Fire Islands



Steep verdant rice terraces, ancient rainforest and fire-breathing volcanoes create the landscape of the world's largest archipelago. Indonesia is a travellers' paradise, with cuisine as vibrant and thrilling as its scenery. For these are the original spice islands, whose fertile volcanic soil grows ingredients that once changed the flavour of food across the world. On today's noisy streets, chilli-spiked sambals are served with rich noodle broths, and salty peanut sauce sweetens chargrilled sate sticks. In homes, shared feasts of creamy coconut curries, stir-fries and spiced rice are fragrant with ginger, tamarind, lemongrass and lime. The air hangs with the tang of chilli and burnt sugar, citrus and spice. Eleanor Ford gives a personal, intimate portrait of a country and its cooking, the recipes exotic yet achievable, and the food brought to life by stunning photography.

Published by Murdoch Books May 2019   Photography: Kristin Perers

Coming soon in North America from Apollo Publishers: November 5, 2019


'This is not just a beautiful and hunger-stoking cookbook, but also a fantastic way to travel from your kitchen to one in Indonesia. This book has real spirit, bold flavours and beautiful words to boot. In short: it has it all.' Meera Sodha

‘Hot Stuff. Fire up your cooking with the exotic spices, colours and flavours of Indonesia… Ford delivers a thorough account of the Indonesian table and all its cuisines, from Sumatra’s spice blends and Padang’s slow cooked rendang stew to the raw vegetable dishes of Java and the chilli-hot fish from Sulawesi. ’ The Telegraph

“Eleanor Ford proves that Indonesian food is ready for its time in the sun”  Forbes

“This lovingly researched book from Eleanor Ford may have you hankering after a trip to Bali or Java. Or failing that, venturing into the kitchen with an armful of spices.” Delicious magazine

“ An introductory guide to Indonesian cuisine, presenting well-known recipes alongside some of the more unfamiliar cuisines and dishes of the region” The Bookseller

(Eleanor Ford) has written the most masterful book on Indonesian cookery. The mighty Fire Islands is a passionate and personal tour of the varied cuisines and cultures of the multiple islands that make up Indonesia.” Saliha Mahmood Ahmed 

This book is packed full of fantastic flavours which will give any dish an exotic taste. Alongside these recipes sits thoughtful cultural insights and some of the most impressive culinary photography, inspiring any cook to delve into the intricacies of Indonesian cooking.” Restaurant & Cafe

Bring a taste of paradise to the table with these sun-drenched Indonesian recipes by Eleanor Ford.” The Independent

“Writing is elegant, lyrical, evocative.” The Telegraph