About the book:
The Governor-General’s Kitchen gathers interesting and little-known stories from historical sources about the Philippines’ culinary culture from 1521 to 1935. Read about the circumnavigators’ first picnic in the Philippines, efforts to stem hunger in a pioneering Spanish colony, carabao-horn spoons to maintain quiet during meals of nuns loyal to a vow of silence, banquets and balls of the well-heeled and the noble, devil’s ice, Christ’s food, seditious plottings at the King’s bakery in Intramuros, mythical pygmy Dinahon who introduced kalan and palayok, early lumpia, the origins of carinderia, and much more. The Governor-General’s Kitchen is a must-have for all who enjoy cooking, eating, and conversing about food.
Publisher: Anvil Publishing
Publication Date: 2011 (Reprint)
Size: 279.4 x 215.9 mm
About the author:
Felice Prudente Sta. Mariaboiled her first pot of rice and baked her first batch of brownies when she was seven years old. Since then, the kitchen has been a relishing adventure in tastes, aromas, flavors, culinary history, and food literature.
Her essays, feature articles, and columns about Philippine culinary arts have appeared in books and periodicals that include, among others, the first coffee-table book about Philippine cuisine,The Culinary Culture of the Philippines(1976, edited by Gilda Cordero Fernando for Bancom AudioVision). Her food writings can also be found in the Filipino Heritageseries (1978); Mabuhaymagazine (1985-1996); the daily culture-page column “Halupi” inThe Manila Times (1986-1989, alternating with Corazon S. Alvina); the Sunday opinion-page column “Pahiyas” in Philippine Star (1989-1996); Department of Tourism’s Guide to Tasting the Philippines(1993);Philippine Tatler’sGuide to the Philippines’ Best Restaurants(1994, 1995); Savor the Philippines: The Events of the 1997 Manila Gastronomic Festival(for the Asia Pacific Zone Committee of the International Wine & Food Society, 1998); the lifestyle-page column “The Joyful Cook” in Philippine Daily Inquirer (2002-2003);Comfort Food(2004, edited by Erlinda Panlilio for Anvil Publishing); The Journal of History(2005, published by Philippine National Historical Society); and Slow Food(2005, edited by Erlinda Panlilio and Felice Sta. Maria for Anvil Publishing).
Sta. Maria was invited by pioneering Philippine food anthropologist Doreen G. Fernandez to present a paper in the first lectures on the national culinary culture, Lasa: Food as Culture, in 1988. Her audiences for talks about cuisine have included Ateneo de Manila University (1990), Filipinas Heritage Foundation (2003), Sangandaan International Conference on 100 Years of Philippine-American Relations (2003), Smithsonian Institute’s Associates (2004), and Philippine National Historical Society (2005).
Sta. Maria is founding chairman and president of the International Wine & Food Society Manila Ladies Branch, and has served on the board of judges of the annual Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Award since it was started in 2002. Her writings have received the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award several times, as well as a Gintong Aklat Award, and a Ceres Alabado Award for Outstanding Literature for Children in 1998. In 2001, she was added to the prestigious roster of the SEA Write Award for ASEAN writers.
She was president (1986-1993) and vice chair for Cultural Development (1993-2000) of Metropolitan Museum of Manila, founding commissioner for Cultural Heritage at National Commission for Culture and the Arts (1992-1995), and a Commissioner to retool historical site museums for the National Centennial Commission (1993-1999). She has served on UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines as a commissioner since 1992, and has chaired its National Committee for Social and Human Sciences since 1999.