IN an effort to introduce lesser known regional dishes to the general public and make them not just appreciate and enjoy them but preserve them, too, food writer, stylist, cookbook author and former magazine editor Angelo Comsti recently launched his fifth cookbook, Also Filipino: 75 Regional Dishes I Never Had Growing Up.
Published by RPD Publications, Also Filipino features 75 regional dishes which the author discovered from his travels to 22 provinces, “from up north in the land-locked towns of Ilocos Norte to down south in Tawi-Tawi, where the food closely resembles those from neighboring countries.”
While growing up, Comsti knew little about Filipino cuisine. The food served at home more or less determined his idea of what Filipino cuisine was. But eventually he got introduced to different variations of adobo and sinigang, kakanins, noodles and sweets from his visits to friends’ homes, from restaurants, and from his travels to different parts of the country.
He then decided to scour the provinces for more hidden gems and succeeded in gathering the 75 regional dishes that he included in his latest cookbook, Also Filipino.
An important book on Philippine regional cuisines, Also Filipino introduces readers to such dishes as Pancit Puso of Cavite, Kinalas of Camarines Sur, Kiyuning of Lanao del Sur, Ngohiong of Cebu, Sinuwan of Albay, Kinunot na Tinapa of Sorsogon, Tinuom of Iloilo, Chicken Halang-Halang of Zamboanga del Norte, Bule Baluga of Pampanga, Pinatisang Baboy of Bulacan, and Linubak of Bicol.
Priced at P1,795, Also Filipino is available through Thekitchenbookstore.com. It is Southeast Asia’s first independent online bookstore specializing in food and wine.