Back when I was a college freshman, it had become a habit of mine to peruse books from my aunt’s kitchen shelves on weekends. After being fed delicious dishes whipped up by Ate Uma and Ate Daisy, my aunt’s housekeepers, I would sit in the dining room scanning various cookbooks and food books. I’d take out a book or two to browse leisurely as I nibbled whatever was left on the dining table after a meal. It was one of those lazy weekends when I discovered Doreen Fernandez‘s essays on Philippine Food.
Unfortunately, this amazing woman is no longer with us having died of pneumonia in 2002. It was a great loss not only for Philippine’s culinary world but the literary world as well. However, her legacy lives on. Which is why I want to share this with you. I hadn’t known that there was a Food Writing Award organized in her honor until I decided to read about her again just yesterday.
For the foodies and writers out there, how about joining the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Writing Contest 2012? More than winning prizes, it’s a great opportunity to contribute to the growing literature on Philippine culinaria and to refresh your cultural, gastronomic and personal memories. Below are the details about the contest which I reposted from DGF Awards Facebook Account (see link):
In her essay “Inside Information: A Tribute to Mothers” (Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture, Anvil Publishing, 1994), Doreen G. Fernandez detailed a recipe each from four cookbooks she considered “delicious records of our familial culture, and documents of mother-love and woman-power”—all of them sweet: Enriqueta David Perez’s Pinipig Ice Cream, Sofia R. de Veyra and Maria Paz Z. de Mascunana’s Honey Mousse, Pura Villanueva Kalaw’s Jalea de Calabaza and Purita Kalaw Ledesma’s Corn Alupi (native corn pudding).