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Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets is an inspiring full-color, hardcover cookbook about a unique culinary heritage, explained through a collection of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes and stories.
Hi, I am Jeff Keasberry. My mission is to introduce America to the Indo Dutch Cooking style!
Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets takes you on a journey of the Indo Dutch diaspora that started in the former Dutch East Indies. It follows the path of the people who traversed different continents and multiple cultures while managing to preserve their heritage to reinforce their identity. It’s about a little known secret in the culinary world, a cherished cultural treasure, which is at the heart of this community. It explores and celebrates the blending of Indonesian, Dutch and the resultant Indo Dutch fusion cooking style, all coming together in one fascinating cuisine – more than 350 years in the making.
These cuisines are still relatively unknown in the USA. Despite Indonesia being the 4th most populated country in the world (more than 6,000 populated Islands), few Americans are familiar with the rich Indonesian and the indo Dutch fusion cuisine.
Indonesian food and Indo Dutch fusion is poised to make an impact in the novelty-hungry culinary world. It can be favorably compared to Thai food and therefore has great crossover potential. There is a growing interest in family recipes, apropos of cultural heritage and traditional cooking styles. The stroopwafel has gone mainstream and now it’s time for the Rijsttafel and all those other culinary treats to find their way to your table. We are presenting a cookbook to make this all accessible to you.
WHO IS JEFF?
I am a Los Angeles-based event organizer, food blogger (keasberry.com), photographer and author of two cookbooks published in the Netherlands (2012 & 2014). Both books have been well received by the Dutch press and I have appeared on Dutch national television and radio. My family and I were featured in an exhibit on the history of the Dutch Indies cuisine at the Tong Tong Fair (the largest EurAsian Festival in the world) for 3 consecutive years, from 2011 through 2013. My family roots are in the former Dutch East Indies. I was born in Amsterdam and raised in my late grandmothers restaurant (a well-known cookbook author). I started working at the family restaurant at age 14. I worked my way up to becoming a professional host. Along the way, I learned from my father and mother—and eventually took over management of the restaurant at age 18. At the same time, I completed my formal training at the Hotel & Restaurant Management School in Amsterdam. In my books I explain my unique perspective on Indo Dutch cuisine. My formative years in a family of restaurateurs and my heritage research makes me uniquely qualified to reveal these international culinary secrets.
Since my move to Los Angeles in 2005, I started craving my mothers cooking, the food that brings me comfort and joy. I learned that little is known about the cultures I belong to and the food that I grew up with. There are no relevant cookbooks available in the English language. My passion to pursue the taste of home, turned into a mission; I want people to rediscover and explore this unique cooking style!
WHAT IS IN THE COOKBOOK?
- Stories about Holland’s eternal affection for its favorite fusion cuisine, including nasi goreng, gado gado, krupuk, lumpia, satay, sambal and the famous and elaborate rijsttafel.
- Indo Dutch specialties like klappertaart, spekkoek, risoles, kroket , smoor and macaroni-schotel are now staples of Indonesian cuisine.
- All of these and traditional Dutch recipes for the popular stroopwafels, pancakes, bitterballen, and stamppot.
- Easy-to-follow recipes: for snacks to elaborate dinners, for busy workdays, meals-on-the-go, even vegan and gluten free!
- Cooking techniques and serving suggestions for appetizing presentations.
- Ingredients and tastemakers explained.
- Tips on sourcing ingredients, including substitutes to make things easier.
- Inspiring ideas for menus and what to drink with your food.
- You will find suggestions for different occasions and how to make an elaborate Rijsttafel.
Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets is more than a cookbook. The book pays homage to the mothers and grandmothers who contributed to the evolution of this cuisine. Yes, male chefs included. It’s about connecting people, a sense of belonging and joyful togetherness, or as they say in Dutch: ‘gezelligheid!’ It’s a keepsake cookbook for the coffee table and the kitchen table, to be used and passed on as a gift.
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“My Dad was co-founder of IMI in Bay Area. We grew up dancing and enjoying our Indo roots. Since his passing my children don’t have that deep connection. Your book will help them to keep our history and Love of food and family alive when I’m gone! Look forward to their reactions when they open Christmas gift! Thank-You! The Littlest Roza “
“I have received my copy of your new book from the Kickstarter campaign and I am blown away. You did a great job. As a Dutch-Indo myself, I grew up with many of these dishes from my grandmother. She has not cooked in many years and I was afraid (until now) that we may never see these dishes again. Recently, our family has struggled to collect her recipes, but your book has captured just this. I am upset that I did not purchase a larger quantity of these books from the start. It would be a very nice gift to share such a special collection of recipes with my family.”
– Casey Braaksma
“This cookbook means so much to me. I cried as I walked through ” my Oma’s kitchen” in the pages. Thank you for creating this for us second and third generation Indos.”
– Sabrina Lindsey Rouse
“Thank you for publishing your new cookbook “Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets”! I had pre ordered it and was so excited to receive it last week. I wasn’t prepared for the deep emotions it brought out in me. Both my parents are gone and this answers some of the questions I can no longer ask them about the history of their move to Holland. From just reading the names of the foods from my childhood to photos of kitchen ware we had and remembering my father cooking nasi goreng every Sunday and that being the day we were allowed to eat with our fingers! Just love this book. I was born in 1959 in Holland, just shortly after my family moved to Doordreght. My family and I have lived in upstate NY since 1969 but love our Indisch culture, as do all our American born kids. I’m looking forward to cooking all the dishes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
-Donna P. Martin
“It’s here! It’s stunning, beautifully presented, (as one would expect from a master chef!) informative in so many ways, and I can’t wait to play cook. Thank you, Jeff!!”
“I’m so excited that my daughter wants to continue our family recipes. This isn’t just a cookbook…Ludy you are so right it preserves our culture.”
“Got my cookbook and I love it! It means even more that I have this one and your Oma’s cookbook (my Tante Astrid Meyjes gave it to me)! Thanks Jeff!”
-Margie Binkuysen Bowman
“As I read through my new Indo Dutch Cookbook I was amazed that every single Indisch food that I grew up with and love was in this book!! And even the recipes are close to our own family recipes – we truly share a rich and amazing culture. Thanks, Jeff, for helping to preserve it! Love my new cookbook!!”
-Ludie van Broekhuizen
“Thanks for your cookbook Jeff Keasberry. Looking through all the recipes in your book is bringing back a flood of great memories. Thank you so, so much.”
“Love my roots. Thank you Jeff Keasberry. You have no idea what you have done for my sister and me. Thank you. Hope to see you soon.”
“Woo Hoo! Got my book. Beautifully done, descriptive, can’t wait to cook! Touched by the stories. Somehow the one thing that touched me most was how your Oom John ended his letter with “New York – home of those who ‘made it’”. See I already read it cover to cover. Thanks, Jeff. And congratulations.”
“Been enjoying thumbing through my new cookbook I don’t know what to cook first!!!”
“Just got our copy in the mail it’s wonderful my wife loves it!”
“Just received the book and I am truly impressed! It is beautiful, great job Jeff.”
“Just got your book today. It is BEAUTIFUL! I have skimmed through the entire book, it was nostalgic and informational. Loved the color pictures of the recipes and can’t wait to cook some old family favorites AND new ones! Congratulations on this book! THANK YOU!!!”
“The book is great Jeff, according to my husband (he’s Norwegian). He’s reading it, loves the history part of it. He got a kick reading about eating using spoon & fork because that’s how he does it to this day. I can’t get the book away from him.”
“Jeff Keasberry’s amazing newly issued Indo Dutch Cook book, I cannot wait to make some of his delicious recipes, well done Jeff.”
-Karin van der Schaft
“Love my personal copy of Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets. The book, compiled by Jeff Keasberry, is not just a cookbook with wonderful recipes and pictures. The book has stories about customs from a time long ago in a country which no longer exists called The Dutch East Indies, the land where my family was born. Jeff shares his family’s history and heritage which is very similar to mine and thousands of others who now live all over the world including in these United States. He did an absolutely beautiful job in sharing a culture which many of us hold dear and are always willing to share with you. How better to share a culture than through the kitchen onto the dining table where we can talk about who we are whether born in Java or Texas, California or Holland..it does not matter. We each have a rich heritage. This cookbook, available to all, shares a heritage and a culture that is rich in delectable dishes. I am so excited and thrilled to have my very own. Thank you, Jeff!!!”
“Let the cooking begin…thanks Jeff for bringing our flavors out for the rest of the world.”
“Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets. Is such a fabulous cook book. It’s so much more than “just” a cook book too — you’ve got to see it to understand. It celebrates who we are while giving us bits of history and understanding about our wonderful and precious dishes. It answers so many questions we’ve all had in our Indo households. I love my copy so much, Jeff! It has everything I could possibly want! You have thought of it all! You even have measurement conversions and suggestions for substitute ingredients. Such a blessing!! It’s excellent!!! Thank you! This is a true gift to our culture!! Indo Dutch food heaven! Mmmmmmm Lekker!!!”
“I am the happiest guy today because a big package arrived in the mail and ….you guessed it, my cookbooks (3) are here….I was already reading, then remembered that Jeff Keasberry suggested taking a selfie when we get our book. Ok then, I told you I was happy. Heel hartelijk bedankt, het is een hele mooie boek met geweldig verhaal en leuke fotos. Nu heb ik geen excuses meer, en moet ik in de keuken gaan proberen.”
–Cor van Overeem
“Got mine, and it’s looking good! No more “katties”, vinger lengte, spitglazen, etc”. Easy to read and understand. Thanks Jeff.”
“My grandmother gave me a cookbook with those types of measurements 48 years ago. I didn’t cook too much out of that book because it was to cumbersome to measure the weight of ten eggs etc, with measurements just as you described it. Just Jeff Keasberry’s cookbook and could not be happier!”
“Received my book in the mail today! It’s beautiful! Thank you! I only wish my mom was still around to see it; she would have loved it…”
“Finally received my own copy of The Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets by Indo Chef Jeff Keasberry today.
For those who haven’t received it or ordered it EAT YOUR HEART OUT while from now on I’m eating authentic Indo food.”
-Ben von Stockhausen
“And here is my unsolicited review of the book.
Undoubtedly this is an unique written cookbooks from all the Indonesian and Indische cookbooks published so far by incorporating the history and culinary development and fusion of Indonesian, Dutch and Indo cooking and also adding Jeff personal story of diaspora of the family from the former Dutch East Indies which many indo families can draw a parallel with their own experiences of leaving their land of origin and starting anew in a new country. Assuming that this cookbook is written primarily for the new generation of English speaking Indos, they can learn a lot of their own heritage and roots in this cookbook.
Jeff Keasberry is not only a good cook and writer but also an artistic designer and photographer as demonstrated by the cover photo of the gado gado salad dish. A restaurant will served you the gado gado dish with the vegetables on a plate with the peanut butter sauce spread over the vegetables, evoking images of unmentionables. He omitted this by placing the vegetables on the plate while the bottom already filled with the peanut butter sauce and thus presenting the vegetable in all its freshness and texture, definitely a much more pleasing image.
A honest review should also mentioned critical notes as a constructive suggestion for improvements in future reprints. Even though I can understand why Jeff is publishing the old family recipes in its original form in terms of spelling of Indonesian words to maintain its authenticity, I have a feeling that not much thought is given to the new spelling because his family moved to the Netherlands way before the official introduction of the new Numi spelling in August of 1972 of the Malay and Indonesian language. It is a fact that the Dutch Indos in the Netherlands continue as of today use the old spelling of “ oe “instead of “u”, “dj” in stead of “j” and “tj” instead of “c”. For English speaking Indos, for which this book is intended, the pronunciation of the new spelling characters is similar to the English pronunciation.
When the intention is keeping the old spelling for sake of authenticity then the new spelling should not be used, as seen in some sentences. And complete wrong spelling of ‘djuruk” for citrus should be corrected. It should be “jeruk”
For English speaking Indos who are not used to oe, dj, tj. it is confusing ,but even American Indos like Jan Krancher is making the same mistake in “jempol betoel” new spelling j and old spelling oe.
Care and thoughts were given to the publication of this unique cookbook which should also be given to the new spelling of Indonesian words.”
-Ben von Stockhausen
“Hi Jeff, I received my case of books today. I just wanted to tell you that I love the book I’ve been sick in bed all day and it’s been a pleasure reading it cover to cover, over and over. I have many Indonesian and Dutch cookbooks, and also Dutch Indo books too. But this book, the ease of recipes, history and translation is what I’ve been waiting for a long time. I can’t wait to share it with friends and family. I don’t think five was enough. I am giving them as gifts to the next generation of family, so they can carry-on with recipes. I’m going to need to order more or stop by the Holland Inter’l Market.
“Amazing cookbook Jeff! Going to try and cook one recipe every week. Love how you incorporate history, personal experiences and your talented photography.
“Congratulations, Jeff! Your book is full of surprises! Even found my 8 year old self in it (the Soos picture.) now I have to tell all the Soos alumni in that photo, they have to get their own copy of your book!”
“I love my cookbook, simple & clear and all the recipes I was looking for and more that would be great information to pass on to kids, grandkids. I am more than satisfied that I bought this book – every Indo should be getting one to pass on to the next generation and keep the “Indo” cooking going on for more generations. Thank you Jeff Keasberry”
–Maureen de Schepper
“Hi Jeff-Yesterday was so fun. It was like finding family. I showed my husband & daughter your book and they could identify with all the pictures! Especially the one of the pea soup with rice & sambal. Also the ones of family. We have the same pictures. And now you’re in CA also. I was so excited to know that I belong! It was really fun hearing you talk about the quirks of our upbringing. So far I’ve enjoyed reading the recipes and looking at the pictures in your book. I like the way you remind me of my childhood through food. It’s so important to keep that alive. It’s how I’ve taught my children about their interesting ancestors. And I’m so happy to see boeboer Ayam recipe. That’s comfort food for me for sure. Also, this is a book I will share with my children so I can pass the heritage on to them.
Thank you so much for taking on this important project. I appreciate it so much. I can’t wait to start cooking. Don’t know what to make first!”
“Your book has so exceeded my expectations Jeff! Thank you Mirna Bowman for inviting me to join. I made Ajam Smoor for my American husband. He loved it!
Also, it was a nice walk down memory lane reading all the recipes and ingredients. This book is a fine tribute to the Dutch-Indo culture!”
“Got my cookbook and I’m so happy. Can’t wait to get it out of the plastic to read it and start cooking. Dank je wel Jeff en jij ook smakelijke eten.”
“Jeff Keasberry understands that rijstaffel is an ensemble experience. In the indo-dutch vegetarian rijstaffel cooking class Jeff taught us, we experienced combinations of textures of foods that were more than the sum of their parts. Fried nut crackers, a kind of ginger that I had never knew existed, were brought together in a syncrhonization of flavors that our friends and us enjoyed thoroughly.”
“Thank you so much Jeff Keasberry ! Got my copy in the mail with Jamie’s! Looking forward to baking yum kaasstengels, pastei, indische Mac’N cheese (my Ma made the best but I never got her recipe) so hope your’s is close and last roedjak manis – again I nver got my Ma’s recipe , so Jeff I am so grateful to you for your in English Indo Dutch kitchen Secrets cookbook!”
“Undoubtedly one of the best cookbooks I have ever seen! The content is not only recipes, but a lot history, photos, stories, details, immensely educational. This cookbook will go down in history. Congratulations to Jeff Keasberry. Your book is a work of art. Perfect in every way. “
“Best Wishes and Thank You for the painstaking time to write this book. It’s much needed for this generation with Dutch-Indo heritage. Can’t wait to get it and share with my kids.”
“Received my Dutch Mag the other day, found you story today and was very glad because my mothers cook book is in dutch and I can not read that any more. By the way we had nasi goreng for dinner tonight. Have a very good day.”