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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