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Monday, April 10, 2006

Pinoy Cookbook Review: LUTUING PILIPINO ni Aling Charing (1969)

Lutuing Pilipino ni Aling Charing
Copyright, 1961 by Liwayway Publications
Copyright, 1969 by Rosario J. Fabian

Lutuing Pilipino is a priceless cookbook find. National Bookstore has copies, so if you still dont have this gem in your collection, go get yourself one. Its a reasonably priced cookbook (P145.00) ; I got mine from Booksale at a measly P75.00. This is the perfect cookbook for those who wish they had fantastic cooks for lolas but dont. As you browse through the thoughtful recipes with the occasional snippets of wisdom, you'll understand why Aling Charing, through Lutuing Pilipino, can be your surrogate 'lola' in the kitchen.
A few words about Aling Charing, or Rosario Fabian, and her cookbook. Some of the recipes included in the collection were submitted to Mrs Fabian by the avid followers of her column under the same title in Liwaway Magazine. The cookbook is in Tagalog/Filipino and some units of measurement boggle the contemporary non-Tagalog mind - eg. puswelo. The tone and the context are definitely pre-women's lib, nevertheless, reading the cookbook is a joy. Nevermind such profundities as: Mas kasabihang "ang pinakamabisang paraan upang malapit ang isang babae sa puso ng isang lalaki ay sa pamamagitan ng pagdudulot sa kanya ng masasarap na pagakain." Alalaong baga, kung maaakit ang puso ng naturang lalaki. Kaya mahalaga na matutong magluto ang babae.
Stick to the recipes, take the occasional archaic comments with a grain of salt, and have fun cooking.
So you'll have a good idea of the comprehensiveness of the cookbook, heres an outline of its contents:
Iba't ibang Lutuin buhat sa Karne
Ibat ibang Lutuin buhat sa Isda
Ibat ibang Lutuin buhat sa mga Lamang Dagat
Ibat ibang lutuin buhat sa Gulay
Ibat ibang lutuing may Gata at Buko
Mga di-Pangkaraniwang Lutuing Banyaga
Makaroni, "Spaghetti", Pansit
Iba't ibang Lutong Sopas
Iba't ibang Lutuin Buhat sa Itlog
Iba't ibang Uring Ensalada at Atsara
Iba't ibang Uring Salsa
Iba't ibang Lutuin Buhat sa Bigas
Mga Pagkain para sa Minandal
Mga Panghimagas, Ibat ibang Kendi
Mga Pamatid-Uhaw
Mga Kaalamang Pangkusina
Talahuluganan sa Pagluluto.

There, thats what the cookbook contains. I have yet to come across a Filipino cookbook of this 'magnitude'. More than the scope, what I truly love about this cookbook is its underlying purposive tone, to quote Aling Charing: " Isa sa mahalagang tungkulin ng babae bilang ina ng tahanan ay ang ihanda ang pagkain ng kanyang mag-anak upang mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga ito. At hindi lamang ang babaing may asawa o dalaga ang dapat matutong magluto. Bata pa lamang ay kailangang mag-aral na magluto upang maagang makatulong sa ina at bilang paghahanda na rin sa kanya sa tungkuling mapapasa-balikat niya sa hinaharap. Kaya, sinikap naming ipaliwanag sa mga payak na pananalita ito upang madaling maunawaan at masundan ng kahit na bata."


Blogger JMom said...

Aling Charings is only one of two Filipino cookbooks I own (the other is Nora Daza), and I agree, it is a treasure! It is like having a surrogate lola. She actually even sounds like my lola, down to the archaic advise. It think it is just precious :) My lola's favorite advice is to "sacrifice" sacrifice for family, for husband, for kids. Like you said, taken with a grain on salt ;-)

11:30 PM  
Blogger Theoretical Cook said...

Hi Jmom! I just bought my copy last month but already Aling Charing is part of my 'must' bedtime reading. The 'extra' tips re cooking of vegetables and meat are very helpful to the Pinoy home cook. I have to admit that I still have difficulty with some of the words used though:)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jhaw said...

mukhang magagalit ang mga feminista sa advice ni Aling Charing. ha-ha (sorry, I teach feminism in my literature class)

Kunsabagay, uso na ba ang feminist movement nnong dekada '60?

9:07 PM  
Blogger relly said...

hello, smiling to see this books, got the same as one of my Pinoy cookbooks.. i love the pancake or hotcakes recipe on that.. find it light and fluffy!

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Blogger Όstalgia said...

thanks for stopping by my posts! u got something cooking here..

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Anonymous stef said...

i LOVE aling charing. i have this particular cookbook too and still enjoy cooking from it from time to time, old and dog-eared it may be.

4:03 AM  
Blogger The 3rdWorld Stylist said...

we have that book in the province and i have my own copy now. its like Vogue for the kitchen. :)

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Blogger Henessey said...

i went to National Bookstore at Glorietta 5 today but they don't have a copy of this book.. can somebody help me find a copy coz i really need it so badly.. thanks in advance!

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