Cooking with Keasberry is a food & lifestyle website by me - Jeff Keasberry. I was born and raised in Amsterdam the multi-cultural capital of the Netherlands. Since 2005 I call sunny Los Angeles my home. Longing for the food that bring feelings of happiness and sweet memories of the people I shared it with, I felt inspired to cook.
This website is dedicated to Indo Heritage Cuisine and Culture. It’s also a place where we document a selection of precious Dutch-Indonesian (Dutch-Indies/Indo) food recipes passed down from our late grandmother ‘oma’ Keasberry – she introduced and popularized Indo Cuisine in Amsterdam with the opening of her restaurant Djokja, back in the early 1950’s. She was also hugely successful as the author of her Dutch-Indonesian cookbook in which she revealed her kitchen secrets in 1976 – which stayed in print for over 20 years. In the Netherlands she is known as the authority in the field and in the top-5 of most consulted sources for learning how to cook classic Dutch-Indonesian fare.
I was so fortunate to have been raised in my grandmother’s restaurant, which I took over from my parents at the age of 18. I grew up in a Dutch-Indonesian 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 by spending a lot of time with her in the kitchen. She is also well known for her culinary talents. With her collaboration I was able to preserve most of the secret family recipes.
With this website I wish to make a contribution to keeping Indo Heritage cuisine and culture alive. Even more important I want the world to learn more about the wonderful Dutch-Indonesian food or Indo Heritage cuisine through my family’s and personal favorite recipes. It’s considered to be one of the world’s oldest fusion cuisines. With respect to some traditional Indonesian and Dutch dishes, this cuisine offers also a wide variety of fusion dishes, combining the best of ingredients and cooking techniques of two cultures. This East and West approach offers infinite combinations. The Indo Heritage cuisine invites to explore and experiment. It entices the most spoiled palate and culinary adventurer.
In my kitchen we offer a wide selection of home-style cooked dishes as well as fine dining – banquet style dishes, like the renowned ‘rijsttafel’ we used to serve in our restaurant and at fancy catered events.
Are you of Dutch-Indonesian descent? Wherever you live in the world, I would love to hear from you. Let me know what your favorite dishes and recipes are, and by all means, share your stories.
Have fun exploring!
PS: I am proud to share that my first cookbook was launched in the Netherlands, in March 2012. ‘Indische Keukengeheimen’ (Indies Kitchen Secrets), recipes and stories of 3 generations Keasberry’s. For now only available in the Dutch language. I am working on an English version. Stay tuned.
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