Is Filipinx the perfect cookbook? Every recipe is mouthwatering, every page is gorgeous and informative. I feel incredibly lucky that Dimayuga has shared these tasty dishes, made them accessible (even for a so-so cook like myself), and brought so much joy to my kitchen table. Be prepared to cook through the whole book. Recommended By Michelle C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
In her debut cookbook, acclaimed chef Angela Dimayuga shares her passion for Filipino food with home cooks.
Filipinx offers 100 deeply personal recipes — many of them dishes that define home for Angela Dimayuga and the more than four million people of Filipino descent in the United States. The book tells the story of how Dimayuga grew up in an immigrant family in northern California, trained in restaurant kitchens in New York City--learning to make everything from bistro fare to Asian-American cuisine--then returned to her roots, discovering in her family's home cooking the same intense attention to detail and technique she'd found in fine dining.
In this book, Dimayuga puts a fresh spin on classics: adobo, perhaps the Filipino dish best known outside the Philippines, is traditionally built on a trinity of soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic — all pantry staples — but add coconut milk, vinegar, and oil, and it turns lush and silky; ribeye steaks bring extra richness to bistek, gilded with butter and a bright splash of lemon and orange juice. These are the punches of flavor and inspired recipes that home cooks have been longing for.
A modern, welcoming resource for this essential cuisine, Filipinx shares exciting and approachable recipes everyone will wholeheartedly embrace in their own kitchens.
"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
"If you want to understand the arc of Filipino food, realize its connection to other cuisines, and craft splendid flavors, Filipinx delivers. Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan packed the pages with tender remembrances, careful research, and smart recipes. Anyone interested in Asian cuisines should have this book." Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook and Into the Vietnamese Kitchen
"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
"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
About the Author
Angela Dimayuga is a chef, creative, and cultural tastemaker. She has been named to Zagat's "30 Under 30" list, honored as a James Beard Rising Star Chef finalist, and awarded Best Chef by New York magazine. Born in northern California to immigrant Filipino parents, she gained renown as the executive chef of Mission Chinese Food in New York and as the creative director of food and culture for The Standard Hotels worldwide. Based in New York, she is an associate artist and culinary curator at Performance Space New York, the culinary advisor to the Lower East Side Girls Club, and an advocate for marginalized voices.
Ligaya Mishan writes for the New York Times and T magazine. A finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the James Beard Awards, she has also written for the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, and her essays have been selected for the Best American anthologies in Magazine, Food, and Travel Writing. The daughter of a Filipino mother and a British father, she grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i.