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Agatha Almunir’s cookbook

Ayo Makan! Come Eat!

Inspired by her Indone­sian grandmother’s cook­ing and bak­ing, Agatha Almu­nir (Indone­sian 2019) is shar­ing Indone­sian cul­ture through food via her web­site and cook­book, Ayo Makan!, invit­ing read­ers to come eat!” Devel­oped with her sis­ter, recipes are writ­ten in both Eng­lish and Indone­sian, with infor­ma­tion on the back­ground and cul­tur­al con­text for the foods pro­vid­ed along­side them. Through their com­pan­ion Insta­gram page, they pro­vide con­tent beyond recipes, includ­ing lan­guage cards, lists of Indone­sian restau­rants in the U.S., Indone­sian food trends through­out the world, and the his­to­ry of tempeh. 

The phys­i­cal cook­book was dis­trib­uted across the U.S. and in par­tic­u­lar was pro­vid­ed to the Car­oli­na Asia Cen­ter, for its teacher library and cul­tur­al kit pro­gram, which pro­vides free mate­ri­als to K‑16 edu­ca­tors through­out North Car­oli­na. Agatha plans to dis­trib­ute the book to oth­er pub­lic insti­tu­tions, once pan­dem­ic-relat­ed book dona­tion restric­tions are lift­ed. Agatha had planned to host a pop-up cook­ing event to kick­off pub­li­ca­tion of the book but was unable to do so due to the pandemic. 

Over­all, our goal was to reduce the lack of resources on Indone­sian lan­guage and cul­ture in the U.S. We are glad we were able to accom­plish this goal by estab­lish­ing an engag­ing, acces­si­ble resource dig­i­tal­ly and direct­ly into the hands of indi­vid­u­als. The Ayo Makan Online! site will con­tin­ue to be an ongo­ing plat­form and our book will pro­vide stu­dents an addi­tion­al, per­ma­nent learn­ing resource they can use to learn more about Indone­sia. With this oppor­tu­ni­ty, I per­son­al­ly have been able to real­ly work on my Indone­sian lan­guage skills by writ­ing and trans­lat­ing the recipes. It has also allowed me to learn more about Indonesia’s his­to­ry and cul­tur­al ideals, and I gained new con­nec­tions with orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als inter­est­ed in exchang­ing cul­tur­al resources.” 

Agatha Almunir
Indonesian 2019

Posted Date

April 12, 2021