By: Laksmi Pamuntjak
A guide to over 500 restaurants, cafes, casual eateries and street vendors (kaki limas) in inner Jakarta, written by the poet and novelist Laksmi Pamuntjak. The photographs are by Yori Antar (JGFG 2001, JGFG 2002-2003) and by Paul Kadarisman (JGFG 2008-2009, JGFG 2009-2010).
A guide independent of the hospitality or restaurant industry in Jakarta. It accepts advertising but NOT from restaurants. Restaurateurs cannot buy an editorial listing or a favorable rating in this guide.
A guide that selects restaurants based on reputation, popularity and consumers’ recommendations and reviews them on their merits. Laksmi visits restaurants and pays her meals in full.
A guide that describes and evaluates restaurants as the reviewer finds them. It is not intended as the last word on food in this city. As Laksmi is fond of saying, “Food to me will never be the same as food to you."
Laksmi Pamuntjak is the author of three collections of poetry, a treatise on the relationship between man and violence based on the Iliad, a collection of short stories, four editions of the best-selling and award-winning Jakarta Good Food Guide and two novels. Pamuntjak's first novel Amba: The Question of Red, which has been translated into several languages, is about the historical violence in 1965, in which up to one million accused Communists in Indonesia were massacred. In October 2016, it won the LiBeraturpreis in Germany. Her second novel Aruna dan Lidahnya, which will be published in English in the US in 2017, deals with Indonesia's culinary diversity and the corrupt politics of avian flu. Both novels are national bestsellers. In 2012 Pamuntjak, who is also cofounder of Aksara Bookstore in Jakarta, was selected as the Indonesian representative at the Poetry Parnassus/Cultural Olympiad in London, held in conjunction with the London Olympics.
Paperback, 19,5cm x 15cm (portrait), English, 152 pages, 2009, Pena Klasik, Shipping Weight: 1kg
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