Saturday, February 24, 2007

Berkeley Cookbook Event a Fresh Look at Filipino Cuisine

By John Birdsall
Sat, Feb 24, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Filipino cooking has been pretty much ignored by American foodies, even in the Filipino-rich Bay Area. An event tonight at Black Oak Books in the Gourmet Ghetto may help change that, thanks to an amazing new book by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan. Memories of Philippine Kitchens may do for Filipino cooking what Andrea Nguyen's Into the Vietnamese Kitchen is doing for another Southeast Asian cuisine: brushing off its immigrant, ethnic-dining associations and revealing it to be an ancient thing of striking beauty. By the way, Besa and Dorotan own the restaurant Cendrillon in Soho -- the Filipino Slanted Door, basically. Next time you're in Manhattan, leave off the lardo and risotto for an evening and check out Dorotan's signature black rice paella. Shame nobody's doing anything that good here in the Bay. Tonight's event is at 7:30 at Black Oak, 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; (510) 486-0698.

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