Filipino cuisine has a wide variety of dishes, from street food to delicate dishes. If you’re a fan of Filipino food, chances are you’re also a fan of Filipino cookbooks. In order to find the best Filipino cookbooks, you’ll first need to know what you’re looking for.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some popular Filipino cookbooks.
The Easy Filipino Cookbook: 100 Classics Made Simple
The Easy Filipino Cookbook presents 100 recipes, from classic Filipino cuisine like adobo, lechon, and pancit bihon to street food like bicol express and lechon kawali.
Many of the recipes are quick and easy, which is great for daily cooking. The chapters focus on regional dishes like Bicol Express, Paella Valenciana, and Lechon Kawali, plus there is a wide selection of party dishes, desserts, and snacks.
It also has clear instructions on how to cook and how to use an electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot®.
It is a handy, portable, and easy-to-cook Filipino cookbook.
I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook
Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad’s “I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook” is an intimate and insightful look into Filipino cooking and culture.
The authors look at the many things that have changed the food of the Philippines, from Chinese and Spanish colonization to the time when the United States ruled the country. They also give readers a look into the kitchens of some of the country’s most famous chefs, showing them how traditional dishes are made.
With recipes for such classics as adobo chicken, pork sisig, and lumpia Shanghai, “I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook” is essential reading for anyone interested in exploring this underrepresented cuisine.
The Filipino Instant Pot Cookbook: Classic and Modern Filipino Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
This cookbook is for anyone who has an Instant Pot.
While I don’t cook Filipino food very often, when I do, I have a hard time finding recipes for the Instant Pot. This book solves that problem.
The recipes are well written and easy to follow, and the photos are beautiful. The recipes work great in my Instant Pot. There are recipes for desserts, beverages, main dishes, and sides.
The book has a great section on “must-have” pantry items and other necessary items to have on hand.
I highly recommend this book as an essential cookbook for any Instant Pot owner.
Quintessential Filipino Cooking: 75 Authentic and Classic Recipes of the Philippines
Liza’s first cookbook has everything a good cookbook should have: a good balance of photos and text, interesting flavor combinations, and easy-to-make recipes.
There are some great Filipino homestyle dishes here, but most of the book is focused on exotic dishes, like the citrusy giniling na hipon (shrimp in a coconut sauce), kare kare (stewed oxtail), and kare-kare (oxtail stew).
The book also includes tips and techniques on cooking, such as how to peel and grate an eggplant, and on Filipino ingredients.
If you love Filipino cuisine, this is an essential collection.
Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream
Alvin Cailan has turned his popular Eggslut restaurant into a cookbook that tells the story of his life as a Filipino-American in New York’s Filipino community and includes recipes from his family.
The Filipino-American Dream is a collection of recipes inspired by his time spent with his mother, grandmother, aunt, and many Filipino friends, as well as by his career to date.
Some of the recipes are inspired by his childhood, such as his Chinoy chicken adobo, while others, such as his Filipino beef stew, are tied to his time at Eggslut.
The recipes hold a lot of nostalgia for those of us who grew up in Filipino households and for those who may still remember Filipino foods.
Fans of Filipino food in general and Eggslut in particular will find the recipes easy to replicate at home.
Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats: (Filipino Cookbook with over 60 Easy-to-Make Recipes)
Filipino food has a rich and fascinating history, which Marvin Gapultos explores in his cookbook, Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers, and Street Eats.
The author, who is a Certified Cicerone (R) and loves beer, has put together a complete collection of recipes for one of the most varied cuisines in the country. These recipes, grouped into different categories, range from appetizers all the way to desserts.
The sauces, meats, and vegetables used in the recipes are things that most home cooks are likely to have on hand.
Even though the recipes are easy to understand and use common ingredients, some of the more unusual ones have detailed instructions on how to make them.
Perhaps the greatest challenge is not following the instructions to the letter but choosing which recipes to make first.
The Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight your Family and Friends
I’ve been a fan of Asian cuisine for years. There is something about the flavors, the spices, the different textures, and the different methods of cooking that really appeals to me.
In this book, the author takes us through 85 recipes from the Philippines. The recipes weren’t too complicated and provided good step-by-step instructions with photos for most of the recipes.
This book is ideal for anyone who has an interest in Asian cuisine but is a little intimidated by some of the more complicated recipes, or who just wants to try Filipino food.
The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from around the Globe
The New Filipino Kitchen is both authoritative and approachable.
The authors are passionate cooks and foodies, and their love of Filipino food shines through on each page.
Their introduction is chock-full of fascinating trivia and anecdotes about the history of the Filipino food tradition, and the book’s recipes run the gamut of Filipino cuisine, from classics like adobo and lumpia to more modern dishes such as pork belly sisig.
A few short stories that show the depth and breadth of Filipino culture have also been added.
The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond [Filipino Cookbook, 99 Recipes]
Even though this book is mostly a cookbook and doesn’t have much in the way of tips or troubleshooting, it does what it says in the title.
Adobo Road has 99 recipes for different kinds of food, and each chapter is about a different part of the Philippines. Along the way, Gapultos gives important information about techniques, history, and where to find ingredients, which is explained in different parts of the book.
One of the more interesting aspects of the book is that, in addition to Filipino food, it touches upon food from other parts of Southeast Asia, Mexico, and the United States.
And since the book is so heavily steeped in Filipino culture, it also includes some facts and figures on Filipino food that you won’t find anywhere else.
The Filipino-American Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Contemporary Flavors
The Filipino-American Kitchen by Jennifer Aranas is an in-depth modern Filipino cookbook that is perfect for both newcomers and people who have been cooking Filipino food for a long time. It is an essential reference for Filipino food.
Aranas introduces traditional Filipino food and recipes that have been turned into easy-to-follow, step-by-step modern recipes. Each recipe has a list of ingredients, instructions on how to make it, and a photo.
This Filipino cookbook has not only tasty new ways to make traditional dishes, but also an introduction to the culture of the Philippines and tips on shopping.