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10 Authentic Bali Cookbooks & Recipe Books

Bali paradise island (Islamic country Indonesia) is known as the island of love. An ideal resort land for couples.

This place not only makes you fascinated by the clear blue sea space amidst the shimmering tropical sky, the white sand beaches stretching along the coast, layers of terraced fields, tropical jungles, sacred temples, or a graceful traditional dance full of art but also with a simple yet rich and attractive cuisine.

Bali gastronomy is quite different from the typical Muslim cuisine of the Muslim country in Indonesia, the dishes here use a lot of pork and spices.

From luxurious and splendid restaurants to the most popular sidewalk eateries, Bali offers visitors an engaging culinary experience. In this article, we present 10 of the best Bali cookbooks for you to enjoy Balinese cuisine at home.

Fire Islands: Recipes from Indonesia

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“I own over 150 cookbooks. I just got this one, and WOW it is wonderful! Great recipes, beautiful photos, AND an education about these wonderful Fire islands I hope to visit someday!”- SandraintheSand

The book “Fire Islands” shows you how to set up a Balinese-style kitchen as well as how to create one hundred authentic Bali recipes.

You can get everything from street food and crunchy snacks to sweet and sticky rice dishes, fragrant sauces, rich drinks, tangy broths, spicy noodles, and much more.

In addition to the exciting and easy-to-follow instructions, the book is also accompanied by fascinating, beautiful, bright, and mouthwatering photos of the dishes along with original images from the lush culinary paradise.

About the author: Eleanor Ford is a food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer. She has lived for many years in Indonesia and traveled to seventy different countries, collecting eclectic and evocative recipes to inspire or reproduce.

She co-authored Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus, which is awarded a Food and Travel Prize by the Guild of Food Writers. She also is a cookbook and restaurant reviewer and a judge for food awards.

Besides, Eleanor is also a recipe developer and editor for the local editor for Zagat’s Hong Kong restaurant guide; a ZagatBuzz restaurant blogger in London; the Good Food Channel, BBC Food, and Good Food magazine; and a TimeOut restaurant reviewer specializing in Asian and international food. Eleanor currently lives in London, England.

Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali

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“What a fantastic cookbook and a must for anyone who has had the pleasure of feasting on some of Bali’s amazing food…”-Gary Henderson

Begin your journey to discover the strange world of Balinese cooking through unique dishes driven by fresh ingredients and spices. In this book, the author recreates Bali’s authentic and old village cooking traditions.

The book is divided into more than 20 detailed chapters, the author not only provides more than 40 favorite recipes but also introduces you to Bali’s culture and community life.

You will be provided with a detailed roadmap to fully explore Balinese cuisine:

  • 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

About the author: Dr. Vivienne Kruger is the author of many famous cookbooks and is a social and cultural historian with a doctorate from Columbia University. In addition, he is currently leading the amazing new, fully accompanied group tours to Bali (Bali Paradise Deluxe Tours). 

The Food of Indonesia: Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands

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“Tasty recipes are easy to follow. I like photographs and staple binding. The ingredients are nicely explained in three forward sections.”- Richard L. Trinkner

This delightful cookbook will take you on a journey to discover the diverse cultural and culinary traditions of Indonesia’s legendary Spice Islands.

The author will introduce 79 easy-to-make recipes with detailed descriptions of cooking methods and ingredients, allowing you to easily and quickly recreate the taste of each authentic dish at home.

Let this authentic cookbook take you on an exploration of the culinary unknowns and reveal more of the familiar. The outstanding recipes that you will learn are:

  • Avacado Smoothies
  • Fragrant Chili Sambal
  • Pork Stewed with Potatoes
  • Balinese Style Chicken or Duck Satay
  • Beef with Coconut
  • Shrimp in Hot Coconut Sauce
  • And much more

About the author: Heinz von Holzen is an author, chef, and restaurant owner based in Bali. Before working in Australia and Singapore, the author was trained in Switzerland and arrived in Bali in 1990. The author’s first cookbook was written and published in 1993.

Lother Arsana has been working as a chef for more than 20 years and is responsible for the Indonesian cuisine served at Grand Hyatt Bali. Moreover, he also participates in international culinary promotion.

Next, we will mention another book by two authors named: “The Food of Bali: Authentic Recipes from the Island of the Gods (Periplus World Cookbooks)”

The Food of Bali: Authentic Recipes from the Island of the Gods (Periplus World Cookbooks)

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“Lovely illustrations and easy to follow authentic recipes for the everyday cook.”- DMB

Bali’s splendor is not only reflected in fertile rice fields of tropical fruit trees, but also in its cuisine. Balinese culinary features will be featured in this unique recipe collection featuring lavish colorful photos.

This comprehensive cookbook has both provided you with a lot of home recipes and revealed interesting facts about this beautiful island through an in-depth look at the author’s culture and cuisine.

Simply BALi: A Complete Guide to a Healthy, Whole Foods Lifestyle (1st Edition)

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“Full of information and color. Lots of tips and recipes. Excellent!”- DP

Your diet will have a lot to do with your health. With this book, you won’t have to sacrifice good taste for good health.

The author will provide you with a menu of dishes that promote optimal health, provide energy to the body, and prevent disease.

“Simply BALi” will complement the eating plan along with healthy lifestyle recommendations.

More than 175 delicious, nutritious recipes will be included in this cookbook to satisfy your taste buds and at the same time support your body.

About the author: Dawn Corridore is the author of this book and is a mother of two sons who has endured many incurable symptoms.

That is why she began to study a scientific diet and a healthy lifestyle to improve her child’s health. And the miraculous results she achieved have been recorded proudly in this book.

Southeast Asia’s Best Recipes: From Bangkok to Bali [Southeast Asian Cookbook, 121 Recipes]

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“I have tried a few of the recipes and they are great. Nice photos”- Ed Dunn

In “Southeast Asia’s Best Recipes”, the author will bring you culinary tours from Bangkok to Bali with the most famous and delicious fares.

The author has spent more than four decades traveling around Asia collecting the finest recipes from simple country houses to elegant restaurants.

Included with many captivating illustrations, this cookbook shows you how to cook dozens of delicious dishes like:

  • Extraordinary Beef Satay
  • Lemongrass Beef with Peanuts
  • Green Curry Chicken
  • Famous Singapore Chili Crab
  • Thai Rice Soup with Pork
  • Vietnamese Mixed Coconut Rice
  • Spicy Sambal Eggplant

About the author: Wendy Hutton is a New Zealand author specializing in tourism and food. She has collected recipes from chefs everywhere. The author has contributed to many Asian cookbooks, including the classic “Singapore Food.” Wendy Hutton is based in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo.

The Bali Cookbook

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“Brilliant book. Covering the main aspects of Balinese food, with easy to follow recipes. Also includes a glossary of ingredients.”- JanT

Bali is Indonesia’s beautiful island with more than two million tourists a year, but its cuisine is largely undiscovered, so far! “The Bali Cookbook” is the first major international book to detail authentic Balinese cuisine.

Coming to this book, you will have the opportunity to discover the most delicious recipes that the author has displayed. Besides, you can discover more interesting things about the geography, history, religion, and culture of the island.

About the author: Lonny Gerungan is Bali’s most famous chef. This beautiful island has given him an abundant inspiration to collect, develop, and create a variety of impressive and delicious recipes. This is the author’s first cookbook.

The Food of Bali: Authentic Recipes from the Island of the Gods (Food of the World Cookbooks)

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“Lovely illustrations and easy to follow authentic recipes for the everyday cook.”- DMB

This cookbook will reveal and share with you the secrets of the Balinese kitchen. The author will take you to explore the island marked by the richness of nature – home to fertile rice fields, tropical fruit trees, flowers, coconut plantations, coffee bushes, edible wild vegetables, and fresh fish.

The book is divided into 3 separate sections. In the first part, the author will take you to explore the unique natural sceneries of this island.

In the second part, you begin to familiarize yourself with the Balinese eating customs as well as cooking equipment and utensils.

Lastly, the author’s collection of easy-to-follow recipes allows you to recreate the enchanting beauty of Bali in your own kitchen at home.

About the author: Heinz Von Holzen is a chef of Swiss origin, owner of two restaurants, and the operator of a culinary school. The author specializes in Balinese cuisine so most of his restaurants on the island serve authentic classic Indonesian dishes.

Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

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“It has a ton of wonderful-sounding recipes. The author spends a lot of time explaining ingredients and techniques, which is worth reading, even if you’ve been cooking for a long time.”- Susan L. Stone

James Oseland brings you to Bali and Malaysia’s Nyonya dishes, the fiery specialties of West Sumatra, and the spicy aromatic stews of Java. Oseland will introduce easy-to-access, perfect recipes for today’s home cooks.

Included in the book is a useful glossary of all the ingredients you need to make dishes and places and how to buy them.

About the author: This book by James Oseland is the result of his travels to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore for twenty years. This book has appeared in Gourmet, Saveur, and Vogue. He currently lives in New York City.

Flavors of Indonesia: William Wongso’s Culinary Wonders

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“One of the most sophisticated treatments of the regional cuisines to date. Way beyond rendang and satée. Magnificent photos. Get the hardcopy. It’s worth it.”- Rick

This book is a culinary guide for discovering Indonesian culture through beautiful illustrations that showcase the characteristics and specialties of the world’s largest archipelago.

Chef William Wongso takes you into Java’s religious, architectural, and culinary history. The author will also share with you about street food and snacks in a particular chapter.

You will experience Bali’s authentic taste through professionally detailed descriptions of the most widely used ingredients and spices. At the same time, you can find tips on techniques designed to prepare in a modern kitchen.

About the author: William Wongso is a personal photographer of Indonesian President Soekarno, Wongso has a Chinese-mainland immigrant father and was raised in Surabaya.

He also serves as President of the Jakarta chapter of the International Wine and Food Society and Wine Association as well as the Indonesian chapter of the international gastronomic society Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Wongso works as a culinary advisor for Garuda Indonesia and leads the Food Diplomacy Program, endorsed by the Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economic, to bring 30 traditional Indonesian culinary icons to the global stage.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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