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Food literacy given boost to celebrate Indonesia’s rich culinary heritage

  • A.Kurniawan Ulung

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  02:27 am

Buah keluak chicken by Malcolm Lee of Candlenut (Courtesy of Malcolm Lee)Raising awareness about Indonesia’s wealth of spices and foods remains a challenge.

Indonesia has an unflinching determination to seek recognition from UNESCO for the country’s spice trail as world cultural heritage.

However, according to Negeri Rempah Foundation chairwoman Kumoratih Kushardjanto, there has always been a lack of manuscripts about Indonesia’s food and its past glory in shaping the world through its spices.

Therefore, she intends to start a writers club for food journalists to boost publications about the country’s spice trail to draw more people’s interest to learn about the traces of civilization left by the trail that connected Southeast Asia, the source of spices, with the Middle East and Europe.

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