book cover of Not My Bowl of Rice
 

Not My Bowl of Rice

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
A coined idiom that has the same flavor as "not my cup of tea", NOT MY BOWL OF RICE is also the title of my novel about a Filipina immigrant's journey to and life in America. What is it to be a Filipina woman, daughter, friend, lover and wife in America? The answers, oftentimes complex and startling, are brought to life by the main character, Ligaya. Being a cook, her story is peppered with tidbits about Filipino and other international dishes as they relate to and build on the story unfolding. Every chapter is titled after a dish and ends with its complete recipe.

Although it features a Filipina protagonist, the novel reflects the story of everyone who has come to America in search of the proverbial milk and honey.

NOT MY BOWL OF RICE is so witty and tasty, it should come with a warning not to read if you are hungry!

Genre: General Fiction

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