Filipinx: Heritage Recipes from the Diaspora
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--Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen
"Whether the subject is spicy banana ketchup, rice cake roasted in banana leaves, or the Filipino community Dimayuga found while once stranded in the Caymans, the combination of personal connection and deep culinary knowledge proves unbeatable. She includes recipes for adobo with chicken, pork, and squid, alongside one for Spam. Instructions are meticulous and ingenious: chicken to be fried in the style of the Philippine chain Max's is propped on a can overnight to air-dry for crisper results, while eggplant are charred then dredged in beaten egg and fried. Robust flavors abound, notably in a chicken and rice porridge that's topped with soy-cured egg yolks. Meanwhile, contributions from the likes of trans activist Geena Rocero and "flavor scientist" Arielle Johnson enrich and entertain. Those ready to take the plunge into Filipino cooking will find endless inspiration and heart here." --Publishers Weekly STARRED review
"A cookbook can be anthropology, artwork, prose poem, kitchen manual, manifesto or memoir. Occasionally a title hits all those marks, and FILIPINX: Heritage Recipes From the Diaspora (Abrams, $40), by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan -- a playful, inventive celebration of the funky, tangy, salty flavors of Filipino American cooking -- is one of them. Put a copy of "Filipinx" on a low table and you'll find small children gawking at photographs that somehow manage to be mischievous, edgy and appetizing at once. A whole fried fish swims across a retro plate. A slab of daffodil-yellow chiffon cake reclines on a bed of dewy dust-pink roses. Halo halo soars above the rim of a glass, an extravaganza of purple ice cream, inky sweet adzuki beans, electric-green palm seeds, a single rectangle of satiny beige flan. Exciting though it is to look at, "Filipinx" is even more fun to read. Dimayuga, who opened New York City's Mission Chinese Food, and Mishan, who writes for this newspaper, excel at sensuous, funny descriptions."
--The New York Times
"This cookbook by superstars Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan is a contemplation on what it means to be Filipinx through food. The recipes are inviting and easy to follow, while the narrative merits a book unto itself. The whole is a dinner party, full of delicious food, interesting people, and compelling stories that describe a proud, diverse, and inclusive community. This is a book you'll want to devour whole."
--Anita Lo, Michelin-starred chef and author of Solo
"Filipinx is the story of the daughter of immigrants who doesn't feel the need to assimilate into America, but rather celebrates her roots and culture in their full richness--that is her contribution to being an American. Strong, thoughtful, and to the point, all while stylistically challenging what a 'cookbook' can be."
--Humberto Leon, fashion designer and co-founder of Opening Ceremony
"Reading Filipinx both filled me with longing and satisfied hungers I'd almost forgotten how to access. I returned home in its pages--to memories of pork chops in the turbo broiler, rice grains on the bottom of tube socks, the crinkling of wrappers around Food for the Gods. Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan have created an essential document for the next generation of the Filipinx diaspora and a beautiful guide for anyone who thinks of food the way Filipinos do--as a humble, extravagant expression of communal love."
--Jia Tolentino, New Yorker staff writer and author of Trick Mirror