Michaela Fenix, editor of Food magazine and author of best-selling culi- nary books, released her newest title, Country Cooking.
Published by Anvil Publishing and National Book Store, the book was officially launched on June 26 at SM Aura Premier. It is a collection of food essays and original recipes from different regions of Philippines.
Among the book’s unique and traditional recipes are Balbacoa from Bohol, which is “cow’s feet boiled until skin and tendon are tender, with ginger to remove the odor and to add flavor; the controversial Pinikpikan from the Cordilleras that prepares its meat by “gently beating the chicken to death”; and Nilagpang from South Cotabato, a broiled fish sautéed in evaporated milk, among others.
Also included in the book are dishes not foreign to the ears as they are staple in Filipinos’ everyday meals already like the Sisig from Pampanga, Inasal na Manok from Negros Occidental, Kaldereta from Batangas and Escabeche from Leyte, and more.
Fenix also writes about the country’s proud culinary practices and the home grown cooks who are keeping this tradition alive including multi-awarded writer and cultural icon, Gilda Cordero-Fernando; the late veteran gourmet chef, Chef Nora Daza and more culinary icons like Glenda Barretto, Claude Tayag, Myrna Segismundo, Felice Sta. Maria and notable food critic, author and columnist Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez.
Incidentally, Fenix is married to The Manila Times columnist Yen Makabenta.
Country Cooking is available at National Book Store and Powerbooks nationwide.