Before I got my new the new kitchen, I cooked probably twice a year. I knew I could cook but I just didn’t enjoy it. I told myself (and Patrick) that if I got my dream kitchen, I would be a lot more interested in cooking. And it’s true. Now I cook almost every other day — ranging from breakfast fare to simple stir fry veggies, osso buco, bacalao a la Vizcayna, baby back ribs, all sorts of chicken dishes and a weekly baking activity with the kids. I thank google for many recipes but I rely a lot on my parents and my brother for family recipes and the more important wisdom and tricks.
I’m so glad there is a new recipe book that compiles some family recipes from the Philippines’ top foodies. In From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories, chef Angelo Comsti shares generations-old and time-tested recipes. It is a treasure trove of stories, heirloom recipes and family memories from some of the country’s most influential foodies such as Antonio Escalante of Antonio’s (who shares my favourite Ilonggo dish Kadyos with Pork), Joel Binamira of Zubuchon, Aileen Anastacio of Goodies N’ Sweets and Pixie Sevilla-Santos of Forget Me Not Specialty Cakes.
There are more than 50 recipes featuring main dishes, snacks and desserts with personal photos and short stories accompanying each recipe. Some of the recipes which have clear step-by-step instructions and food preparation tips include: beef shank soup (pochero), stewed pork knuckle (estofadong pata), caramel custard (leche flan), prawns with coconut milk and bilimbi fruit, fried pork spring rolls and Christmas cheese balls.
Angelo Comsti graduated with a degree in professional culinary studies at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia and has long been working with food. He is a food writer for TV and various print and digital periodicals and a food and prop stylist for magazines, print ads, billboards, restaurant menus and cookbooks.
From Our Table to Yours: A Collection of Heirloom Recipes and Family Memories is exclusively available for P795 in National Book Store, Powerbooks and Bestsellers branches. Shop online at nationalbookstore.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for the latest events, promos and contests.