Saturday, July 23, 2016

Regine Velasquez Launches Her Very Own Cookbook, Bongga sa Kusina: Recipes From Sarap Diva

Regine Velasquez may be known for her amazing voice, but little do people know that she's also passionate about entertaining her family and friends in the kitchen. This passion led Regine to start hosting Sarap Diva in 2012, where she shares with viewers personal recipes and heirloom concoctions by Regine, Chef Jonah, and a number of her celebrity guests. - all while having entertaining exchanges between Regine and her guests. 

The show inspired Regine to release her very own cookbook Bongga Sa Kusina: Recipes from Sarap Diva. The book features 48 delicious and practical recipes ranging from soups, seafood, poultry, meat, vegetables, pasta, and desserts that have been featured in Sarap Diva.

"Regine has always said in interviews that the reason she wanted to learn how to cook was to impress me," says her loving husbard Ogie Alcasid. "She has always been blessed with an amazing palate, but I didn't realize it would result in her venturing into culinary arts."

I got my hands on a copy of the book and the pages are just beautiful. I can't wait to start cooking!

Regine still has that amazing voice that got her dubbed as Asia's Songbird during peak of her musical career as she serenaded her fans during the official launch of her cookbook at Eastwood Mall last July 17, 2016. Here's a video clip of her performance by

Here's how Regine entertains her viewers in Sarap Diva if you're not familiar with the show. Heart Evangelista-Escudero's Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta is one of the many recipes that is part of Regine's cookbook Bongga sa Kusina. You can opt to follow along as you whip up a batch yourself! 

One of the first dishes that Regine whipped up in the kitchen was pasta, Puttanesca to be specific because it was easy. At the beginning, she was just experimenting in the kitchen where, she admits, some of the dishes had to make their way to the trash bin. Eventually, she started to develop her cooking skills and started to make dishes that were not only edible, but delicious as well. 

 "Cooking is like singing. You can sing someone else's song and make it your own." says Regine on her introduction. She wants the cookbook to serve as an inspiration that her fans can use in the kitchen - where they can go by the book or make their own version. 

Some of her favorite recipes from the book are Michelle Van Eimeren-Morrow's Hainanese Chicken and Alessandra de Rossi's Veal Osso Buco. Don't worry if these dishes sound complicated, as Chef Jonah Trinidad and Regine made sure that the instructions are simple and easy to follow. 

Bongga Sa Kusina: Recipes From Sarap Diva is published by Summit Books in partnership with GMA and co-presented by PLDT Home. 

You can grab your very own copy from newsstands, supermarkets, convenience stores, and bookstores nationwide. For only Php 395, you get to cook some of the best recipes that Regine and her celebrity guests has featured on Sarap Diva.

I'll test out a few recipes soon and share a review of the recipes on the blog so stay tuned! 

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