10 Cookbooks I Love

Every book on this list has earned a place on my shelf because it signifies some part of my life that has become so intertwined with food and cooking. In no particular order, these are: Kids Cook Sarah and Zachary Williamson were two American middle-schoolers who taught me about Reuben sandwiches and why making popovers…

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The “Dishing Up Toronto: Kain Na!” Food Tour

Earlier this year, I co-led a food tour of three Filipino restaurants in Toronto and talked about the owners’ migration stories, how Filipinos have woven their way into Canadian society, and the history of foods they served while (importantly) eating and drinking things that in the simplest way, made me very proud of my food…

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A “marriage” of nature and culture in Batanes

On Friday night, after stumbling home from a party with an open bar, I opened a package from the fine folks at The Kitchen Bookstore. The next morning I saw a box ripped into four pieces. I’m pretty sure that’s not how they meant me to open that. But excitement surpassed the desire to nurse my hangover,…

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#FilipinoFood Book Review: Cocina Sulipeña – Culinary Gems from Old Pampanga by Gene Gonzalez

In the foreword of a tantalizingly descriptive book about food from a long-gone town, food historian Doreen Fernandez asks: “how is a cuisine – country, regional, family – born?” Within 200 pages, chef Gene Gonzalez brings his hometown of Sulipan, geographically from the province of Pampanga, to brilliant life – illustrating the lengths that illustrious…

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#FilipinoFood Book Reviews: The Governor General’s Kitchen by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria

I am writing this because, as historian Ken Albala says, “the history of cooking methods, recipes and food customs can help us become more responsible consumers who get greater pleasure from what we eat.” In reading historical books about food, he ventures that “armchair time travel…transports us to a strange, exotic place that might inspire…

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