Balikbayou

AN INVENTIVE CULINARY BOOK
BY FLERINE CRYSTAL CRUZ ATIENZA

Yet to be titled, I am currently writing a book and consulting with publishers. It's as close to a nonmagical grimoire as you can get. Part cookbook, part memoir, part critical race + gender theory, the book is a chronological collection of recipes and autobiographical vignettes making visible the Filipino American diaspora manifested through food.

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Did you know Filipinos first arrived in the USA in the 1700s?
Bayou, St. Malo est. 1763 by Filipino sailors jumping ships in the Gulf to escape brutalities of the Spanish, to then meet the tumultuous pre-Antebellum South. Sprung from the roots of a common other-ness, many of these “Louisiana Manilamen” formed families with Creole and Cajun women stirring added flavor into the Bayou broth. The lost fishing village Filipino settlement was wiped out by the New Orleans hurricane of 1915, and along with it, a missing piece of American history.


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