6 Essential Cookbooks That Every Pinoy Home Cook Should Own

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Home cooks can learn a great deal about cooking and baking through cookbooks-so here are 6 essential Pinoy cookbooks, both old and new, to help you out with preparing a Filipino feast. These books hold the best within their pages: recipes, tips, and of course, wonderfully told stories about Filipino life and culture. They make good company both in the kitchen and in your reading nook!


1 The Adobo Book by Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Nancy Reyes-Lumen (2004)


Why stick to the usual pork and chicken adobo when you can experiment with several versions? Choose among both classic and jazzed-up adobo recipes (you will be surprised at the amount of versions you can cook!) to prepare for your family and friends. Nancy Reyes-Lumen, the well-known Adobo Queen, also shares her 10 Commandments in Cooking Adobo. We can back her up on this: these basic tips and secrets are life-changing!



2 Memories of Philippine Kitchens by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan (2006)



Here, the couple that runs and owns Filipino and New York-based restaurant Purple Yam revisit their roots and walk us through their life in the food scene with vibrant stories of the Filipino food culture. How did they bring Filipino flavors to New York and how did they thrive in it? Also, grab recipes of the classics: pancit, lumpia, kinilaw, and more.



3  Linamnam: Eating One's Way Around the Philippines by Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc (2012)


Itching to travel? This book is a travel guide for your tummy. Trek through each region of the Philippines with a couple that walks it like they talk it. Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc delve into each dish they try: what makes it unique and what part it plays in Filipino food culture. 

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4  Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter by Tatung Sarthou (2016)

Chef Tatung, one of the most well-known names in our current food scene, delves into a deeply personal book about how Filipino cuisine plays out in his life while teaching basic Filipino recipes and lessons. Learn about cooking techniques, Filipino cooking tools like the palayok, and how to use and respect native ingredients.




5  Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn by Dale Talde (2016)

Filipino chef Dale Talde, now based in New York, has become a contender in the international food scene after his stint at Top Chef. Born and raised in Chicago by Filipino parents, Talde aims to share recipes that marry both Eastern and Western flavors while highlighting his Filipino roots.  



6  A Decade of Spiral: Celebrating a Journey of Taste by Sofitel Philippine Plaza (2016)

The legendary dining establishment of Sofitel Manila, Spiral, celebrates a decade of redefined gastronomy and wine with a cookbook that holds a collection of recipes for our favorites: pork, chicken, beef, duck, lamb, and more.


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