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Filipino recipes from the the creator of the legendary Eggslut in LA, host of the hit online series The Burger Show, and the most prominent Filipino chef in the US. Alvin Cailan has risen to become arguably the most high-profile chef in America's Filipino food movement. He took the food scene by storm when he opened the now-legendary Eggslut in Los Angeles, a foodie cult f Filipino recipes from the the creator of the legendary Eggslut in LA, host of the hit online series The Burger Show, and the most prominent Filipino chef in the US. Alvin Cailan has risen to become arguably the most high-profile chef in America's Filipino food movement. He took the food scene by storm when he opened the now-legendary Eggslut in Los Angeles, a foodie cult favorite specializing in affordable but sophisticated egg sandwiches. Alvin is now based in New York City, where his latest critically acclaimed restaurant is The Usual. Alvin also hosts the popular The Burger Show on First We Feast's YouTube channel, with many episodes exceeding 1 million views and guests such as Seth Rogen and Padma Lakshmi. Alvin's story of success, however, is an unlikely one. He emerged from his youth spent as part of an immigrant family in East LA feeling like he wasn't Filipino enough to be Filipino and not American enough to be an American, thus amboy, the term for a Filipino raised in America. He had to first overcome cultural traditions and family expectations to find his own path to success, and this unique cookbook tells that story through his recipes.


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Filipino recipes from the the creator of the legendary Eggslut in LA, host of the hit online series The Burger Show, and the most prominent Filipino chef in the US. Alvin Cailan has risen to become arguably the most high-profile chef in America's Filipino food movement. He took the food scene by storm when he opened the now-legendary Eggslut in Los Angeles, a foodie cult f Filipino recipes from the the creator of the legendary Eggslut in LA, host of the hit online series The Burger Show, and the most prominent Filipino chef in the US. Alvin Cailan has risen to become arguably the most high-profile chef in America's Filipino food movement. He took the food scene by storm when he opened the now-legendary Eggslut in Los Angeles, a foodie cult favorite specializing in affordable but sophisticated egg sandwiches. Alvin is now based in New York City, where his latest critically acclaimed restaurant is The Usual. Alvin also hosts the popular The Burger Show on First We Feast's YouTube channel, with many episodes exceeding 1 million views and guests such as Seth Rogen and Padma Lakshmi. Alvin's story of success, however, is an unlikely one. He emerged from his youth spent as part of an immigrant family in East LA feeling like he wasn't Filipino enough to be Filipino and not American enough to be an American, thus amboy, the term for a Filipino raised in America. He had to first overcome cultural traditions and family expectations to find his own path to success, and this unique cookbook tells that story through his recipes.

48 review for Amboy: Recipes from the Filipino-American Dream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whatsupdate

    OMG this is the most amazing cookbook of all time!!! I never thought I’d binge read a cookbook, like a thriller novel turning page after page anxiously to see what is next...but that is exactly what happened. Like every page was a new OH WOW moment for me. I should have prefaced this to say I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to learn to cook Filipino foods, but even beyond that he has included so much more...sauces...stocks everything. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book. OMG this is the most amazing cookbook of all time!!! I never thought I’d binge read a cookbook, like a thriller novel turning page after page anxiously to see what is next...but that is exactly what happened. Like every page was a new OH WOW moment for me. I should have prefaced this to say I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to learn to cook Filipino foods, but even beyond that he has included so much more...sauces...stocks everything. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book. Everything about this from his story to the recipe comes across as honest and sincere. A guy who has a remarkable story and a genuine love of food and wants to share those truths with you in a way you can actually use. As a for instance he starts with his personal technique for cooking the perfect Jasmine rice without a rice cooker. A lot of people might say “I already know how to cook rice” but it is the foundation on which every recipe is built, so he makes sure you know how to do it right. It’s just one example of how he really explains to the home cooks of the world exactly what they need to do for success. He gives brand names he recommends for the ingredients some readers might not be familiar with which is a true rarity in cookbooks, and a real life saver...you might be able to relate if you’ve ever been overwhelmed by all the choices in an Asian grocery store. The photography is so warm and soothing, taken with a real shallow depth of focus and well lit, they are every bit as beautiful as you might expect from a restauranteur who holds the distinction of possibly having created the most instagrammed foods of all time. It feels like a warm soothing dream of comfort foods, which is in a way what this book is all about. And something else that’s remarkable, is there is no ego here. In a day and age when so many celebrity chefs are raging balls of ego, it is so refreshing to find a chef that is just sincerely sharing his love of food and sharing the love for the people who inspired his food love. If you have any interest at all in cooking Filipino food I can categorically tell you this is the best cookbook to get, I have purchased and tried just about every one Amazon sells, and although I have not cooked the recipes from this book yet I can tell from reading them this one is really special. And as a side note, do you know how many Filipino cook books don’t even include a recipe for pan de sal? This may be the only one I’ve found that actually includes it. If there is any justice this cookbook will be an award winning best seller. I will update this review as I cook the recipes, but I have never been so enthusiastic about getting started trying all the recipes in a new cookbook. And Alvin if you happen to read this I want to thank you personally for this. The most special person in my life is Filipina and the food love you shared from your family will be loved and cherished by ours. Much love to you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jarod

    While some cookbooks are just a list of recipes, Amboy sets the example by having a lot of interviews and introspections of Alvin Cailan. His journey from a young SoCal boy to a celebrity chef is impressive and tied well to the featured recipes. My only complaint is that I would have liked more pictures to go along with each recipe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nick Salenga

    This is a great book that is story of climb to self-discovery & success as told through greatest cultural unifier of good food. This is a great book that is story of climb to self-discovery & success as told through greatest cultural unifier of good food.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    Beautiful cookbook. I want to make the beet-cured hard-cooked eggs among other things.

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