A is for Adobo, B is for Bagoong…


Are you:

(a) looking for a children’s present?
(b) a foodie?
(c) teaching any children about the alphabet?
(d) looking for ways to introduce Filipino food to children (or adults, come to think of it)?
(e) looking for ways to introduce the Filipino language to children (or adults again, come to think of it)?

If you picked any of the choices above, I’ve got just the book for you! It’s called “A for Adobo: An Alphabet Book of Filipino Food” by Tahanan Books.

A for Adobo is a great book for kids! 

From A to Z, the reader is taken into the world of Pinoy cuisine. The pictures are wonderful. I just want to grab a spoon and dig into that bowl of adobo. Mmmmm. A is for Ayayay…


G is for Ginataan 

Each letter comes with a description of the dish in English and Filipino. What a great way to learn about and brush up on the language! I like that it will give my toddler a better appreciation and understanding of Filipino. Given this, doesn’t this also make a great present for little ones living outside the Philippines? My sister seemed to think so. She got these books as presents for our little cousins living in the U.S.


Timmy the reader 

My toddler loves this book. I think he enjoys seeing the food that he eats pictured in the book. The pages are also sturdy enough for a toddler to flip through them. He likes the letter M. Can you guess what food is pictured in M?

When the toddler’s reading other books, I take my turn reading this book. The letter Y is my favorite. Y is for Yummy! Y is for Yahoo! Y is for Yema! That piece of yema is practically jumping out of the book, wanting to be eaten. Or maybe that’s my sweet tooth talking.


Y for Yummy Yema 

I bought my copy of “A for Adobo” by Nelson Agustin and Tahanan Books from National Bookstore. It cost around P295. When looking for this in bookstores, check out the children’s section AND the cookbook section. I found my copy at the kids’ area but my sister found hers among the cookbooks. Well it is a book that’s about food and learning the alphabet…

This book gets an A from me and Timmy. A is for Awesome! It gets an N as well. N is for Nakakagutom (in English: It makes you darn hungry!). So here’s a warning: Don’t read this book on an empty stomach. 😉 And now to find myself a bowl of pork and chicken adobo. M is for Mmmmmmmm.

Want to learn more? Check out:
Tahanan Books’ Facebook page
Tahanan Books for Young Readers website
Tahanan Books Twitter

11 Comments on A is for Adobo, B is for Bagoong…

  1. idz
    May 23, 2011 at 11:35 am (10 years ago)

    Hi! Thanks for sharing. I’ll check for that book at NBS Festival Mall.

  2. mariqia
    May 23, 2011 at 11:46 am (10 years ago)

    That book seems fun..:)
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  3. witsandnuts
    May 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm (10 years ago)

    Uy, magandang pangregalo yan. I’ll check that sa susunod na uwi ko dyan.

  4. upto6only
    May 24, 2011 at 12:50 am (10 years ago)

    agree nakakagutom nga sya imagine ang laki ng pics and parang tutuo na yung mga pagkain.

  5. Anne
    May 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm (10 years ago)

    This is a great idea to learn Filipino with English and vice versa. Gotta check this book on National Bookstore. womens health questions

  6. Nenette
    May 25, 2011 at 7:50 am (10 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Toni! My kids would enjoy this too.
    This would be the perfect book for us to review and showcase in our next issue of Filipino Parent of Winnipeg. :)
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  7. ruth
    May 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm (10 years ago)

    Nice to be back, nice to see back the wifely steps ammmm miss that adorable baby tim.great idea filipino alpabet.

  8. Kay
    May 28, 2011 at 10:31 am (10 years ago)

    And I have yet to add another book to my list of “to acquire books” hahaha! thanks Toni!
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  9. Margarita
    June 6, 2011 at 12:37 am (10 years ago)

    Hi Toni! thanks for visiting my site. You have a nice blog… I’l be following you. :) And i’ll be looking up for this book,looks fun and interesting pinoy na pinoy.
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