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Wednesday, 23 February 2011


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@malou - thanks for dropping by again! The cookbook is like a two-edged blade at times, I think...sometimes I wonder do written recipes protect foodways...or does it lock it in time, as if there is only one way of doing such things when there are many? (ie the endless debate over adobo - which should never be 'standardized''!). For me cookbooks were like a map to something nearly lost within our family, but how much more richness is there in recipes kept alive and passed on.

skip to malou

I grew up in the northern part of the Philippines so most of the food I grew up with are not written in cookbooks. They are simple home cooked meals that I try to re-create in my mind. I'm glad I am able to chronicle a few in my blog.
Btw, I'm glad I found you again.. I've been meaning to drop by...


@WordsandNosh - salamat! I've been reading more of your blog, too, and love what you're doing.


@Jun - the passing down of recipes by memory are precious. And now that you mention sotanghon guisado, I'm getting hungry...

Words and Nosh

Hey there- just saw your comment on my own post on David-Perez's book. Like you, this was my first Filipino cookbook and will always have a place on my shelf!

I'm glad you found me because I've actually been meaning to get in touch with you. I work on Filipino/American food justice politics and memory, and would love to chat with you sometime about your blog and performance work (saw your piece on bigat at a conference, in LA I think)! Salamat, kasama!

Jun Belen

So many recipes come to mind. But these recipes aren't written in cookbooks but in recycled paper I used to write down recipes my mom in Manila would dictate over the phone. The last one we talked about about was her recipe for sotanghon guisado.

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