Gift Guide: For the Bibliophile, Gourmand, Adventurer & Lover of History

  "Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine" (Expanded Second Edition)

"Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine" (Expanded Second Edition)

"Kulinarya: A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine" (Expanded Second Edition)

Following the bestselling first version, this 2013 expanded second edition comes with new recipes from classical and regional dishes, new photographs by Neal Oshima, and notes and tips culled from some of the best-kept culinary secrets. 

Perfect gift for: experienced and beginning cooks, and lovers of Filipino food

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  "Linamnam: Eating One's Way Around the Philippines" by Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc

"Linamnam: Eating One's Way Around the Philippines" by Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc

"Linamnam: Eating One's Way Around the Philippines" by Claude Tayag and Mary Ann Quioc

A handy culinary travel guide book, the authors introduce us to the best dishes from every region in the Philippines and where to find/order them. They also tell us why and how each dish is unique and outstanding.  

Perfect gift for: balikbayan adventurers and food lovers

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 "The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey" by Marvin Gapultos

"The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey" by Marvin Gapultos

"The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey" by Marvin Gapultos

Food writer, blogger (BurntLumpiaBlog.com) and Filipino food truck pioneer in LA, Marvin puts together the recipes of his Filipino grandmothers and aunts, add a modern twist to them and comes up with new, delicious versions of old favorites illustrated with sumptuous photos.

Perfect gift for: new and experienced cooks, food lovers and adventurers

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 "Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California" by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon

"Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California" by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon

"Little Manila Is In the Heart" by Dawn Bohulano Mabalon

Subtitled “The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California,” this 442-page, meticulously researched book provides a comprehensive history of Filipino farmworkers in the state's Central Valley, their families, their social life and their struggles in carving a community of their own. 

Perfect gift for: students and history buffs

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 "Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years" by Susan F. Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo

"Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years" by Susan F. Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo

"Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years" by Susan F. Quimpo and Nathan Gilbert Quimpo

Intensely riveting, occasionally stomach-churning, these very powerful personal narratives of a family who gave so much (including two brothers) to the Philippine revolutionary movement during the Marcos years. 

Perfect gift for: history buffs, political activists

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 "Exeunt" by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

"Exeunt" by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

Exeunt by Carmen Guerrero Nakpil

The last book in this exquisite autobiographical trilogy (the first is “Myself Elsewhere,” the second, “Legends and Adventures”), the author, whose extraordinary life mirrors the elegance and turmoil of contemporary Philippine history, covers the period of the EDSA People Power I in 1986 and provides some juicy stories before and after it happened.

Perfect gift for: Mothers, history buffs, Philippine watchers

 

Readers: What books by or about Filipinos do you want in your holiday stocking this year?

Gemma Nemenzo

Editor, Positively Filipino