Best Cook Books for Aspiring Chefs & Foodies


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Hurray for all food lovers out there! We have picked the best cook books you can grab at National Book Store in order to join the Cook + Book Festival happening this 27th of November. It’s the first ever mini cook book and food fair event to give you a unique culinary experience with some of the best chefs in the country! If you happen to drop by Glorietta 1 between 10 am to 7 pm, head to National Book Store and join us in the #NBSCookBookFestival.

Now, let’s get started on checking out what these 4 Best-Selling Cook Books have in store for you. Whether you’re a seasoned food pro or a beginner in the kitchen, there is always the right recipe book for you. Grab any of these 4 titles and you are ready to take part in the Cook + Book Festival.

#1 – I Hate to Cook Book by the Maya Kitchen


Yes, we even have something for those with aversion to cooking! Maya, a household name for quality Filipino food ingredients, has come up with a creative cook book for those who dislike the art. This also suits those who have no time to prepare a decent meal at the end of a long day. So if you find yourself settling for take-outs or unhealthy, processed meals, then this recipe book is for you!

Here’s an interesting poem from the book:

Eat whatever you like, whenever you like, with these simple, economical, nutritious, and innovative dishes… From appetizers to desserts, prepared and cooked In a jiffy!

#2 – The Complete Guide to Baking

If you’re eyes go green with envy whenever you see bakers blog about their Pinterest-worthy cupcakes, then this cook book is for you! Yet another creation from the Maya Kitchen, this book has 101 recipes to get you started in preheating the oven and whisking eggs. We’re excited to see (and taste) what you make out of this handy recipe guide.

#3 – The Little Books by Chef Gene Gonzales


Though small in size, this collection of “little books” is loaded with prestigious recognitions. The author himself, Chef Gene Gonzales is a TOYM awardee for Culinary Arts. He is known to be the “High Priest of Philippine Nouvelle Cuisine” by Fodor’s Guide for South East Asia. So it isn’t surprising that his little books series has become a National Book Award winner by Manila’s Critics Circle.

Apart from cooking directions, what’s unique about the books is that they incorporate personal tips from Chef Gene. They are written and organized based on different food ingredients, for example:

The Little Egg Book, The Little Lumpia Book, and The Little Kakanin Book. Oh so Filipino – but definitely world class!

#4 – The New Filipino Cook Book


The Maya Kitchen presents creative variations of traditional recipes: 85 of them! It features best-loved Filipino table staples like soups, appetizers, vegetables, rice, main dishes, and even cakes and pastries! I think you can never go wrong in this one. If you’re preparing for a home-based feast among family and friends, then this cook book is definitely your go-to helper.

Check out the nearest National Book Store branch near you, and get a copy of any of these 4 best cook books to learn your way around the kitchen and to your loved one’s tummy. To top it all, it’s your entry pass to the first ever Cook + Book Festival by National Book Store.

Check out here for more details about the program and schedules. See you on November 27th!

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