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18 May 2008

Ang alamat ng Adobo Book at adobongblog

It's strange that I did not post anything about the book that gave me the inspiration to make this blog and this blog's humble beginnings, so here goes.

I was able to get a copy of the Adobo Book from the Book Fair last year. Actually, it was advertised in the Yummy Magazine and I thought it would be a great read. Not that I'm reading Yummy Magazine... actually I look at the photos 75% of the time and when I find something I like, I read on ... which is most of the time, so I'm reading it most of the time (scratches head)... oh well. (clears throat)

Going back to my story, when I accompanied my wife who buys books for the school library where she works, I immediately made my search for the Adobo Book. I started reading as soon as I got hold of it. It is primarily a recipe book on how adobo is prepared by families and by different regions of the Philippines (you'll be amazed at the variety!), but there are also excerpts and anecdotes on how adobo has become part of Filipino life. Quite an entertaining and educational book!

When I decided to start this blog, I wrote the publisher of the book and asked for permission to cook the featured adobos and blog about it. The publisher agreed. And then I found that I really do not have much time to cook because I travel in the weekends and I'm busy at the office during weekdays. So I decided to write about Filipino food in general.

I cooked adobo twice actually when I was about to start this blog. But in those two attempts, my cooking was nowhere near the result of my friends' and family's. Adobo, for me, looks like it's such an easy recipe (people I know even approximate the quantities but end up with delicious results!) but I don't know why, for the life of me, my adobo didn't turn out the way I want it to be.

But the Adobo Book is still my companion. I jump to a random page occasionally and read. Not exactly a picture book, but a joy to read nevertheless.

The Adobo Book
By Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Nancy Reyes-Lumen
Edition: 2004
Book size: 14.6 x 22.2 cm.
Book type: bookpaper
Number of Pages: 232
ISBN 971-27-15604 or 971-27-15485
Published by Anvil Publishing
Available at National Bookstore