For over 25 years, I have been cooking Filipino and Asian dishes almost every day. This blog is all about sharing with you what I’ve been cooking throughout my life.
When I moved to America over 20 years ago, my Dad worried a lot about my well-being in a foreign country.
My name is Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino and I live on the east coast with my husband, Elpidio P. Quirino and our sons Timothy and Constante. Before we moved, I assured my father I was going to be fine because Mom taught me how to cook. Cooking was what I knew best. It was one of my best coping mechanisms.
And this is what this blog is all about… to share with you my Filipino & Asian recipes and how I find a way to cook these dishes in my American kitchen everyday. Come on and grab a seat, and enjoy my culinary adventures!
I am Elizabeth Ann Quirino, food and recipe blogger of this site “ Asian In America”, a history book author, award-winning journalist, food writer, correspondent, columnist, social media influencer, former ad agency copywriter and college instructor.
Through the years, spanning two continents, I have combined my passions, writing and cooking. I am a contributor to various publications : Positively Filipino, FOOD Magazine (by ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.), Sans Rival Magalogue, QuirkDIY (Quirk Books). I am a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the Culinary Historians of the Philippines (CHOP).
In between, I’ve managed to pick up some awards for my food writing:
Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” ; First Prize, the Plaridel Awards II from the Philippine American Press Club in San Francisco, CA; and my essay “ A Hundred Mangoes In A Bottle” won in the Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Essay Awards and published in ‘Savor the Word’, a book of prize winning essays.
I learned how to cook as soon as I was tall enough to reach the kitchen counter from recipes my mom taught me, which came from generations before her. I grew up in Tarlac, right next to Pampanga, the province known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. Early on, my family’s love for Kapampangan cuisine became the benchmark for me in the kitchen.
Currently, I am deep in the trenches, writing a cookbook on Philippine cooking which I will publish soon. And together with my husband, Elpi Quirino and our son, Constante, we wrote “Statesman and Survivor Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines, a book of historical quotes of the late President Quirino. On a lighter note and to share my artistic side with readers, I just published a culinary coloring book ” COLOR and COOK Food Coloring Book, Asian-Filipino Food” with over 20 original hand drawings I created.
I live on the east coast and travel regularly between the USA, the Philippines, Asia and Europe in search of gastronomic adventures. I enthrall my readers with stories about cuisine, culture and the inspiring personalities behind them.