About the book:
Recipes tell stories. They make excellent carriages for folklore and history and as they make their way from cook to cook, from generation to generation, they evolve to suit new tastes and times. Recipes are windows into the psyches and beliefs of their holders, the circumstances in which they live and their responses to them. To explore the stories behind recipes is to attempt to understand their provenances.
In Milk Pigs & Violet Gold, Bryan Koh travelled the Philippines, from Pagudpud to Zamboanga, in search of recipes, some well known, others elusive, to get a fuller understanding of the culinary tapestry of one of the most underrated and least explored cuisines of Southeast Asia. Milkier Pigs & Violet Gold is its enriched successor, containing more recipes from travels to Batanes, Cavite, South Cotabato and Samar.
About the author:
Bryan Koh has contributed food and travel articles to magazines in Singapore such as Prestige, Designaré and the online AsiaOne. He majored in Mathematics at the National University of Singapore and went on to pursue a Masters of Management in Hospitality at the Cornell-Nanyang Institute. He owns the cake company Chalk Farm in Singapore.
In 2014, he wrote and co-published his first book, Milk Pigs & Violet Gold, with the Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, which discusses regional Philippine cuisine. The book has won two prizes, Best Book on Food at both the 33rd National Book Awards and the Pupul ning Banwa awards.
His second book, focussing on regional Burmese cuisine, 0451 Mornings are for Mont Hin Gar, was his first book published by Xochipilli. It was released in November 2015.
Publisher: Xochipilli Press
Publication Date: 2016
Size: 245 x 195mm