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Maria Regina “Regee” Tolentino Newport, founder and first president of the Culinary Historians of the Philippines (CHOP), launches her first book, Coconut Kitchen: Appetizers and Main Dishes, at National Book Store Glorietta 1 last October 14, 2017.

Coconut Kitchen by Maria Regina Tolentino Newport

Coconut Kitchen, a cookbook made for the home cook, contains basic information on the coconut – highlighting its health benefits, the many products made from it, and how they can be used in cooking. It also gives us more than 60 recipes of appetizers and main dishes from a wide variety of ingredients such as vegetables, seafood, meat, poultry, sauces and salad dressings, each using one or more coconut products.

Newport 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.

Newport is a Cordon Bleu graduate (summa cum laude) of the Orlando Culinary Academy in Florida. She founded and served as the first president of the CHOP, a Manila-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, preservation, and promotion of the culinary heritage of the Philippines. She divides her time between Manila and Washington, D.C.

Coconut Kitchen: Appetizers and Main Dishes will be available for P395 at National Book Store and Powerbooks Store branches starting October 14, 2017. It is available online at www.anvilpublishing.com. International delivery is available.

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