Bali Needs Our Help - Our Bali Your Bali Cookbook

Bali Needs Our Help - Our Bali Your Bali CookbookBali Needs Our Help - Our Bali Your Bali Cookbook

Bali needs your help. And Dean Keddell – restauranteur owner and executive chef at two of Bali’s most-well-regarded eateries – Ginger Moon Canteen and Jacksons Lily’s – needs assistance to realize his dream of helping his many friends and neighbors navigate through the most challenging period in the Island’s history.

Our Bali Your Bali (Bali Kita Bali Kamu) is the beautifully photographed cookbook that Australian chef and restaurateur Dean Keddell and his staff have created to raise funds for five charities that are supporting Bali's most vulnerable families and children.


The situation in Bali is dire. Tourism has disintegrated and the vast majority of businesses have closed many of them never to return. This pandemic has reaped havoc amongst families and communities as well as costing the economy billions of dollars. There are now 145000 unemployed Balinese trying to survive with no light at the end of a bleak tunnel.


Dean Keddell Executive Chef and Owner of two of Bali’s most beloved restaurants (Ginger Moon Canteen and Jackson Lily’s) started working on a cookbook to raise some money for these desperate families villages and charities. Over 400 pages later Dean has collected a quintessential list of unique Bali recipes from his staff their families local warungs and his restaurants.


Our Bali Your Bali - the cookbook - is a stunning tribute to the whole Bali community. This 400-page hardcover coffee table book is filled with recipes from the basics to some of Dean's most sophisticated recipes he serves in his restaurants.

Learn how to make your own bumbu (the base of many Indonesian recipes) a variety of sambals (side dishes) your own dumpling wrappers with beautiful fillings and traditional satays. If you've ever visited Ginger Moon or Jackson Lily's you'll be excited to discover some of the secret recipes of signature dishes. You will love the stories the photos and the recipes.

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Our Bali Your Bali – A Fundraising Cookbook Like No Other

When the tourist gates closed back in April everyone thought that this would be a temporary setback. Like the Bali bombings or the eruptions of Mount Agung this was just another hiccup in Bali’s unpredictable tourist game. Now nearly nine months later that thinking has long subsided and the island’s economy (along with that of it’s inhabitants) continues to dwindle.

This was a difficult reality for restaurateur Dean Keddel whose two popular restaurants Ginger Moon Canteen and Jackson Lily’s have long been favourite hotspots for international and in particular Australian visitors.

Located along two of Bali’s most thriving (or should we say previously thriving) eat streets Oberoi and Jalan Raya Seminyak diners would come in to savour delicious fusion creations at both venues. Dean also the Executive Chef of the restaurants served creative east-meets-west cuisine which would fly out the kitchen with suckling pig pizzas or rendang baos quenching the curiosity of patron’s palates.

But that success was incredibly dependent on the millions of international visitors that filled up the Seminyak streets and both Ginger Moon and Jackson Lily’s have remained shut for 8 months.

“Yet again Bali finds itself in a crisis situation” shares Dean. “This pandemic has reaped havoc amongst families and communities as well as costing the economy billions of dollars.” While Dean normally employs 130 staff over his two venues he says he has now had to cut back to a core of 50 – even then Dean has found it difficult to keep up the well-being and morale of his staff and their families.

The Solution

“I found myself sitting amongst the chaos wondering what I could do” he admits. “So I thought I would make my staff active by providing a project that we could all get involved in. We began collecting favourite family recipes that have been handed down through the generations of their families and then we expanded to ask local Warung [traditional eateries] cooks for theirs.”

Working within his and his team’s expertise – i.e. food! – the result will be a beautiful large hardcover cookbook. However this isn’t an ordinary list of recipes the cookbook will incorporate the very essence of Bali sharing stories of the island’s communities and families with local recipes and even a collection of favourite recipes from both the restaurants. Flavourful secrets will be revealed!

The cookbook is titled Our Bali Your Bali (Bali Kita Kali Kamu) as it captures the very essence of what people love about the island – the sense of togetherness. What’s more for those abroad and unable to come Bali these stories and recipes are a way of reconnecting and even experiencing a piece of the island in their own home through food. A taste of Bali if you will.

A Fundraising Effort

Beyond the amazing recipes and stories told through the book its main objective is to raise funds for five key charities on the island.

“The charities we have chosen are the backbone of Balinese society – they support the poor and vulnerable at the best of times” explains Dean. “Now with this pandemic many more families have joined the ranks of the needy while the charities have found themselves unable to raise their normal funds.”

The five charities that will receive funding from the project are:

Melbourne Bali Children’s Foundation – helping thousands of local children to complete school and to find employment.
Melbourne Scholars of Sustenance – combatting the effects of COVID-19 by providing nutrition to those in need.
Melbourne Friends of the National Parks Foundation – working to protect wildlife and their habitats at the same time supporting local communities.
Melbourne East Bali Poverty Project – helping people to help themselves
Melbourne Bali Wise by R.O.L.E Foundation – empowering marginalised women through skills education as a means to develop sustainable communities.

How can you help?

Our Bali Your Bali

Buy Cookbook

The cookbook is currently seeking funding by asking people to pre-order books from the crowd funder.

The campaign is called Bali Needs Our Help and Dean is keen to ask anybody in Bali Indonesia and internationally to support the cause by purchasing one the nooks.The project aims to raise over $100000 with proceeds going to the five local charities which have been badly hit.

If you have ever visited Bali or plan to enjoy some time on our tropical island” continued Dean “please support us and buy a book. I promise you’ll love all the stories photos and local recipes.

Bali’s warm and sincere hospitality has been captured between the covers in order for us to bring our precious Bali to you”.

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