I absolutely love cooking and more importantly eating. And I love, love, love receiving cookbooks as presents. They are manuals for learning new cuisines and transporting us to faraway places. As well as, if followed correctly hopefully creating some tasty food!
So, this Christmas, I am gifting I Am a Filipino for my Mum, who is a Filipino, because though she is from the Philippines, she didn’t actually learn to cook until she moved here and even then, it wasn’t Filipino food she learned but British. The reason behind this she says is because when she was growing up, she was never allowed into the kitchen to watch the cooking. I have previously bought this book once before, for my cousin Lindsay, who like me is mixed-race (half-Filipino & half English) and when I gifted it to her, my Mum requested that I buy her a copy too.
This book contains all the best loved Filipino dishes such as Adobo (national dish of the Philippines, usually made with pork or chicken marinated in vinegar and then cooked with lots of garlic, bay leaves and black pepper corns) pansit (Chinese-influence noodles) and lumpia which are spring rolls, and many other deliciously vibrant recipes too!
If like me, you are a massive foodie and wanting to experience some new cuisine, this could be a lovely Christmas gift for someone you love or for you!