Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator
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.

 Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator

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.
 Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator


Nearly every recipe features a full-color photograph by the author, offering insight to the delicious finished recipes. He did an excellent job of showcasing the natural beauty of Filipino food.
 Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator


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.
 Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator

What I liked about the book:

Beautiful photos, interesting and informative head notes about the history of each recipes, easy-to-follow instructions. His love of the food shines through.
 Review: The Adobo Road Cookbook | Recipe Renovator

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.

Recommended for:

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.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on Setpember 26th.
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