Food and Wine. Her book has fea­tured in best cook­books lists for the New York Times, Eater, Epi­cu­ri­ous, Food and Wine and The Kitchn, and fea­tured in Cher­ry Bombe, Food 52 and Saveur. Her event cater­ing busi­ness Kiwi and Roo serves food to guests and venues that include British roy­al­ty, the Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter, the Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um and the Roy­al Acad­e­my of Arts. When she’s not cook­ing, you’ll find her teach­ing Indone­sian words to her tod­dler Jon­ah. Fol­low her on @laraleefood