Hi, I am Jeff Keasberry

I learned at a very early age that food brings people together. My proclivity for culinary entertainment and connecting people comes from growing up in my grandmother’s (Oma Keasberry) Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam.

 

While living in LA, embracing the American lifestyle, I bring my multicultural upbringing with Indonesian and Dutch ancestry. As a transnational I can easily shift between the cultures and cuisines I identify with. This makes me more adventurous with food and curious about trying different things.

What's Cooking With Keasberry?

You get to peak in the nerve center of my daily life; my kitchen, where the best of east and west come together. I invite you to explore and try the dishes that bring me comfort and joy!

 

My goal is to make Indonesian and Dutch cuisine accessible to you. Most of my activities are geared toward promoting these still little known cuisines and getting them the accolades they so richly deserve. I try to do this by sharing easy recipes in my blog, my cookbooks and during cooking classes. I also offer guides and recommendations about where to source ingredients, what restaurants to try and places to visit. Sign up for The Cook Whisperer  to get periodic kitchen secrets, tips and special offers in your inbox. Just enter your e-mail here and click “Subscribe”.

 

As a self-proclaimed curator of Indo Dutch fusion cuisine, I post recipes and stories of the Indo Dutch diaspora and their unique cooking style. I give lectures to interested audiences about the culinary history of this ethnic, hybrid community originating in the former Dutch East Indies – modern Indonesia. I also develop recipes, photograph food, promote and review products and organize events. Are you interested? Click on Work With Me.

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My personal story (extended version):

Hello again! I am Jeff Keasberry. I was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have called sunny LA my home since 2005. Not long after my arrival,  I started craving my comfort food. You know, delicious food that brings feelings of happiness and sweet memories of the people you shared it with in the past. I realized little was known in America about Indonesian or Dutch cuisine. Not that many Indonesian restaurants to be found, let alone Dutch restaurants. In pursuit of the taste of home, I got triggered to cook more myself and build my repertoire by consulting the family recipes archive – my mother.

 

At the same time there was a demand for a reprint of my Oma Keasberry’s (Oma is Dutch for Granny) popular cookbook in the Netherlands. That inspired me to continue her legacy and come up with a whole new book with family recipes of 3 generations. This time with full color pictures, the family story and historical information about the fusion cuisine and hybrid culture that originated and evolved in the former Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia).

 

Oma Keasberry introduced and popularized Indonesian and Indo Dutch cuisine in Amsterdam with the opening of her restaurant Djokja, in the early 1950’s. She was also hugely successful as the author of her cookbook, which was published in 1976 and remained in print for over 20 years. In her book, she revealed the kitchen secrets she developed over the years. In the Netherlands, she is known as the authority (the Julia Child if you will) on Indonesian & Indo-Dutch fare, and is among the top five most consulted sources for learning how to prepare these classic dishes. From 2011 through 2013, Oma and her family restaurant and my cookbook were featured at the exhibit on The history of Dutch Indies cuisine at the largest and oldest Eurasian festival in the world: Tong Tong Fair in the Hague, Holland.

 

I was fortunate to spend most my younger years working in my grandmother’s restaurant, which I took over from my parents at the age of 18. One year later I graduated from the business school for hotel & restaurant management in Amsterdam. I grew up in an Indo Dutch atmosphere, surrounded by people who were passionate about cooking and eating. I savored many delicious Indo food dishes and learned the fine art of cooking from my mother (aka Oma Jessy), by spending time with her in the kitchen. She is also well known for her culinary talents, helped to write my Oma’s cookbook back in the day and was on 24kitchen, a cooking show on Dutch national television. With her collaboration, I was able to preserve most of my family’s secret recipes.

 

My first hardcover cookbook on classic Indo Dutch cuisine was published in the Netherlands in 2012. During that year I appeared on national Dutch television and radio to promote the book and tell my story. My second book was published in 2014 in the Netherlands. It was the first cookbook on ‘the new Indo Dutch cuisine’. My interpretation of the Indo Dutch cooking style brought more contemporary dishes that also fit in a healthy and busy lifestyle. My third book was published in 2016 in the USA. It is the first cookbook on Indo Dutch Heritage Cuisine in the English language. The aim was to make the cuisines more accessible and to preserve a nearly extinct cuisine of a sub-culture. I also took the opportunity to give a historic background of the Indo Indo Dutch community. The book was well received. It got rave reviews from US families with roots in the former Dutch East Indies and Holland. Especially those who don’t speak or read Dutch anymore. The cookbooks they inherited were all in Dutch or Indonesian. Some were able to reconnect with their culture through the recipes I shared with them. I toured to major cities in California, Texas, Washington D.C. New Jersey and New York to do presentations, book signings and conduct cooking classes. Check videos. Check testimonials. Check media.

 

This website and other initiatives are my contribution to promoting Indonesian, Dutch and Indo Dutch Heritage Cuisine and to preserve the unique Indo Dutch food culture. What’s more important though, is that I want the world to learn more about these wonderful classics. Try these home-cooked Indo Dutch dishes – considered to be part of one of the oldest fusion cuisines in the world. This east and west approach offers infinite combinations and allows for the evolution to continue. Dutch Indonesian Heritage cuisine invites you to explore and experiment, enticing the most spoiled palate and culinary adventurer.

 

In my kitchen, I offer a wide selection of home-style cooked dishes (not found in any restaurant) as well as fine dining, banquet-style dishes, such as the renowned rijsttafel that we served in our restaurant and at fancy catered events.

 

My passion has turned into a mission; to preserve our culinary heritage and to introduce America & the world to the comfort food I grew up with and to get the cuisines the accolades they so richly deserve.

 

Have fun exploring!

 

Chef Jeff