HER large, round eyes lit up with a certain glow. The smile on her lips never left as she scribbled down “Thank you for your patience!! God bless you always!” on my copy of her cookbook and then signed it for me. Then she gave me a warm hug and smiled her sweetest smile as my husband Raff took our photograph together. She was genuinely happy when I told her that I was the one who edited her cookbook. She’s teleserye queen and multi-talented dramatic actress Judy Ann Santos, and the occasion was the National Book Store and Anvil Publishing Inc. press conference for her very first cookbook, Judy Ann’s Kitchen, held at C3 Events Place in Greenhills on June 24, 2015.
Yes, I’m proudly the editor of Judy Ann Santos’ cookbook! Before that press conference, we never met. The recipes, articles, layouts, comments and correspondences were all through email, which also involved Ani Habulan of Anvil Publishing Inc. and Tippy Fernandez of Judy Ann’s MyLaunchPad group. When Anvil’s Karina Bolasco and Gwenn Galvez gave me the project a few months back, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my very first cookbook editing project with Anvil would be Judy Ann’s cookbook. To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. I’ve always been a fan, and so Judy Ann’s Kitchen was a dream project.
Well, it is now in the bookshelves of National Book Store and Powerbooks, where it is exclusively available at Php595 per copy.
Judy Ann’s Kitchen is the young superstar’s gift to her fans, friends and supporters, as, through it, she is able to share the recipes that she enjoys cooking for herself, her family and her friends. The book, which contains 44 recipes, is divided into five chapters, classifying her recipes under Comfort Food (recipes that she grew up with), Friends (quick, easy but impressive dishes she serves when entertaining friends at home), Kiddie Parties (dishes that she oftens cooks for her kids Yohan and Lucho), Wifey Duties (food that her husband Ryan takes to work as baon and those that she whips up for their dinner dates), and Health & Discoveries (healthy stuff that has helped her trim down and maintain her weight).
Aside from the recipes, the cookbook also allows Judy Ann to share stories about her growing up years, her family, her career, her passion for cooking, and her culinary course at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies (CACS). She likewise shares tips on Kitchen Emergencies, Pantry Essentials, Preparing Before Cooking (or what chefs call mise en place), Meat Doneness for steaks, How to Do a Formal Table Setting, What Goes in the Ref and What Stays Out, Superfoods and Healthy Ingredients to Include in Your Diet, all supplemented by fabulous photographs by Raymund Isaac.
Made possible in partnership with Champion Fabri-con, Maggi, Absolute Pure Distilled Drinking Water, Goldilocks and RiteMed, Judy Ann’s Kitchen can also be bought in eBook form at nationalbookstore.com.
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