Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Sen. Imee Marcos Launches cookbook "Panakbest" at Kamuning Bakery Cafe

Senator Imee Marcos recently launched her new and first cookbook "PinakBest! Recipes from the Marcos Kitchen & More" at Pandesal Forum of 83-year-old Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City. 

"PinakBest! Recipes from the Marcos Kitchen & More"
"PinakBest! Recipes from the Marcos Kitchen & More"

Among her special guests were Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo "Fred" Pascual, legislators like Congressman Roman Romulo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Chairman and Philtrust Bank Vice-Chairman Dr. Jaime Laya, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) officials led by President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, Honorary President and Bank of Commerce Chairman Ambassador Francis Chua, Vice -President & Adviser od FFCCCII Public Information Committee Jeffrey Ng, FFCCCII Public Information Committee Chairman and also Pandesal Forum moderator Wilson Lee Flores.

Learn recipes that are not only rich in taste but also filled with heartwarming narratives as Senator Imee Marcos shares her first ever cookbook, "Pinakbest! Recipes from the Marcos Kitchen and More". The recipe book pays homage to the Marcos family's favorite dishes. FFCCCII President Dr. Lim said: " We are excited about and support this new cookbook by Senator Imee Marcos not only because she is an outstanding and progressive leader, we also support her various advocacies like this unique and interesting cookbook promoting Filipino foods".

Kamuning Bakery Pandesal Forum
Kamuning Bakery Pandesal Forum

The cookbook features traditional food that is innovated by adding ingredients according to personal tastel, as well as all-time favorite comfort foods. Senator Imee said her favorite dish is Dinengdeng, with a recipe she inherited fro her late father President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos which is different because it doesn't use "bagoong" but clams for salty flavoring.

In this cookbook, Sen. Imee Marcos shares a detailed and step-by-step procedure for creating some of their family's favorite dishes like Okoy, Dinengdeng ang Ginataang Kinilaw, which is from her parents Pres. Ferdinand Marcos and First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos' respective home provinces of Ilocos Norte and Leyte.

Aside from learning how to cook different recipes, Pinakbest also has stories, shared by Sen. Marcos herself, on how each dish give a piece of a happy memory- from Pres. Marcos frying Okoy for his frienss, First Lady Imelda Marcos waiting along the shores of Leyte for a fresh catch of fish and Sen. Imee Marcos' sons enjoying oysters while on their vacation in France.

With the foreword and additional cooking tips from the Marcoses' long-time friend and fellow Ilocana, chef Reggie Aspiras, Pinakbest is more than just a book of recipes but a memory by Sen. Imee Marcos that honors their family, tradition, close relationship and their love for food.

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