In my opinion, the Philippine cookbook section is lacking & limited. My only consolation is that at least I knew one of the authors, the late Reynaldo "Ronnie" Alejandro.
This is perhaps my favorite part of the store because its the most sentimental. This is the children's book area and the chair you see belonged to her landlord's editor/mother. This was one of her reading chairs. This children's reading table and chair belonged to the landlord's grandmother. Three generations represented in this store, you have to love that.
I asked to see one of her rare cookbooks and Bonnie so generously showed me this well loved and annotated book from 1867, The Home Manual on the Economical Cook and House-Book: Hints on the Daily Life of a Housekeeper.
The previous owner writes on the subject of Venizon on Blazer - "It seems to me that Cook Books impart very little information on above subject and families which can boil a hasty pudding tolerably well are equally devoid of the information on the subject alluded to in the caption..." and then ends it with this, "The holocaust of animals upon pagan altars is quite as pardonable as the sacrifice & waste occasioned by incompetent housekeepers."