Trinity and I were at Barnes & Noble the other night. He went off to find his favorite books and I wandered over to the cookbooks. For some reason, there are at least two or three titles about Chinese, Korean, Thai and Indian cooking — but just one about Filipino cooking. What’s up with that?
The book I found was “The Filipino-American Kitchen” by Jennifer M. Aranas. The recipes looked interesting, and I’m sure it appeals to the Food Network crowd…but that’s not what I’m looking for.
And to be honest, I’d rather be learning from the Aida M. Barrientos school of cooking, but I missed that boat. My mom seriously made the best kare kare, pinakbet, pancit, mungo, sinigang, adobo, caldareta….Trinity especially wants me to learn how to make caldareta. I miss kare kare. I can do sinigang pretty well, am pretty good with adobo and can do lumpia….but man. That’s it? I suck.
Anyone have any suggestions on Filipino cookbooks? I don’t know if this is possible, but I would prefer one done by a Pampangan author — my mom used to say Pampangan women were the best cooks. Heehee.