Review: The Filipino Family Cookbook by Angelo Comsti

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Belinda Ho” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Abril%20Fatface%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]This is one rare cookbook which really transports one back in time. The recipes in the cookbook are amassed from 42 of Philippines’ food personalities from cooking show hosts to restaurateurs, bakers and chefs.

Every recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photo of the dish and a lovely story of how the recipe was passed down from generation to generation, resulting in dishes full of heritage and full bodied flavour with improvements made to the recipes over the passing of generations and time.

I loved reading the nostalgic family stories on the history and unique charm of each dish, on how meals were like in the past and how things have changed over the generations.

With recipes dating back to the 1940s, this cookbook is a treasure trove of precious recipes held dear by Filipino families through several generations. We had Filipino domestic helpers our entire lives so we are very familiar with Filipino cuisine and very much enjoy traditional Filipino dishes. This cookbook is, as you can imagine, a beautiful and meaningful gift for anyone who appreciates Filipino cuisine.

With the touching and nostalgic stories accompanying the recipes of classic favourite Filipino dishes like adobo, chicken afritada and kinilaw, clear and concise step by step instructions and beautiful food pictures accompanying every recipe, this cookbook is a delight for the senses. I can practically smell and imagine scenes straight out from the 1940s just by reading the little stories behind the dishes.

My Filipino domestic helper has been very happy with this delightful cookbook. With more than 50 precious family recipes of traditional Filipino dishes and our common love for Filipino cuisine to explore, we have been having a lot of Filipino dishes alongside our traditional Chinese dishes at meals and I am chuffed to say the two cuisines actually go really well together!

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for Filipino cuisine or to anyone who would like to explore Filipino cuisine. While cookbooks celebrating a country’s traditional dishes are dime a dozen, it’s certainly not commonplace to find a cookbook put together by so many celebrated food personalities that is this rich in heritage and nostalgia![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]9789814561426[/vc_column_text][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”gp-standard-sidebar”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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