About the book
August marks the anniversary of Makisawsaw: Recipes x Ideas (edited by Mabi David and Karla Rey, listed on CNN Philippines’ “The best Filipino books of the 2010s”). Critically and commercially lauded, it wanted to offer another way of looking at our food—one that goes beyond personal preference and is shaped by economic, social, and political pressures that affect everyone. Put together after the violent dispersal of NutriAsia workers fighting for their labor rights, part of the sales of the book helped to raise bail funds in solidarity with the NutriAsia workers.
Like the inaugural book, Makisawsaw Recipes x Ideas: Community Gardens Edition continues the conversation surrounding the food we eat, in the context of solidarity with the urban poor and small farmers. Recognizing the power of food to bridge differences, and inspired by the dream of making ecological and biodiverse food gardens as common as sari-sari stores, the book features 70+ healthy, delicious, plant-based recipes that invite you to eat and act in solidarity—from the garden to the kitchen.
“Our vision for this cookbook is to advance solidarity with the urban poor and smallholder farmers during these times of precarity and hunger. In it, we connect chefs and cooks, urban poor growers, small farmers, community workers, food justice activists, and healers and restorers of many kinds.
Together, we share our collective collaboration through simple, delicious plant-based recipes, along with the stories behind them—both in what we dream, and what we demand. This book is at once founded on solidarity and community care, and is itself an emergence of it: A plurality of agents. A site of refusal and resistance.”—Introduction to the Makisawsaw Recipes x Ideas: Community Gardens Edition
List of contributors, editors, and publisher:
Nona D. Andaya-Castillo
Urban Green Communes
Worth The Health (WTH) Foods: Stephen Co, Ian Bernardo, Mc Briones