The Birdwoman’s Palate

Book / Novel


by Laksmi Pamuntjak
Translated by Tiffany Tsao

Format: Hardcover, English
364 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 1503937348/9781503937345
Published Feb 01, 2018 by AmazonCrossing

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In this exhilarating culinary novel, a woman’s road trip through Indonesia becomes a discovery of friendship, self, and other rare delicacies.

Aruna is an epidemiologist dedicated to food and avian politics. One is heaven, the other earth. The two passions blend in unexpected ways when Aruna is asked to research a handful of isolated bird flu cases reported across Indonesia. While it’s put a crimp in her aunt’s West Java farm, and made her own confit de canard highly questionable, the investigation does provide an irresistible opportunity.

It’s the perfect excuse to get away from corrupt and corrosive Jakarta and explore the spices of the far-flung regions of the islands with her three friends: a celebrity chef, a globe-trotting “foodist,” and her coworker Farish.

From Medan to Surabaya, Palembang to Pontianak, Aruna and her friends have their fill of local cuisine. With every delicious dish, she discovers there’s so much more to food, politics, and friendship. Now, this liberating new perspective on her country—and on her life—will push her to pursue the things she’s only dreamed of doing.



There were definitely parts that any of us can learn from but for me it wasn’t enough to truly enjoy it.
Shuffle Bookbox in The Birdwoman’s Palate by LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK (Personal Blog, Jan 02, 2018)