Book Launch: Maria Regina Tolentino Newport’s “Coconut Kitchen: Discovering the Secret of Coconuts” at National Book Store on October 14

Congratulations to Maria Regina “Regee” Tolentino Newport, founder and first president of the Culinary Historians of the Philippines (CHOP), who will celebrate the launch of her first book, Coconut Kitchen: Appetizers and Main Dishes, at National Book Store, Glorietta 1, Makati, Philippines, on October 14, 2017.

Coconut Kitchen, a cookbook made for the home cook, contains basic information on the coconut – highlighting its health benefits, the many products made from it, and how they can be used in cooking. It also gives provides more than 60 recipes of appetizers and main dishes from a wide variety of ingredients such as vegetables, seafood, meat, poultry, sauces and salad dressings, each using one or more coconut products.

Newport also features coconut-based recipes from the following well-known personalities in the culinary world: Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, Norma Chikiamco, Pia Lim-Castillo, Elizabeth Ann Quirino, Ige Ramos, Beth Romualdez, and Editha C. Singian.

Newport is a Cordon Bleu graduate (summa cum laude) of the Orlando Culinary Academy in Florida. She founded and served as the first president of CHOP, a Manila-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, preservation, and promotion of the culinary heritage of the Philippines. She divides her time between Manila and Washington, D.C.

Coconut Kitchen: Appetizers and Main Dishes will be available in the Philippines for P395.00 at all branches of National Book Store and Powerbooks Store starting October 14, 2017. It is available online at

About Anvil Publishing
Anvil Publishing, Inc. is an eleven-time Publisher of the Year awardee by the Manila Critics Circle, and one of the country’s biggest general trade book publisher with titles spanning the broad rays of Filipino life: business, cookery, leisure, lifestyle, fiction, self-help, reference, and children’s.


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