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10 BestFilipino Cookbooks & Recipe Books

With more than 7000 islands and colorful history, Filipino has a significant cuisine though being overshadowed by its famous neighbors like Thailand or Vietnam. Through the long, rich history, the Philipines’ culinary is influenced by several cuisines of Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and American in combining flavors and cooking techniques. Based on those sharing and an abundance of seafood, tropical fruits, and creative cooks, Filipino dishes are no-frills food yet delicious, which are confirmed by every tourist. In this article, we are happy to introduce you to 10 best Filipino cookbooks for your reference. 

The Filipino Instant Pot Cookbook: Classic and Modern Filipino Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker

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“Heartwarming, easy-to-make, delicious!” – Romeo F.

According to the remark of Pati Navalta Poblete, the Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco Magazine, this book is here to help you understand the innovation of the spices, the difference of flavor profiles, and the land where these dishes were born.

Just in that way, readers can truly appreciate and understand Filipino dishes. Indeed, three authors desire to share stories about Filipino culture to make this book rather than a list of recipes but the preservation of the culinary heritage of the Philippine.

Through over 75 hearty recipes written by six determined home cooks in exploring Filipino heritage, readers are equipped with a full of essential things to make the most of your instant pot when cooking classic dinner staples to sweet treats. With humor&heart voice and stunning styled photographs, there is no reason for home chefs not to make a warm feast of Filipino cuisine.

About the Author: Three authors of this cookbook are Tisha Gonda Domingo, Jeannie E. Celestial, and Romeo Roque-Nido. Tisha Gonda Doming is the co-founder and co-administrator of the Filipino Instant Pot Community.

Being introduced to the instant pot by her mother, she quickly developed her cooking with the electric pressure cooker through practice with traditional Filipino ingredients, methods, and dishes. Besides, Tisha also works in publicity for a major television studio. Now she lives in Orange County, California.

Jeannie E. Celestial is a California-based food-career and practicing psychologist devoted to wellness and fostering healthy Filipinx (Filipino/a/x) communities.

Born in Guam and raised by skilled farmers Filipino parents and grandparents, she was inspired with a deep understanding of and respect for traditional Filipino ingredients. Jeannie achieved numerous degrees in art, social work, and clinical psychology at different universities. 

Romeo Roque-Nido is a food enthusiast born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his time as a world-traveling student in engineering at the California Maritime Academy, he found out that his most real passion for food is still the cuisine of the Philippines, his motherland, and several various gastronomies influenced him.

I Am a Filipino: And This Is How We Cook

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“This is the modern Filipino cookbook I’d been waiting for!” – Corinne

As shown in the title, I Am a Filipino is a guide for everyone to eat and cook like a native Filipino. Being influenced by Chinese, Mexican immigrants, Arab neighbors, Spanish and American colonies in ingredients and flavors, Filipino knows how to make their cuisine captivating and unique with layered spicy stews and flavors of burnt coconut. 

From a traditional classic kamayan dinner where people eat by fingers to national favorites and beloved street snacks, this book leads readers to a world of typical customed culinary of Filipino.

About the Author: The authors of this cookbook are Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad. 

Nicole Ponseca is the founder and creative director of Maharlika and Jeepney restaurants in New York City. Born and grew up in San Diego, she moved to New York to pursue an advertising career but discovered a shortage of authentic Filipino food in the city and decided to do something about it. Together with chef Miguel Trinidad, she opened Maharlika in 2011 and Jeepney one year later. 

Miguel Trinidad is the executive chef and co-owner of restaurants Maharlika and Jeepney. He is a judge on the cannabis culinary competition series of Viceland’s Season 3, entitled Bong Appétit.

The Easy Filipino Cookbook: 100 Classics Made Simple

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“Complicated cooking made simpler” – takori

Filipino dishes are a proud celebration of Pinoy culture, which is versatile and adaptable for every kitchen. In this cookbook, readers are equipped with 100 quick&easy regional recipes of flavorful food from the islands. More than a recipe book, this book begins with an in-depth history of Filipino cuisine with culinary influences from around the world.

Next, Pinoy prep, including essential tools, techniques, and ingredients for popular Filipino dishes, are also presented. Home cooks can find adaptations for an electric pressure cooker or Instant Pot as well. Last but not least, this cookbook guides the unique sweet, sour, salty, and bitter flavors of the vibrant and diverse Filipino culture with suggested Masarap menu. 

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Roline Casper, a chef, speaker, philanthropist, and owner of Roline’s Uniquely Filipino restaurants. After successfully opening her restaurant, she was given a culinary degree from Napa Valley Cooking School.

Roline Casper is a speaker, chef, philanthropist, and restaurateur. Learn more about her on Instagram @rolinesunifil or website

The Filipino Cookbook: 85 Homestyle Recipes to Delight your Family and Friends

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“A wonderful combination of recipes and culture” – D. Songco

For everyone who wants to try new cuisine at home, finding a reliable guidebook is significant. Take Filipino cuisine, for example, The Filipino Cookbook of Miki Garcia is a trustworthy book to allow home cooks everywhere to make authentic food from all regions of the Philipines at home with 85 tried and tested recipes. Featuring easy, step-by-step instructions utilizing readily available ingredients, this book’s recipes are both enjoyed by Filipinos and non-Filipinos.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Miki Garcia, a journalist and a food aficionado by life’s work. Getting a Master’s degree in journalism in England, she also is the author of two books and an expert on Kapampangan (a language in the Philipines) culture and history.

Though having traveled in nearly 100 nations, the greatest love of Miki Garcia is still for he melting-pot food of the Philippines, where she lived during a year. Now she resides in San Francisco, California.

The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from around the Globe

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 “Love this! Good read, Great Food! Must have!” – vytel99

Nowadays, Asian cuisine is more and more popular worldwide and Filipino cuisine is not an exception to the second-largest Asian American group living in the United States and the number of restaurants compared to Japanese, Thai, and Korean. Though being thought to be challenging to define, Filipino dishes are proven to be highly adaptable from its native who left the islands and set down roots all over the world. 

Thirty recipes and stories here are collected from immigrant Filipinos’ memories and favorites. Moreover, the book’s content about food culture is also contributed by several famous chefs from the White House, Master Chef competition and other prestigious awards.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, an expert in the food industry opening and managing restaurants at deluxe hotels such as Shangri-La and Sheraton with eight years of experience. She ever worked in Dubai and was featured in Emirates Woman magazine’s special report “Why the Future Is Female” as one of the five young women professionals.

Readers can find her writing in many anthologies and compilations or visit her at My Food Beginnings website. Moreover, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri also published cookbooks, which some of them are awarded prizes. 

Pulutan! Filipino Bar Bites, Appetizers and Street Eats: (Filipino Cookbook with over 60 Easy-to-Make Recipes)

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“Fun recipes and great tips on pairing with beer” – T. Linhard

In Filipino, pulutan stands for finger foods, bar snacks, appetizers, and street foods best pairing for an alcoholic drink cold such as beer, wine cooler, or cocktail. Being influenced by Spain, China, Mexico and the U.S. as well as indigenous flavors and traditions, pulutan can range from tapas and pintxos to eggrolls and dumplings, and even barbecued meat and chicken wings. 

In this new cookbook of Marvin Gapultos, he shows readers how to eat and drink like a Filipino with a range of easy Pulutan recipes. All recipes use easy-to-find ingredients at any supermarket or Asian grocery store. What’s more, as a certified craft beer professional, Marvin provides perfect beer pairings for each dish so you can both enjoy the making and satisfy the tasty result.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Marvin Gapultos, the creator of the popular food blog Burnt Lumpia and founder of Los Angeles’ first Filipino food truck The Manila Machine. Besides, he is the author of The Adobo Road Cookbook. With a passion for promoting the food of the Philippines, showing by his work, Marvin has become one of the leading voices on Filipino cuisine.

Moreover, due to his strength in pairing good food with good drinks, he has combined his love of craft beer with his passion for Filipino food.

Quintessential Filipino Cooking: 75 Authentic and Classic Recipes of the Philippines

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“Easy recipes with few ingredients.” – MSMcD

As shown in the title, this book gathers all the most exquisite Filipino cooking with 75 authentic and classic recipes. In this incredible collection, the traditions and favors with the standout of Austronesian, Malay-Indonesian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and American are highlighted. 

Based on easy-to-find ingredients and simple techniques, Filipino staples like lumpia (spring rolls), adobo (chicken or pork), sinigang (sour soup), kare kare (stewed oxtail), longganisa (sausage), leche fan are totally achievable and more.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Liza Agbanlog, the founder of the blog Salu Salo Recipes. Originally from the Philippines, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

7000 Islands: Cherished Recipes and Stories from the Philippines (No Series)

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“Authentic homemade Filipino Cuisine can be shared to everyone” – EPICurean M.

For Filipinos, food is more than a pleasurable pursuit but a cultural language. Therefore, though being less known sometimes, they still celebrate their food among the communities and make foreigners impressed always. Owning a significant number of islands, the Philipines has a sumptuous cuisine varied throughout the nation. 

In an attempt to gather all these signatures, the author divided this book into thirteen chapters with all the recipes you need to know such as Dipping sauces, Breakfast, Soups, Everyday food, Party food, Seafood, Barbecue food, Vegetables and salads, Rice and noodles, Bar and finger food, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Yasmin Newman, a food&travel writer, photographer, and TV presenter of Filipino heritage. 7000 Islands is a book about a journey through the exotic land of her mother, the Philippines, and also is the first book of Yasmin Newman. After that, she released another named The Desserts of New York, which is about an adventure of her young family and brother in one of the world’s most iconic cities.

The Philippine Cookbook

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“Basic but good” – BeePill

Though not being too outstanding among the region, there are always exciting things yet easy to achieve of Filipino cuisine for home cooks to try. With the adaption to the U.S. kitchens’ specific requirements, The Philippine Cookbook of Reynaldo Alejandro will be perfect for the health-mind American with more imagination and taste than time or budget.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Reynaldo Alejandro, a cook, caterer, dancer, choreographer and author. As a young Filipino-American, he also worked as the coordinator of food arrangements for the recent Philippines display at Bloomingdale’s in New York. He lives in Manhattan.

The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond [Filipino Cookbook, 99 Recipes]

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“Every Recipe a Winner” – CrossClan

As a food blogger and gourmet food trucker, Marvin brought up The Adobo Road Cookbook with his unique approach to cooking, taking on taking advantage of traditional island flavors. With nearly 100 recipes, this book seems to be a thing that shortens the gap between the roadside food stalls, bars and home kitchens of the Philippines to the hungry streets of L.A. Readers are assured to succeed with easy-to-follow and tried-and-true recipes confirmed by several reviewers.

About the Author: The author of this cookbook is Marvin Gapultos, a famous food blogger of Burnt Lumpia and the founder of Los Angeles’ first gourmet Filipino food truck named The Manila Machine. Due to the take on traditional Filipino food, the food truck received both positive followers and critical acclaim at the same time in a short period.

Understanding Filipino ingredients and flavors, Marvin not only developed the menu for his mobile restaurant, but he was also responsible for cooking the food that readers can find many of them in his blog. Besides working with food, he spends time on marketing writing. Now he lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Filipino cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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