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Janet DeNeefe

Janet DeNeefe: Janet is the Founder and Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and an award-winning author. Janet earned a degree in Arts and Crafts at Burwood State College in Melbourne, before travelling to Bali in 1984 where she established her home, married and raised a family. Her award-winning books are: Bali: The Food of My Island Home which was nominated for Best Asian Cuisine Book of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for “Best in the World” 2012;

To Stir With Love and Fragrant Rice. Janet runs The Casa Luna Cooking School, and, with her husband, owns three restaurants in Ubud. Janet will be officially opening our inaugural festival on Friday, September 9, 2016. (www.janetdeneefe.com) 

"I have been told my life is a fairy-tale but my story is simple. Born in Melbourne, Australia, I met a Balinese man from Ubud in 1984, and without much thought, moved to this charming hillside town and threw myself into a new life. Back then, ducks and cows wandered down the main road and telephones were a luxury. That was nearly 30 years ago. Hard to believe. And since that time, 4 babies have been born and businesses have blossomed. We are the proud owners of Casa Luna and Indus restaurants, and more recently, Bar Luna. I also run The Casa Luna Cooking School where happy tourists and others are taught the secrets of Balinese cooking.

In 2003 my memoir/cookbook Fragrant Rice was published and is an account of my life on this fabled island interspersed with Balinese recipes and insights into local traditions. In 2004 I created the international Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in response to the 2002 Bali bombings. It has been named by Harper’s Bazaar, UK, as “one of the top Festivals in the world” and by ABC’s Asia-Pacific network as “the next Edinburgh Festival of Asia”.

 In 2011, my cookbook, Bali; The Food of My Island Home was released and includes my favourite recipes from Bali and beyond. I live in Ubud on the premises of the Honeymoon Guesthouse with my husband and four children, when they are all home."