Káin Ná! An Illustrated Guide to Philippine Food
Filipino food is the summary of Filipino history—from the indigenous food of the prehistoric era, to the influences of Asian cooking generated by trade, and the Colonial influences brought on by conquest. Yet for all its richness and diversity, little is known beyond dishes like adobo, sinigang, lechon. Kain Na! aims to change that.
The first illustrated tome of its kind contains essential information on Philippine food and eating habits. Káin Ná! (which means “let’s eat!”) is a warm invitation to the country’s communal dining table and into its regional kitchens. It is divided into 12 chapters, Almusál (breakfast), Lútong Báhay (home cooking), Meryénda (afternoon delights), Lútong Kalsáda (street food), Paghimágas (desserts), Pulútan (bar chow), Pang-Pistá (festival food), Inúmin (beverages), Sa Panaderyá (bakery finds), Kakanín (rice treats), Sawsáwan (dipping sauces), and a section on ingredients key to the Filipino larder.
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Publisher: RPD Publications
Publication Date: August 2019
Size: 203.2 x 203.2 mm.
Felice Prudente Sta. Maria is a pioneer of Philippine culinary history. She uses a polychromic and multidisciplinary framework for establishing culinary history with a focus on the period of 1516 to 1949. The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Recipes, 1521-1935 (Anvil Publishing, 2006 and 201) and What Kids Should Know About Philippine Food (Adarna Books, 2016) are among her popular works. Her writings about Philippine culture over four decades have been awarded both nationally and internationally. In the 1980s she received the first Kalakbay Award from the Philippine Department of Tourism in the Domestic Resident Travel Writer category. In 2001, she was added to the SEA Write Award roster, considered the highest accolade for ASEAN authors. Maria continues to speak on the value of culinary history for tourism to professional and academic audiences.
Bryan Koh released his first book, Milk Pigs & Violet Gold: Philippine Cookery in 2014. It won the Best Food Book Award at the Philippine National Book Awards that year. His second book, 0451 Mornings are for Mont Hin Gar: Burmese Food Stories won third place in the Best Asian Cookbook category at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2016. Milk Pigs’ second, enriched, edition, entitled Milkier Pigs & Violet Gold, was nominated for Best Travel Food Book at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2017. He released his third book, Bekwoh, on the cuisine of Peninsular Malaysia’s East Coast, in 2018. Bryan majored in Mathematics at the National University of Singapore and has a Masters in Management Hospitality from Cornell University. He lives in Singapore and is co-owner of cake companies Chalk Farm and Milk Moons.
About the illustrator:
Mariel Ylagan Garcia is an illustrator/painter based in the Philippines who specializes in watercolor and oil painting. Realizing her artistic skills at 10, her love and passion for the creative medium became key drivers to pursuing that journey full time, beginning with finishing Multimedia Arts at Malayan Colleges Laguna in 2015. Most of her works are inspired by botanical and female figures. Mariel is a member of the Kapisanan ng mga Pintor sa Pilipinas at iba pang Sining. Inc. (KPP) and Space 4026 where she explores, shares and exhibits her art. In 2014, she started an internship at Ayala Museum wherein she designed event posters, organized exhibits and assisted art workshops. Mariel continues to paint and now exhibits around the Metro.