A new e-book from Philippine Traveler offers a taste of traditional Filipino fare to whet the appetite of those preparing to visit the Philippines or to sweeten the memories of those who can’t wait to return.
— Eager to share the taste of Filipino tradition and culture, Philippine Traveler introduces the e-book Filipino Home-Style Cooking. The cookbook, available for free download, guides those unfamiliar with Filipino food and those who already enjoy it through the steps for preparing delicious dishes.
With more than 50 recipes, Filipino Home-Style Cooking demonstrates how to cook the way most in the Philippines cook in their homes. The Filipino recipes include traditional soups, desserts and snacks as well as recipes for dishes featuring vegetables, seafood, beef, pork and chicken.
“Food is at the heart of Filipino culture,” said a spokesperson for Philippine Traveler. “It marks our history and celebrations and is bound up with memories of family and special times.”
Along with dishes that originated in the Philippines, the e-book demonstrates how Filipinos have put their own stamp on foods from the many cultures that influenced the islands. Cooks can find paella and flan from Spain as well as chop suey and sweet and sour fish from China infused with the Filipino love of spice, color and fresh ingredients.
In addition to inspiring color photographs of the dishes, each recipe also provides insight into the dish’s role in Filipino culture. Readers can explore the health benefits to new mothers of a fish soup called “tinolang isda” and learn that a fried plantain or “maruya” is popular street food. Better still, the clear instructions accompanying each recipe make preparing the dishes simple.
“The aroma, taste and texture of these dishes will give those planning a visit to the Philippines much to anticipate,” said the Philippine Traveler spokesperson. “The recipes also will help them savor the warm memories of their journey upon their return.”
The cookbook also includes handy tips to help home cooks navigate the intricacies of Filipino cuisine and improve the function of their kitchens. Special attention is given to handling ingredients that might not be familiar to Western cooks, such as cooking with vinegar and cleaning “sayote” or pear squash.
The author of Filipino Home-Style Cooking, Adelle Dungog, learned the secrets of Filipino cooking from her mother and grandmothers. As they prepared simple daily meals and rich fare for feasts, Dungog acquired their knowledge and developed a love of cooking. Currently based in Davao City, Dungog enjoys creating fresh dishes inspired by her travels throughout the islands.
“This recipe book is a culinary adventure from all over the Philippines,” Dungog said.
Those interested in obtaining a copy of Filipino Home-Style Cooking and learning more about traveling in the Philippines can visit Philippine Traveler at http://philippinetraveler.com/mmpthome
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