Abigail Ahern Book Club feature review of coconut and samba by Lara Lee

Book Club - Coconut & Sambal

Selected by the New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of 2020, Lara Lee a chef living in London explores her Indonesian roots in this fabulous book.

  • When Lara took up cooking as a profession, she had a desire to trace her family’s culinary heritage and embarked on a journey that took her from the West Coast of Sumatra to Timor in the East.

Every dish is accompanied by a personal narrative with tales of family life and rituals.

It’s a beautiful, personal exploration of Lara's heritage.

In this fabulous tome we absorb the smells, the spices and the sights of the Indonesian Archipelago. If there weren’t travel restrictions you would literally want to get on a plane and explore more.

The book begins with Savoury Snacks like Peanut and Kaffir Lime crackers, moves onto Soups and Rice, Vegetables, Tofu & Tempeh, Fish & Seafood, Poultry & Eggs, Meat, Sambal and Sweets.

The Satay Chicken is divine with the spicy peanut sauce, the Beef Rendang which bubbles away in coconut milk is so succulent, it's to die for. There are fried peanuts, heady spice mixes not to mention Monkfish Stews and Peanut and Banana Ice cream -literally divine.

  • Abigail Ahern on a chair in her living room with cool art in the background
  • Join Abi..

    as she discusses this fabulous book on Sunday 23 October on her Instagram Live at 11am.