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October 01, 2009


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I MUST get this book! It was a little bittersweet to read your post, though - I never really knew my two Filipina grandmothers, Lala and Inang. We moved to Canada when I was 5 yrs old and I saw only Inang just once from then until she passed away. Now, as I continue on my journey to learn how to cook Filipino food, I rely on long-distance help from my mother and titas back in the Philippines.

Suman is one of my most favorite treats (well, actually anything made with sweet sticky rice) so I would love to see Mrs. Santos' recipe. As for your Pinakbet, I can't wait to try it out. Congratulations on being a part of what is undoubtedly an awesome compendium of grandmotherly cookery (even if you aren't a grandma)!

Awesome -- I remember when the blog started a few years ago and was fascinated by the concept. In fact, it's the reason why I started cooking with my grandmother and writing down her recipes. Glad to see it came out in print and that you were mentioned in it, too!

As far as calling everyone grandma, I do the same thing, too. But, that's what all us cousins call our grandmas, we just follow up with the grandma's name, like Grandma Julie (my grandma) or Grandma Virgie (my grandma's sister-in-law), etc. It's easier than trying to remember, I guess.

Anyway, after seeing that suman pic, I think I'm going to have to hit up Valerio's this weekend. It looks SO good! Yum!

You know how my family eats suman? With a mound of sugar, of course :) But next time, I might try a mango compote, just because it's awesome :)

Looking forward to this cookbook, even if the terrible Sasquatch Books official website doesn't have it in its catalog. Grandmothers just know all, ya know?

Mmmmmmmmmm Pinakbet.

My mom died before I was able to glean the fruits of her vast knowledge (I so miss her pancit, kare kare and pinakbet). This may be a must-have for me.

I miss my Grandma, she didn't really talk much, but she was funny, sarcastic and she can swear like a sailor! Puto and Kutchinta were her specialties, but i was able to learned Palitaw from her when i was in elementary.

My Mom's sister in Bulacan makes some really good suman. One of these days I'll get a copy of her recipes.

Before i devour piles of suman, my favorite thing to do is to roll them over grated coconut and brown sugar. Or, pan-frying a suman till it forms a light crust and then eat it with a ripe mango. Try it out, it's good for you *grin*

Oh, this book looks lovely. I think I've discovered a holiday gift for some friends and family. This exemplifies the notion that food is love. Thanks for featuring this!!

I am interested to get this cookbook. Pat actually asked me to contribute when she first started writing but I didn't because I wanted to save them for my future cookbook, if any.

BTW, my mother used to make a similar thing but inside the sticky rice, there is a banana.

Oh, man. I have GOT to buy this book. We have something in Thailand that's very similar to Suman as well. The most popular version has cooked black beans mixed in with the sticky rice and banana filling.

Hi Marvin - I am making a quick stop by your blog to congratulate you on the nomination for Most Humorous. Oh, you definitely deserve this, good luck!
I'll be back later...

Waw those suman pictures are mouth-watering!

I didn't grow up with grandparents in America, appreciating them is very keen of you

Have a good day,


Suman is a classic in our family we love eating it with some freshly grated coconut, sesame seeds and sugar!! This book's really great!

Excellent review, I will check the book out!

This looks like a fanastic book. I think my Mom would really appreciate it. Thanks for the write-up on it.

I'm definitely getting a copy of this book.

its a great read!!! must have!!

Hi Tangled Noodle. Long-distance help is all many of us rely on, including myself. And do pick up the book if you can, it's loaded with great recipes!

Hi Lorena. That's great that you cook with your grandma and write the recipes down. It's something that I think everyone should do if they have the opportunity. And why hit up Valerio's? Make it yourself!

Oooh, mango compote sounds delish, Manggy! Though, I'd stop short of the mound of sugar;)

It is a must have, darleene!

A grandma that curses like a sailor, Mike? That sounds like my kind of gal! And pan frying suman sounds awesome. I will definitely try that.

No prob, wasabi prime. I'm sure the book will make for a wonderful gift.

Hi Rasa. I hope to read your cookbook someday. I know it will happen soon!

Hi Leela! Mmmm, banana and black beans sound like great additions.

Thanks LL! Congrats to you too!

Thanks Yelo.

Hi dhanggit. I guess I've been missing out on all the extra toppings all this time. I usually just eat suman plain.

Thanks Newmicon.

No prob, pleasurepalate. Your mother will surely find some great recipes in this book.

It's worth it, Cynthia!

Thanks 3hungrytummies.

THANK YOU, Marvin for blogging about my book and to everyone and their well wishes.
Now, I'm waiting with anticipation for Marvin's cookbook :).

I love suman! My mom makes a wicked suman sa gata, there's nothing in the world like it (of course because my mom makes it ;-). My grandma always makes suman sa ibos during special holidays like christmas and fiesta. It's her special breakfast treat and it's probably one of the things I miss the most about the Philippines. Suman sa ibos and suman sa gata are essentially the same things except they use different wrappers suman sa gata is wrapped in banana leaves and suman sa ibos uses young coconut leaves.

I have to get a copy of this book.

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