While I love Southeast Asian food in general, I know almost nothing about Filipino food, so I was excited to receive The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey-From Food Blog, to Food Truck, and Beyond and learn more about it. For some reason, in the cities I’ve lived, there hasn’t been a Filipino-Town, so going to these restaurants just wasn’t on my radar. Marvin Gapultos’ book also documents his path from food blogger to food truck owner. The book features 100 recipes, including some great basics.
Layout and design:
The large-format paperback book is nicely laid out and uses decorative font only for headings, easy-to-read serif fonts for most of the body copy, and clean sans serif font just for the recipe ingredients. He begins with an Introduction, Some Useful Tools, Stocking Your Filipino Pantry, and then includes some recipe Basics used throughout the book. Chapters includes Appetizers, Vegetables and Salads, Soups Noodles and Rice, The Art of Adobo, Main Dishes, Filipino Finger Foods and Cocktails, Desserts and Sweet Snacks. I wasn’t clear why the finger foods and cocktails weren’t part of the Appetizers chapter, but otherwise it makes perfect sense.
Here are some of the recipes that intrigued me: Pineapple sweet and sour sauce, banana ketchup, oven-baked sweet potato fries, coconut milk risotto with squash and long beans, slow-braised pork belly and pineapple adobo, Filipino meatloaf (with hard-boiled eggs baked inside), and sweet corn and coconut panna cotta.
What I liked about the book:
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
Anyone wanting to explore Filipino food
Not recommended for:
Migraine sufferers, low-sodium or low-sugar diets, vegans. Some vegetarian recipes.
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.