The Easy Filipino Cookbook Review

The Easy Filipino Cookbook Review

Title: The Easy Filipino Cookbook: 100 Classics Made Simple
Author: Roline Casper
Published: March 24, 2020, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 188
Cover Price: $15.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

For those not familiar with Filipino food, you have missed out. It is decidedly Asian, with influences from almost everywhere. Roline Casper has introduced us to dozens of scrumptious Filipino dishes in her cookbook The Easy Filipino Cookbook: 100 Classics Made Simple. This book is excellent, and Casper has managed to capture the ambience of her country so that we can prepare the dishes at home. The only drawback to this book is that there are very few photographs, and there are so many dishes that sound good, that is quite unfortunate, since most of us want to see what we are cooking before we cook.

The dishes featured are mouthwatering, and many can be made with ingredients available at larger grocery stores. Others may require a trip to a good Asian grocery store, but most cities have at least one, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

This cookbook is well-written, and the instructions for each dish are easy to understand. Beginning cooks will have no trouble duplicating the dishes and turning out picture-perfect masterpieces that everyone will love. There is an excellent section that explains ingredients that may not be familiar to some of us, and a section explaining the influences on Filipino food from around the world. She also has suggestions on kitchen equipment, but that equipment isn’t particularly special, and most of us probably have it in our kitchens already.

Sweet & Spicy Shrimp with Garlic is already a favorite, and Casper’s version of Garlic Fried Rice is also good. Pancit dishes are fairly numerous in this book, and they the ones tried so far are delicious. Chicken Adobo, which is most likely the most famous Filipino dish is included, and her recipe is easy and good.

The Easy Filipino Cookbook includes soups, appetizers, rice and noodle dishes, and grilled dishes, as well as a few desserts. Those who already love Filipino food and for those who start cooking from this cookbook and learn that they love Filipino food, this is a must-have cookbook.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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