I'm excited to announce that "A Fair Face", an excerpt from my novel-in progress, People We Trust, appears in the Beauty issue of WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, published by the Feminist Press at CUNY. Since the issue's theme is "Beauty", my piece is about a local beauty queen in Baguio who joins the Communist New People's Army and returns home to give birth. I also write about the insidiousness of western standards of beauty in former colonies such as the Philippines, and how Filipinos look for traces of their old colonial masters in their bodies. Since WSQ is an academic journal, the issue where my excerpt appears is available on academic databases such as Project Muse, so if you're university-affiliated, you can access it for free! Clicks for full-access to the issue and piece help generate needed revenues for the journal, which I think is important since WSQ accomplishes so much important work in the field of Women's Studies. Otherwise, if you want to own a physical copy, you can order the journal here.
I am pleased to announce that my late father and I have recipes accompanied by essays about cooking, home, and family, in THE NEW FILIPINO KITCHEN, published in the U.S. by Agate Surrey, with a foreword by John Birdsall. This is probably the first Filipino cookbook of its kind, showcasing not only our cuisine but also the very personal stories behind these recipes. My own essay in this book is about how my father expressed his love for his family through his cooking, accompanied by my father's pancit recipe. My father's essay is about how he learned to cook during the early years of Martial Law, which included lessons from a former cook of the Communist New People's Army, and is accompanied by his amazing dinengdeng recipe. Featured too in this anthology/cookbook are former White House chef Cris Comerford and MasterChef New Zealand finalist Leo Fernandez, among other acclaimed Filipino chefs and writers. The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon, and is currently the #1 New Release in Pacific Rim cooking, food and wine! Pre-orders will help boost our sales ranking and drum up publicity for this very important project, so if you can, please pre-order! You can do so here.