Masasarap na Lutuing Pilipino ni Aling Charing

Build your collection of Filipino cookbooks by adding this title from Rosario Fabian.

June 14, 2011 | by Minnette Gamez-Aquino

Several cookbooks sit in my shelf at home, but the most dog-eared and worn is the volume titled Masasarap na Lutuing Pilipino ni Aling Charing.
Aling Charing is the nom de plume of Rosario Fabian, a former columnist and  editor of Liwayway Magazine. The book is a compilation of recipes submitted by readers for her column Lutuing Pilipino. The text is written in Filipino from a bygone era, the kind you read in Araling Panlipunan textbooks. It takes some getting used to, most especially when you're used to reading Filipino cookbooks in English.

If you let the language barrier stop you from appreciating Aling Charing and her other books, then you will miss precious nuggets of cooking wisdom, the kind that can only be acquired from experience. Reading through it feels like placing oneself under the apprenticeship of a doting grandmother offering the kitchen wisdom she has gained through the years—picking the freshest meats and produce, dressing your own chicken, and making good use of leftovers.

My favorite recipes in this volume are the Menudo, Paksiw na Pata and Kare-kare, which I have used at home with good results. Also worth checking out are her merienda recipes for three kinds of leche flan, and a hotcake formula that produces sweet, soft, and fluffy flapjacks.

Masasarap na Lutuing Pilipino ni Aling Charing (P 175) is available in National Book Store branches nationwide. 

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