Filipino cookbook emerges as first runner-up in London book awards

Even a book that features a piece of the Filipino culture is championing the country in the international stage.

After a Filipino teen won the Young Chef of the Year Award in Scotland, a Filipino cookbook emerged as the first runner-up in the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards in London.

The Philippines is indeed on a roll internationally!

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The winning book entitled “The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe” which was edited by Filipino author Jacqueline Chio-Lauri was hailed as among the best under the Home Category of highly-prestigious book awards.

According to a report, the book’s commendation is a great follow up for its successful worldwide release last year.

“To stand out in a crowd of hundreds of thousands of books published is an incredible feat,” Lauri said.

She added that the Filipino book’s achievement is a “proof that if we work together, we make a bigger impact.”

The book features Filipino cuisine and culture and tells more than 30 personal stories and recipes from chefs, home cooks, and writers from Filipino diaspora.

Image by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri via Facebook

“The book is a labor of love by many migrant Filipinos from around the globe,” the author furthered.

Se continued, “Each award or achievement the book garners is great light shining on Filipino food and the Filipino people.”

Those who contributed on the book include White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Bocuse d’Or Europe 2018 winner Christian Andre Pettersend, Master Chef New Zealand 2015 runner-up Leo Fernandez, five-time Palanca winner and poet Francis Macansantos, and acclaimed Foof Buddha Rodelio Aglibot.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo stated that “the book underscores the important contributions Philippine cuisine has made in the rich culinary tradition of the world.”