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In addition to managing his own catering company, Reynaldo G. Alejandro works as an author, lecturer and professional cook. He lives in New York City.
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  • Series: Authentic Recipes Series
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions; Hardcover with Jacket edition (November 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079460238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794602383
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tina on May 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure what the other reviewer meant by the book not covering traditional Filipino food he's known. This was lovingly put together by Philippine-born Filipinos famous for their work in documenting authentic Filipino cuisine... very unlike other cookbooks whose writers only parachute into the country, if at all, and compile recipes for publication.

True, it's not a typical cookbook that focuses solely on recipes. The first ten or so pages are essays. Its value is not only in the beautiful photographs, but also in the substantial background it provides for Filipino food. What a deal at $12!

You can preview the book above with Amazon's "Search inside this book" feature. The reviews of the edition that came out in 1999 are here: The Food of the Philippines: Authentic Recipes from the Pearl of the Orient.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen on February 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book mainly as a resource for Filipino food. The book has a very apealing layout but if you're looking for a cookbok, this is not the one. This is more of a coffee table book. I was disappointed with the recipe selection because most of them are pretty "entry level" recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChicagoBoyRN on August 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was born in the Philippines and came to the US at the age of 14. Tried Pork Menudo recipe from this book i borrowed from our local library.

Pork Menudo turns into an Italian menudo disaster. The recipe calls for an 8 ounces of Pork Loin with 3/4 of tomato paste. I should have known that this is way too much, but still proceed with the recipe. ICK!
Turns into a marinara instead!

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! It is best if you google a traditional Filipino recipe and read reviews to find out how the recipe turns out. This way you won't be wasting ingredients, just throwing it away like i did with mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fred6301 on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this filipino cookbook is one of my favorites. you will find the most popular filipino recipes. my only regret is that more recipes were not included. that is probably because the high quality of the book, beautiful color photos, high quality paper, hardcover, etc. is very reasonably priced. a great gift or addition to any asian cookbook collection. especially great for those interested in filipino cooking
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By S. L. Evans on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Purchased this book used (in good condition ) and was not disapointed at all! The book, cover, and all pages were like new! The recipes all make your mouth water, and believe me, if you like Chinese, Guamanian, Thai food, this will be a much used member of your cook book family. All but two recipes I would make in a heartbeat and would try hard not to eat the whole recipe! Okay, maybe a half...
Not only are these very yummy, they are really good for you, which makes you feel so much better while gobbling them up! The beginning of the book tells a bit about the islands themselves, but the book also gives (with pictures) info about different ingredients used to make these dishes. WOW! I now want a book on Thailand food. I have made 4 of the Philippines book recipes, and my tongue and tummy are really happy. Would buy again in a heartbeat! Order was also filled quickly! Thank You!
SE from NV
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Format: Hardcover
If you like periplus cookbooks and already own "the food of" version of this book, then reconsider buying this one. The new "authentic recipes from" series is just a rehash of the "food of series" with a few subtle changes such as relacing obscure recipes with more recognisable ones, bigger font and format, less on the history and some updated pictures.

Overall I kind of like the recipes in the new books more as there is less filler and odd recipes, but I do like the layout and format of the older hardcover "food of" books. So if you own "the food of" and want to get this book, be prepared to sell it off as you will only end up doubling up 90% of recipes between the 2.
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