Deborah Cassrels writing in The Australian
And why wouldn't it be? The island, with its vibrant culture, people and cuisine, home to De Neefe for more than 20 years, continues to weave a rich, creative tapestry through her life.
Fragrant Rice: My Continuing Love Affair with Bali, a combined memoir, recipe book and insight into the culture, was published in 2003. Now she's writing the sequel, a classic tale tracing three generations of women: her Balinese mother-in-law, herself and her two daughters, centring on the traditional v the modern. But she admits the book is in its early stages. "Who has time to write?"
She founded the festival after the 2002 Bali bombings to attract people back to the island and boost the economy. "Out of tragedy good things can happen," she says.