And no, I didn't mis-pronounce "A New Lead" with an Asian accent. Geez.
Not that we need ANY more books in our house, I decided to take a little Sunday trip down to Barnes & Noble to see if there were any new reads out there that might be interesting. I picked up a hardbound collector's edition of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a "Calming Coloring Book for Grown-ups" (along with some colored pencils), and a colorful and fun new cookbook that caught my eye.
It's not every day you see a cookbook that has bright pink lettering, the word "Philippines" written, and a guy that looks like someone you could be related to on it. As you can see by the photos above, it might have caught your eye too. Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn by Dale Talde with TJ Goode
I flipped through the pages to quickly find that this guy (the author) not only came from a Filipino home like I did (well, half, for me), but grew to love all foods - especially American ones, simply because, as kids, they were mostly off-limits. Ordering pizza at my parents' house was a HUGE faux pas - and getting Taco Bell after movie? ::gasp:: Either my dad cooked what little amount of dishes he learned from his mom or from being a bachelor, or my mom cooked foods she grew up with in the Philippines. In Talde's intro, he also tells a few stories that sound very similar to mine from growing up not only in my own home, but also the home of my cousins, who were WAY more Asian-influenced than me. To them, I was American.
The more I perused the recipes, the more excited I got. In Talde's book, he takes culture cooking to a fun and fancier level that is easy to pull off at home. Just remember, in Asian cooking, you might sweat a little. No it's not just from spice heat, but most likely from from the amount of MSG that it's made with - and Talde recommends never to cut this corner at all. In his words, all of the negative claims MSG has on health ("everything from headaches to autism") is complete and utter "bullshit." Wanna know something, I kind of agree. I mean, my mom cooked - scratch that- cooks with it, and we all turned out just fine.
I'm ready to take down a grocery list and see which recipes turn out to be my favorites. Once I do, I'll be sure to post!
'Til then, kainan na! ::let's eat!::