When pressed to define Filipino food in one word, we’re apt to say “fusion.” Philippine cuisine bears the influence of our neighbors in Asia and the Pacific, as well as our colonial rulers from far-off lands throughout history. Our dishes and snacks incorporate recipes, ingredients and cooking styles with roots in Malay, Chinese, and Iberian (Spanish & Portuguese) cultures, among many others. These rich layers of influence make our food somewhat unique.
But our cuisine doesn’t merely reflect foreign influence — it of course showcases our local values as well. The enduring appeal of Filipino dishes like adobo, sinigang, and kare-kare is proof that our meals are focused on the ulam being traditionally served at the center of a table in sizes to share. This social, family- oriented approach to meals is truly Filipino.
Explore and discover the true Filipino goodness of the cuisine we call our own. Recreate classic recipes at home and find ingredients to bring your meals to life. 🙂
Filipino cookbooks with recipes from the Philippine islands
The Filipino-American Kitchen has over 100 traditional and modern adaptations of Filipino recipes. This cookbook is perfect for Americans with little to no experience with Filipino cuisine, and for Filipino-Americans interested in learning new adaptations of traditional dishes. Includes a brief culinary history of the Philippines, a list of Filipino ingredients used in the recipe, and a guide to navigating Asian grocery stores.
Authentic Recipes from the Philippines includes a history of Filipino food as well as photographs of each featured dish to give you an idea of what the end-product of your cooking is supposed to look like. Most find it more like a coffee-table book. Among the contributors are food columnist Doreen Fernandez and other Filipino culinary notables who grew up eating and cooking the dishes and are recognized experts of Philippine cuisine.
In 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines, Filipino-Australian Yasmin Newman includes recipes for atsarang papaya, toyomansi, sarsa ng lechon, sinamak, bulalo, inihaw na liempo, sinigang na baboy, kalderetang baka, adobong manok sa gata, pork tocino, binagoongang baboy, tortang talong, beef tapa, afritadang manok, pandesal, cassava cake, and turon.
From Our Table To Yours : A Collection of Filipino Heirloom Recipes & Family Memories is a cookbook of time-tested recipes handed down from generation to generation. The author Angelo Comsti won the 2014 Gourmand Best in the World Awards for Best Author & Chef, Outside Europe category.
The Tagalog for “cookbook” is aklat ng pagluluto or the coined word tala-lutuan, but most Filipinos simply use the English.
Kailangan ko ng kukbuk.
I need a cookbook.