Merkado by The Entree.Pinays

We Cook Filipino!


Heart-Healthy Recipes and Inspiring Stories from 36 Filipino Food Personalities and Award-Winning Chefs

Compiled and edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri
Philippine-born-and-raised, Jacqueline has worn several hats through the years. She is an anthologist, author and editor, and a former science scholar, restauranteur, teacher, sales and marketing consultant and copywriter. Above all, she is a mum.

Jacqueline would like to see more books from diverse authors so everyone could read about main characters like themselves and different from themselves. Her first book is the highly acclaimed THE NEW FILIPINO KITCHEN: Stories and Recipes from around the Globe. A follow on, WE COOK FILIPINO, is forthcoming in 2023. The publication of her debut picture book, MAMI KING: How Ma Mon Luk Found Love, Riches and a Perfect Bowl of Soup, is planned for spring 2024.

'This beautiful book is filled with stories and recipes from the heart, that are good for your heart too. It is a moving and meaningful showcase of how delicious and healthful Filipino food can be.' ― Ellie Krieger, RD, Food Network and PBS show host, and James Beard Foundation award winning cookbook author.

Kumain ka na? (Have you eaten yet?) is the greeting used by Filipinos whenever they meet.

This book presents the extraordinary food culture of the Philippines in stories and recipes from 36 culinary trailblazers ― award-winning chefs, food writers and social media stars from around the globe ― including the winner of the 2023 James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker Award ― Margarita Manzke, and The Entree.Pinay's co-founder, Grace Guinto. They share with us not just their favourite recipes for classic Philippine dishes like adobo and minatamis like Food of the Gods amongst many others, but also their personal family stories about what Filipino food and food culture mean to them.

Along with insightful stories and 51 different recipes, readers will learn many tips and techniques to balance flavour and heart-health in your dishes, such as:

How to use Filipino cooking methods to achieve bold flavours without adding extra sodium or sugars to your diet
Preparing ingredients to retain the maximum amount of heart-healthy nutrients
Managing your sodium intake while still using salt to heighten flavour
Using heart-healthy tricks ― like how to increase nutrient density and reduce the caloric value of a cup of white rice
Quick methods brewing flavourful broths, whipping up no-fry crispy treats, and so much more!

The 51 delicious recipes in this book are not just 'from the heart' ― they are also 'good for the heart' ― specifically included for their health benefits. The result is a cookbook presenting food as something central to Filipino culture and emotional well-being as well as being nutritious and amazingly tasty!