In early 2017, I was approached by PageStreet Publishing to work on a cookbook. At first, I was a little bit hesitant because I knew it would require a lot of time and hard work. Working a full time job, running this blog and taking care of my family was already a lot for me to deal with. However, people around me, especially my children were able to convince me to do it. I realized that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and that I might regret not doing it later. I decided it was worth the hard work!
The first step was coming up with a concept for the cookbook. I thought about my past experiences and what I thought people would be interested in. I knew that a Filipino cookbook that contained modern and classic recipes would be a good idea. With the help of my son, we were able to come up with a list of 75 recipes.
The next step was to develop and test the recipes. Some recipes were easy to test but there were some that required a couple of tries to get just right. My family was a big help throughout this process. They helped with cutting the ingredients, cleaning up the mess and taste testing all of the recipes.
During this time, I was able to take a break. I went back to the Philippines to be part of my mom’s 90th birthday. While I was in the Philippines, I was able to talk to some people who have a broad knowledge of authentic Filipino food. I was glad to talk to these people because I was able to use their advice in the cookbook. I also have a good friend here in Vancouver who provided great advice. He was a big help in creating some of the more complicated recipes.
With the support of my family and some of my friends, I was able to finish testing and developing the 75 recipes. I was really happy with the variety of recipes I was able to come up with. Some traditional recipes like binagoongan (pork with shrimp paste) was given a modern twist by making the pork crispy. I was able to incorporate modern and trending recipes such as Squid Sisig. Finally, I was able to add dishes from my own childhood, which I learned to cook from my mom.
I am so proud of how the cookbook turned out. The recipes were meticulously created and the photos are awesome and mouth-watering. The cookbook is a product of hard work, collaborations and love. I am thankful to all the people who made this book possible.
I only got hold of your cookbook recently.. I found it by accident when I was at the library looking for Filipino cookbooks. I actually found 3. Your recipes are quite a delight and easy to follow. Thanks for all your hard work and keep up spreading the Filipino cuisine. Yum. Yum.
Thanks so much for your support and kind words 🙂 Take care and stay safe!
I just bought the cook book which just so happend to be the most expensive Filipino cookbook here in Manila. Worth the buy though spilled tomato sauce on a page. Wipped it immediately and that worked out fine… but not as fine as the food.
Thanks Vester for the support!
Congratulations for you cookbook!
I hope to try all the recipes one at a time in my own kitchen.
I am a big fan of Filipino dishes. Google is helpful but I find that your book has the simple available ingredients. I love the variety of recipes and how they’re grouped together.
The mouth-watering photos make me run to the Asian store to start cooking my favorite dishes now.
My husband will surely love me more if my cooking get quite as close as what the picture and your book say.
Cheers and more power!
Thanks Donna for your support! I am glad you were able to find some recipes to try 🙂 Take care and happy cooking!
How much is your cookbook? More power to you!!
Thanks Eileen! Amazon is accepting pre-order of my cookbook. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Quintessential-Filipino-Cooking-Authentic-Philippines/dp/1624145485