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The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond [Filipino Cookbook, 99 Recipes] Paperback – May 7, 2013

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"Marvin stays true to his mission of nurturing the growth of Filipino food in America. He presents its history and promise, all seasoned with his personal stories and humor. This is for anyone interested in Asian cooking."
-Andrea Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and Asian Tofu

"This book is a clear testament that our traditional food has been kept alive, connecting generations of Filipinos and Filipino food lovers everywhere."
-Claude Tayag, artist, designer, chef, and author of Linamnam

"Marvin's recipes are fresh and playful, and his words shine with the signature whimsical style that makes his Burnt Lumpia blog such a hit."
-Pat Tanumihardja, food writer and author of The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook

"Marvin's deep knowledge and intense passion for Filipino cuisine are evident throughout this book. I love the scrumptious and inspiring recipes presented here--new frontiers to explore for those who love Asian cooking."
-Bee Yinn Low, author of Easy Chinese Recipes

"Some favorite new cookbooks (or at least new to me) have been the Adobo Road Cookbook by Marvin Gapultos, who performs the not-inconsiderable feat of making Filipino cooking delicious..."
-Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times

"Now rice pudding recipes are as common as golden poppies carpeting a California hillside, but I was delighted to find Marvin Gapultous's Filipino champorado (chocolate and coffee rice pudding) in his new cookbook, The Adobo Road Cookbook—A Filipino Food Journey—From Food Blog, To Food Truck, And Beyond. If you didn't know already, Marvin is the voice behind the very entertaining Burnt Lumpia blog. And if you haven't visited his blog, you should!" —The Christian Science Monitor

"If this creative take on an Ilocano classic is any indication of the quality of content tucked between the pages of The Adobo Road Cookbook, then I'll be coming back to this cookbook for further inspiration with fervor, and you should follow suit"—YumSugar.com

"Nose-to-tail cooking, funky fermented ingredients and pickled—everything. Filipino food has all the trappings of the next big 'it-cuisine' in the United States restaurant scene. Yet unlike Korean, Thai or Vietnamese food, most Americans would probably be hard-pressed to name or describe even one Filipino dish. Marvin Gapultos is on a mission to change all that with his new cookbook The Adobo Road Cookbook. …His food truck experiment [Manila Machine] lasted less than a year but made a major impact on the local restaurant scene. Its closure devastated loyal fans which is why Gapultos' new cookbook will seem like a lifeline to Angelenos still grieving the loss two years later."—Huffington Post

"Here's one way to light up a weeknight meal—and possibly smoke up your kitchen: A small amount of flambeed bourbon lends a certain and definite something to the pan sauce for this stove–top steak. The fiery technique burns off just enough of the liquor's edge while leaving behind complex flavor."—Washington Post

"But the most interesting creations happen when Gapultos explores the dense multiethnic heritage of the Philippines, as well as that of his own family. Using adobo, an essential vinegar sauce influenced by both Spain and China, Gapultos features both a classic pork belly-and-pineapple adobo, and a new-wave chicken adobo potpie. It's a delectable way of paying homage and looking forward at the same time."—TastingTable.com

"Rather than exotic and difficult, the recipes are surprisingly easy. To help those tackling Filipino food for the first time, Gapultos provides a guide to ingredients and utensils that includes photos and brand names. The cover shows the carabao wings, a tongue-in-cheek variation on buffalo wings (carabao is the Filipino water buffalo). Like the other photos in the book, it's professional and attractive. And, surprise, Gapultos took the photos himself, although he had to master a complex camera and learn food styling from scratch. He's done so well, you practically want to eat the page with the photo of his oven-baked sweet potato fries."—LA Weekly

"This ain't yo Grandma's meatloaf, it's much better. Created by Marvin Gapultos, mastermind behind the Filipino food blog, Burnt Lumpia, this recipe can be found in his new cookbook, The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond."—FoodBeast.com

"Marvin Gapultos, the L.A. local exploring Filipino food through his blog, Burnt Lumpia, and in a brief stint from his lauded food truck, The Manila Machine, released a cookbook yesterday called The Adobo Road Cookbook. The product of two years of hard work, with the intention of preserving family and roadside recipes, Adobo Road offers 99 recipes broken down into starters and bar snacks, noodles and soups, authentic and modern entrees including sinigang, lumpia, and pinakbet, as well as an assortment of adobos, vintage cocktails, and sweet stuff."—Grub Street Los Angeles

About the Author

Marvin Gapultos is the author of the celebrated food blog, Burnt Lumpia, and was the founder of Los Angeles' first gourmet Filipino food truck, The Manila Machine. Because of his contemporary take on traditional Filipino food, The Manila Machine gained both a loyal following as well as critical acclaim, in just a short period of time. Using his knowledge of Filipino ingredients and flavors, Marvin not only developed the menu for his mobile restaurant, but he was also responsible for cooking the food. In fact, many of the menu items served from The Manila Machine originated on Marvin's blog. His singular passion and focus on the food of the Philippines has made him one of the leading voices on Filipino cooking. Marvin spends his time as a food and marketing writer. He lives with his wife and son in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804842574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804842570
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Marvin Gapultos is a first-generation Filipino American and author of the celebrated food blog Burnt Lumpia. With his unique approach to Filipino cooking, Marvin became the first Filipino American food blogger to truly champion and showcase Filipino cuisine to a worldwide audience. In June of 2010, Marvin decided to take his recipes to the next level and opened The Manila Machine--Los Angeles' first gourmet Filipino food truck, and the first food truck to be completely owned and operated by food bloggers. Working the competitive food truck circuit on the streets of L.A., Marvin went from self-taught home cook to cutting his teeth as a professional cook--all while introducing Filipino food to the hungry masses of Southern California. In just a short amount of time, Marvin's cooking gained both a loyal following, as well as critical acclaim.

Marvin's pioneering efforts and singular passion in promoting the food of the Philippines has made him one of the country's leading voices on Filipino cuisine.

His first cookbook, "The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey", will be released in Spring 2013 by Tuttle Publishing.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BDiane33 on May 14, 2013
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This isn't only a great Filipino cookbook, it's a great cookbook period. The author did a fantastic job of weaving in history, helpful hints, and his own humor and stories into this extensive and impressive cookbook. The pictures for each recipe are beautiful and make me want to cook everything I see! As far as the recipes go, I've so far managed to cook the chicken adobo, the lumpia, and the pancit and all turned out delicious! I've eaten Filipino food my entire life, yet I never realized how easy it is to make at home.

If you're a fan of Asian cuisine, the Filipino flavors in this cookbook will open your eyes in a whole new way. I highly recommend The Adobo Road Cookbook.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Garofani on July 28, 2013
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Found this book at my local library and showed it to my Mom who came here from the Philippines in the early 1960's. Most of the recipes are those I grew up eating. My mom never writes down any of her recipes for filipino cooking. I had to learn by watching her cook throwing in a little this and that and mine never tasted quite the same as hers. My mom was surprised how similar these recipes were to her own and this book is my guide to practice with. The pictures are great and I can relate to the author's history! Affordable price--bought three to share with my Americanized cousins who crave simple and authentic Filipino dishes and want to make them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daylin-in-3D on May 24, 2013
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All of the recipes are structured well and the photos are absolutely beautiful. The pages are colorful and lively and the recipes are healthy and yummy. I love how Marvin explains the story behind each dish and the history of common ingredients found in Filipino food. I felt a totally new appreciation for both Filipino food and culture! I honestly can't remember the last time I was so entertained by a cookbook. Absolutely loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Valmonte on December 23, 2013
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I frequent the Burnt Lumpia blog for delicious Filipino recipes so when Marvin finally came out with a cookbook, I quickly placed it on pre-order. Great authentic recipes, yet I also like his spin on "new" recipes, e.g. spicy adobo wings. I was pleasantly surprised to find the recipe for cascarone as this is a dessert that my late nanang (grandmother) and tita (auntie) only made. I've made it several times for my kids and I am happy to say that it's 100% exactly the way I remembered as a child. If you are a Filipino-American trying to reconnect with your culinary roots, or a foodie who appreciates all types of foods and wants to experience Filipino cuisine, I highly recommend 2 cookbooks - The Adobo Road Cookbook and Philippine Cookbook (by Reynaldo Alejandro).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2013
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Made the chicken adobo and was really pleased with the recipe. Has been the closest so far to what I ate in Luzon over the years. Not completely the same but very good. A little too much vinegar for me but that isn't necessarily the recipes fault as each of us prefer different flavors in different intensities. Additionally, depending on the region, not all adobo is the same in the different regions of those wonderful islands. I'm looking forward to trying some other recipes as well. So far I'm very pleased. However, I will add that I approach most international recipes with the sense that I'm trying to get close to what I remember the food tasting like. I'll adjust them to fit my tastes while still staying authentic. So far this has been a good book choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By POGINGPINOY on June 12, 2013
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The recipes of Marvin Gapultos in his Adobo Road cookbook includes culinary school techniques in preparing traditional Filipino food, maintaining authentic flavors with enhanced methods. I think the outcomes are fabulous! Congratulations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FighterHayabusa on May 15, 2013
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This cookbook is amazing simply based on all the cool fun facts and Filipino food history lessons that are present throughout the recipes. With all the pictures and stories, the book really is engrossing and fun--considering that it's only a cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow too. Without a doubt, this has been a great new addition to my cookbook collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zina Payzant on January 22, 2014
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Reminded me of the food I had growing up. Tried a couple of the recipes, pork adobo and green beans.. Easy and my son loved it. He rarely gets Filipino food so it was nice a nice treat. Can't wait to try more recipes!
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