The Kitchen — Islands of Spice

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The Kitchen is held daily at the Toko Toko Restaurant
October 5, 2:30pm – 4pm, Ian Burnet

While our chefs cook up some spicy delights, Ian Burnet will be talking about spices and the Spice Islands.

For a serving of spice islands history, Ian Burnet, will dish up a tale of the high seas and colonial rule focusing on Indonesia’s legendary spices, cloves and nutmeg. One of the world’s greatest authorities on the East Indies and the history of the Spice Islands. Burnet will deliver his pearls of wisdom along with fragrant nutmeg cake and clove-spiced cookies, from a man who knows his nutmeg.

The Indonesian province of Maluku (or the Moluccas) is famous for two trees that only grew in this part of the world and the spices they produce – cloves and nutmeg. The clove tree is indigenous to only five small volcanic islands off the west coast of Halmahera, namely Ternate, Tidore, Moti, Machian and Bacan. The nutmeg tree is indigenous to the equally small and even more remote islands of Banda, Lontar, Ai and Run in the Banda Sea.The exact location of these islands was long shrouded in myth and mystery, and together they became know as the Spice Islands.

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Step into The Kitchen to witness sizzling cooking demonstrations led by our exotic authors and chefs. Held daily near the Main Program venues, it’s your chance to gain an up close and personal encounter of the writer’s culinary skills. You can feast on words, wisdom and home-cooked specialties from across Indonesia and beyond while soaking in the laid-back ambience of Ubud.


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About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'. Author of the book 'Where Australia Collides with Asia' Author of the book 'The Tasman Map'. Author of the book 'Eastern Voyages'.
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