8 Award-Winning Cookbooks to Give to Your Loved Ones this Christmas

Christmas is the perfect time to share, not only love, but love for food as well. This year, we’ve got quite a prestigious lineup, as most of our recently released cookbooks have been nominated or have won either at the National Book Awards or Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. We’re sure all moms and dads, chefs and foodies, will enjoy cooking and discovering new recipes in these books.


Modern Philippine Confections by Chef Gene Gonzalez

Looking for the perfect pasalubong? This cookbook will help you whip up your favorite confections on your own!Modern Philippine Confections features recipes to timeless, well-loved sweets from marshmallows, macarons, to truffles and more.  It is a must-have cookbook for chefs, professional or aspiring, and sweet-toothed foodies, too. It has also recently won the Innovative Category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Philippines, and will compete with other countries to claim the international title.”…a unique venture into a long neglected area of the nation’s cuisine…of a dedicated chef who not only looks to bring the unique tropical Filipino flavors to the world but who also yearns to reinterpret the national tradition of confections itself.” — Bobby Chinn, TV Host, Chef, and RestaurateurAvailable for only P195 at National Book Store branches and at anvilpublishing.com. Order here now: http://bit.ly/2iAiLwW


Feast with Me by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi

Savor the flavors of Europe and Asia’s sides of the world with Feast With Me, the first-ever (cook)book by writer, TV host, entrepreneur and chef Stephanie Zubiri Crespi. Start your day with a relaxing Parisian breakfast; indulge in flavorful Moroccan and Filipino lunch, take a quick Mediterranean merienda and munch on Spanish tapas; and bask in the company of family and friends with bucolic Italian dishes and exotic Vietnamese and Indian meals for dinner. Feast With Me is nothing short of a sumptuous feast for the senses.”Elegant, anecdotal, and deeply personal, Stephanie’s words are as sumptuous as the subjects. Yet for all is romance and luxury, Feast with Me is a practical guide to good, memorable, delightful eating. An epicurean guide to the soul!” — AA Patawaran, Lifestyle Editor, Manila Bulletin

Feast with Me is a perfect gift for the foodie and for those who would like to travel and taste the world. It is a finalist at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards under the Entertaining Category in the Philippines, and will compete with other countries for the International prize.

Available for only P895 at National Book Store branches and at anvilpublishing.com. Order here now: http://bit.ly/2BruIKI


Philippine Food, Cooking and Dining Dictionary by Edgie Polistico

From ampapagot (Cebuano for triggerfish) to ligaya (bread with red filling from Bicol) to ukuh ukuh (a Tausug dish resembling a sea urchin risotto), this dictionary gathers more than 8,000 terms relating to food ingredients, dishes, cooking styles, preparation techniques, and utensils, among others. For anyone who cooks or simply loves Filipino food, this book is a vital reference and an excellent cookbook supplement.”It takes someone with curiosity and discipline to compile the many ingredients, cooking terms, and dishes encountered as one eats the country. Edgie Polistico has done just that in his Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary. The many languages and dialects complicate the process where names are different region to region or a term doesn’t mean the same as one goes from place to place.” — Micky Fenix Makabenta, columnist, editor, and author of Country CookingThe Philippine Food, Cooking and Dining Dictionary recently won the Best Food Book Award. It is available for only P795 at National Book Store branches and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2ASCQ5Q


French Kusina by Xavier Btesh

Forget everything you’ve heard about the complicated French cuisine and step inside the French Kusina,where Chef Xavier Btesh’s delicious French and Mediterranean recipes are foolproof and easy for anyone to whip up. Learn the classic recipes of French homestyle cooking from salads and starters that will add a Frenchy twist to your meals and merienda offerings, to soups that are rich in flavor and open to a sprinkling of your favorite local ingredients. Btesh’s stew recipes will give you a taste of how varied French cuisine really is, and his meat and chicken dishes will add some oomph to your usual menu.Take our amazing local seafood and surprise your family and friends with a French-style preparation, and serve everything up with a few side dishes and sauces that will add a world of taste and even a little sexiness to your table. But beyond the wonderful flavors, one of the biggest draws of the French Kusina is how Btesh’s dishes are so uncomplicated. Each recipe’s ingredients are measured for one, so that all you have to do is multiply everything by the number of guests you are having over—which is absolutely perfect considering the fact that at its heart, French cooking is about coming together and sharing a family-style meal. It’s relaxed, simple, and open to your own personal touch.French Kusina is a Gourmand World Cookbook Award finalist under the Mediterranean category. It is available for only P595 National Book Store and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2oCUhWw


Breads, Cakes, Pastries, and More by Efren Bunquin

Breads, Cakes, Pastries, and More features baking recipes originally culled by cereal chemist and food technologist Efren G. Bunquin in his book The Golden Treasury of Baking and Candymaking. Kitchen-tested by the Center for Asian Culinary Studies and with annotations and recommendations from Chef Gene Gonzalez, recipes in this book include popular local breads such as Pan de Sal, Mamon Especial, and Ensaimada; Chinese snacks such as Hopia,
Bitso-Bitso, and Pilipit; European breads such as Pizza Italiana, Danish Croissant, and L’ Gateau Sans Rival; and many more.Breads, Cakes, Pastries, and More is a finalist at the Gourmand World Cookbook Award finalist under the Bread Category. It is available for only P525 at National Book Store and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2Bsf8yC


Coconut Kitchen: Appetizers and Main Dishes by Maria Regina Tolentino Newport

From meat to shell, Coconut Kitchen brings you many ways to make appetizers and main dishes absolutely healthy and delicious! Each recipe has been personally selected, tested and retested by the author with you, the reader and home cook, in mind. This cookbook also features coconut-based recipes from the following well-known personalities in the culinary world: Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, Norma Chikiamco, Pia Lim-Castillo, Elizabeth Ann Quirino, Ige Ramos, Beth Romualdez and Editha C. Singian.”Seldom can you find a powerhouse coconut cookbook with a wide range of tempting dishes plus authoritative information on health issues.” — Beth C. Singian

Coconut Kitchen is currently a Gourmand World Cookbook Award Finalist under the Single Subject Category. It is available for only P395 at National Book Store branches and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2yT8JwX


Bake Magic Together: 40 Recipes for the Whole Family to Make by Maya Kitchen

Bake Magic Together by The Maya Kitchen features 40 baking recipes the whole family will enjoy doing together. This baking cookbook also guides parents in how to include their kids in baking, helping kids develop not only their baking and cooking talents, but also enhance their basic yet important arithmetic, vocabulary, as well as social skills.Bake Magic Together is a finalist for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards under the Family category and Pastry category. It is available for only P295 at National Book Store and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2yRE9QC

Via Mare: 40 Years by Glenda Barretto 

A look back into Via Mare’s beginnings—from a fine-dining restaurant that it originally was, until changing dining trends led Via Mare to introduce various concepts: a Café that serves classic Filipino meals, an Oyster Bar, and a line of take-out Filipino dishes. Presently, Via Mare’s renowned catering services continue to offer iconic fine-dining experiences, rendering innovative dishes, imaginative settings, and impeccable service to big events both local and abroad.

This book is not only a celebration of Via Mare’s 40 years, but also a tribute to the woman whose vision of excellence remains constant, Via Mare’s fount of ideas and moving force—Glenda Rosales Barretto.

Via Mare was a finalist at the 36th National Book Awards under the category Best Book on Food, and is currently a finalist for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards under the Culinary History category and Chef category. It is available for only P795 at National Book Store and online at anvilpublishing.com. Order here: http://bit.ly/2oyK512