About the book:
A cookbook that partakes of family history and social history. It presents hometown cooking from Sulipan in Pampanga, a town no longer on the maps, its memory hovering between Calumpit, Bulacan, and Apalit, Pampanga. Some dishes come from Kapampangan daily fare, like Suam a Tulya; others like Lengua Legislativa come from festive tables, especially those of the legendary Capitan Joaquin Arnedo Cruz, his wife Capitana Maria Sioco de Tanjutco/Arnedo, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, of whom the author is one. The book is also social history, since the Introduction by Brother Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, and the author’s comments on each section and recipe present the social, economic, and culinary contexts of Sulipan cuisine. Since the recipes have been kitchen-tested by professionals, it is also, and primarily, a real working, workable cookbook.
Publisher: The Bookmark, Inc.
Publication Date: 2014 (Reprint)
Size: 215 x 215mm
About the author:
At age 23, Gene Gonzalez opened, as chef-owner, Cafe Ysabel in San Juan. Aside from a series of apprenticeships in France and Italy, he has completed various specialized courses in food arts in the Culinary Institute of America and the California Culinary Academy.
Apart from founding and running the pioneering Center for Asian Culinary Studies, Gonzalez is one of the country’s most prolific cookbook authors, penning iconic creations such as “Cocina Sulipeña”, a book on 19th century recipes from Pampanga, and a recent award-winning series on Filipino food. He has undertaken research and development projects with major food manufacturers and flavor laboratories, and his consultancy has bolstered more than 60 local successful food establishments.
His restaurant Café Ysabel, set in a handsome ancestral home with a lush garden, remains a constant among discerning diners, an oasis in northern Metro Manila. While Gonzalez’s curiosity, vision, and experimentalism has been paving the way for the country’s culinary scene for more than 30 years, it is clear that he will continue to play a vital role in its future.