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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804838364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804838368
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the current jumble of pan-Asian and Nuevo-Latino fusion, Aranas's sensible, solid home cooking stands out."—Food & Wine

"For those who know squat about Filipino food (which would be most of us), this book is perfect; it not only provides a ton of great recipes, but it also has a snooze-free intro on the evolution of Filipino cuisine and a cool "buying guide" that demystifies ingredients with descriptions and photos."—Time Out Chicago

"People will recognize the ingredients and flavors. Like taco Tuesdays and spaghetti on Wednesdays, you could have Adobo Thursdays. Think of it as an exotic but familiar twist on moms ' menus everywhere."—East West

About the Author

Jennifer Aranas was the chef and owner of the nationally acclaimed Rambutan Restaurant, Chicago's first fine-dining Filipino eatery. She sold the restaurant in 2002 to focus on her food writing and teaching cooking classes.

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What a great collection of recipes!
American Dad
You will be hard pressed to flip through this book without finding something that you want to try.
John Matlock
For anyone interested in Filipino cuisine, BUY THIS BOOK.
F. R. Padilla

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The dishes in this book fit the title: Filipino American. That is, they are based on the traditional foods of the Philippines but modified to allow the chef to take advantage of fresh local products, and of a minimum of specialty spices. The resulting foods are thus more suited to both the American taste and the American supermarket than highly traditional recipies.

Philippine food traditions are based on their particular variant on oriental cooking, but modified by years of invluence from incoming cultures. The Spanish took over the island in 1542 and left them with a deep impression of Spanish culinary heritage (paella for instance, but without saffron). The Spanish in turn brought with them some Mexican influence. And then there were the Americans, the Japanese, the Chinese.

Ms. Aranas has done an excellent job of fitting these into an American kitchen. You will be hard pressed to flip through this book without finding something that you want to try.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By F. R. Padilla on December 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For years, I've been pleading with my mother to write her recipes down on paper -- everything she's ever cooked for us growing up was from her memory. And, as she was a caterer, there are many, many recipes, family or otherwise, that I would like to memorialize and pass onto my kids.....

Alas, no recipes from my mother. Yet. But. But but but but but, Ms. Aranas has managed to put into one book the key Filipino recipes ALL Filipinos should have, especially my generation and all generations to come. The recipes themselves are straight-forward -- most Filipinos will be familiar with almost every single recipe. The pictures are stunning, and evoke memories of my childhood. She gives the reader excellent insight on Filipino ingredients, and the recipes are quite easy to follow.

For all 1st generation Filipinos living in the US, BUY THIS BOOK. Hand it down to the next generation. For anyone interested in Filipino cuisine, BUY THIS BOOK. You will not regret it. I can't more highly recommend this book as a cornerstone for Filipino far into the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeeZee on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was a regular diner at Jennifer Aranas' restaurant in Chicago, Rambutan. When it closed, I thought I'd never get to savor the delights that regularly came out of her kitchen.
I was thrilled when she released a cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and she lists where to find the ingredients and what to use as a substitute if you can't get the traditional ingredients.
The food tastes as good as it did in the restaurant. I had a dinner party and served all my faves. The shumai, lumpia, palm heart salad, and humba paired with the maja blanca mais are mouthwatering.
If you're interested in trying Filipino cuisine, you can't go wrong with this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelly R. on June 26, 2011
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No, I probably dont know squat, but I do know the food is fabulous. The book looks good, great pictures, the recipes look good, but I am used to them being called in their native language, and that is included too. The book has the look, size, and feel of a table top book, almost too pretty for a working book. I was disappointed in this quote "Like taco Tuesdays, and spaghetti on Wednesdays, you could have Adobo Thursdays." from East West Magazine. Not really with this book, Duck Adobo, a far cry from pork or chicken, wet or dry styles. Entirely simple 5 ingredients plus a meat. I have managed to make this dish a family favorite, everyone knows when I am cooking adobo, I never seem to have enough left over. I expected a bit more depth on a national dish. The second is Lumpia. She did give it space, the style is good. Considering the different combinations, I expected a little more information. I still think this book is a good deal anyway. Next, I will try the Whole cooked red snapper.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on August 3, 2008
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This is a very well put together book of fil/am delights. Lots of great recipes and even soups and salads. Mouth watering pictures to accompany the recipes from beginning to end, and easy to follow instructions. Malugod ito....Gusto ako!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Swanson on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I gave my brother and his girlfriend this cookbook for Christmas one year because they had moved from Chicago and were disappointed with the lack of ethnic cuisine in their new home city, Pittsburg. They call it their go to cookbook and go to it whenever they want a taste of home. My brother does most of the cooking and shopping for them and says the recipes in this book are not difficult. He wrote me a thank you card after he made the first dish from the cookbook and said he felt like a Chef because the shrimp he made looked just like the picture in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Padilla on November 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hooray for Filipino-American food coming into its own! If only my mother had ever written down her recipes for me, I would have spared my husband and friends many a sad attempt at recreating a little bit of my childhood. But, now I have this book to reference! Still not better than my mom cooking for me, but way more portable! Thanks for a great collection of recipes for generations to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Jones on November 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
jennifer aranas used to own a restaurant in chicago called Rambutan, which featured much of what you'll see in this book. from the adobo to the shumai and everything in between, the dishes are addictively delicious! i miss the restaurant but i'm glad i have the book!!!
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