Filipino American History Month: Cookbooks & Food

Updated: November 2, 2022

Filipino cuisine has a rich and varied history that includes influences from many cultures and countries.

The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey, from food blog to food truck and beyond
Gapultos, Marvin.
Call Number: 641.59914 G211

Angeleno and first-generation Filipino American Marvin Gapultos found a calling in making Filipino cuisine better known. This was accomplished in several ways: his blog Burnt Lumpia, The Manila Machine (a food truck), and in this cookbook.


Amboy : recipes from the Filipino-American dream
Cailan, Alvin
Call Number: 641.59914 C134

Lots of full-page color photographs are part of this cookbook by L.A. restaurateur Alvin Cailan, owner of Eggslut. The book reflects his unlikely rise to fame as the son of an immigrant family, while seeking his identity that was caught between being Filipino and American.

The Filipino cookbook : 85 homestyle recipes to delight your family and friends
Garcia, Miki, 1969-
Call Number: 641.59914 G216 2016

Sample 85 recipes that have been tested and include a range of authentic dishes from the Philippines.

The Filipino-American kitchen : traditional recipes, contemporary flavors
Aranas, Jennifer M., 1970-
Call Number: 641.59914 A662

Jennifer Aranas is a Chicago-based chef and teacher, who owned Rambutan Restaurant, Chicago's first fine-dining Filipino eatery, which she sold in 2002. The recipes cover everything from appetizers to desserts. The instructions include the basics and are accompanied by color photographs.

Fine Filipino food
Bartell, Karen H.
Call Number: 641.59914 B283 2009

There are 200 easy recipes plus a glossary of ingredients and chapters that feature individual types of traditional dishes. Bartell highlights the mix of cultures that have created this very special cuisine.

I am a Filipino : and this is how we cook
Ponseca, Nicole
Call Number: 641.59914 P798

This was awarded best cookbook of the year by several major publications. There are recipes for national dishes and other recipes that reflect the influence of Spaniards, Americans, Mexicans, Arabs and others. Wonderful color photographs bring the food to our tables.

Kulinarya : a guidebook to Philippine cuisine
Rosales-Barretto, Glenda
Call Number: 641.59914 R788 2013

Contributions by writers and Filipino Chefs (Glenda Barretto, Conrad Calalang, Margarita Fores, Myrna Segismundo, Jessie Seincioco, and Claude Tayag) provide an excellent overview of traditional Filipino cuisine.

Lemongrass & lime : southeast Asian cooking at home
Cohen, Leah (Chef)
Call Number: 641.5959 C678

Leah Cohen grew up half-Filipino and never imagined that a professional life in the food business would be in her future. This book reflects some of her Filipino heritage and that from other southeast Asian countries. There are street food snacks, main dishes and rocking cocktails.

Memories of Philippine kitchens : stories and recipes from far and near
Besa, Amy.
Call Number: 641.59914 B554

Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, restaurateurs and chefs, give us a personal look at Filipino cuisine and culture. They trace the origins of native foods and the impact that foreign cultures had on the cuisine.



The new Filipino kitchen : stories and recipes from around the globe
Call Number: 641.59914 N5325

Chio-Lauri, restaurateur and editor, has compiled short stories and recipes from contributors, which reflect eastern and western influences on Filipino cuisine.

Pulutan! : Filipino bar bites, appetizers and street eats
Gapultos, Marvin
Call Number: 641.59914 G211-1

Pulutan are the finger foods to eat with drinks or pick up as street foods. There are suggestions for drinks that pair well with the scrumptious nibbles.

Quintessential Filipino cooking : more than 75 authentic and classic recipes of the Philippines / Li
Agbanlog, Liza
Call Number: 641.59914 A264

Classic, authentic recipes reflect the influence of Austronesian, Malay-Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and American cuisines on Filipino cuisine.