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Appetite for Freedom: The Recipes of Maria Y. Orosa with Essays on Her Life and Work


Maria Ylagan Orosa. Food Scientist. Innovator. Humanitarian. War Hero. 

"Maria Y. Orosa was profoundly forward-looking. She embodied the patriots our national heroes had envisioned to direct the future of a Philippines not yet an independent republic.

She was a pharmaceutical chemist not only involved with food development at the Bureau of Science but rural rehabilitation to uplift the lives of womenfolk.

"This re-edition of The Recipes of Maria Y. Orosa is a welcome addition to biographies of significant Filipinos as well as references for culinary innovation". 

- Felice Prudente Sta. Maria 


"There are about 700 recipes in this book, quite a feat when these are all from one person - Maria Ylagan Orosa - or inspired by her.

Orosa is a much-neglected figure in Philippine history and culture. But while she was cited mainly for her work in the resistance against Japanese occupation, it is her collected recipes that are her better legacy. They are the result of her work as a researcher and nutritionist at the Bureau of Science and Bureau of Plant Industry.

Orosa's many innovations are still being sold commercially and used today. Some of them are banana ketchup, vinegar made from pineapple, jams, and jellies out of local fruits, first frozen Philippine mangoes and calamansi juice".

- Michaela Fenix


50th Anniversary Edition. Limited copies available.


Book details:
Publisher: Ige Ramos Design Studio (IRDS)
Year: 2021
Language: English
Pages: 304 
Weight: 1.36kg
Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 inches


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