Jun 19, 2024

August 16, 2023 – A sequel to the acclaimed anthology cookbook The New Filipino Kitchen is now out, and it includes a recipe with a story to tell by Canadian Filipino chef-instructor Helen Orimaco-Pumatong.

The book titled We Cook Filipino features inspiring stories and heart-healthy recipes from 36 food personalities and award-winning chefs the world over, showing that Filipino cuisine need not be cholesterol and sugar-laden.

Orimaco-Pumatong, an instructor at the Vancouver Community College, tells the story of how a trip back to the Philippines for her grandmother's funeral led to unexpected happiness, and shares her aromatic and healthy version of ensaladang mangga at hipon (mango and prawn salad).


Compiled and edited by Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, We Cook Filipino provides tips and techniques to balance flavor and heart-health in Filipino dishes. Like the original anthology, it tells the stories of over 50 recipes that are not just "from the heart” but are also "good for the heart.”

Orimaco-Pumatong is joined in this gastronomic anthology by several renowned Filipino award-winning chefs like James Beard 2023 awardee pastry chef Margarita Manzke of Los Angeles, California; two-time Michelin Star awardee Roger Asakil Joya of Norway; and James Beard finalist Carlo Lamagna of Portland, Oregon, who shares his healthy take on the street food favorite tokneneng (orange-coated egg).

We Cook Filipino is available online through www.tuttlepublishing.com or click here to order.

About the Author
Rachel Ramos-Reid started writing for magazines and newspapers when she was still a junior at the University of the Philippines’ Communication degree program majoring in Journalism. She continued to write in a public relations/corporate communications capacity in various private and government offices until moving out of the country in 1997 to work as Programme Officer for the arts and culture branch of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-SPAFA) in Bangkok, Thailand. At the end of her term, Rachel found herself immigrating to Canada in the year 2000 and again searching for new beginnings. Currently she is the Executive Assistant to a small rural college on Vancouver Island.

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