JAKARTA BITES: EXPLORING VIBRANT STREET FOOD FROM THE HEART OF INDONESIA by Petty Elliott
Petty Elliott draws inspiration from the many popular dishes served by vendors plying the streets and wet markets of Jakarta. From centuries past, migrants to the city have created a unique range of street foods in the capital, in varied combinations of ingredients, cooking styles and influences from Europe to Arabia, India, Malaya, and China. Against the relentless onslaught of international fast foods, Petty has set out to preserve this tradition from being lost and added some of the best dishes from regions around Indonesia. The result is over 200 pages of recipes put together with easy, practical instructions suited for any modern kitchen with sensible alternatives when specific ingredients are not easily found. The author has been writing about Indonesian food for over 12 years, consulting to the leading establishment, collaborating with Indonesian and international chefs and giving culinary demonstrations.
Petty’s fascination for food and cookery goes back over 14 years when she began teaching modern Indonesian cooking classes for her friends and neighbors in the UK. Petty participated in the BBC Masterchef competition in 2001. In Jakarta, she has been hosting classes and cooking demonstrations, writing regular columns and features about food in magazines and newspapers for the past 11 years. Her first cookbook “Papaya Flower,” Manadonese Cuisine, Provincial Indonesian Food was published in 2009 and a second, Contemporary Indonesian Food in January 2012. Her new cooking book, “Jakarta Bites” was published in June 2016. Petty participated in the prestigious World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in April and collaborated in Bali with a Michelin Star chef from Japan in May. Future events include an Indonesian Heritage Gala dinner in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum, November 2016.
20 x 25 cm (portrait)