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The forthcoming anthology, The Migrant Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes that Bring Us Home, is a colorful fusion of personal real-life stories of overseas Filipino chefs, restaurateurs and foodies around the globe. The tales are told using a traditional Filipino dish to access memories of family, culture and emotions. Each story includes a recipe from the contributor bringing the original dish up to the next level - a level that makes it accessible to a wider international audience.

The book offers both culinary and life inspirations, serving as an eye-opener to Philippine culture and cuisine. THE MIGRANT FILIPINO KITCHEN gives its readers an experience of what Filipino food is truly about. The combination of personal stories and recipes build memorability and appreciation for Filipino food.

The recipes compiled in the book are easy to follow and the ingredients widely available anywhere in the world.

ABOUT THE EDITOR                                                                



She started her career in the food industry as a restaurateur. She got involved in planning, opening and operating several restaurants for EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, Philippines and Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Dubai. While working at Sheraton Dubai, Jacqueline organized and ran a well-received Filipino Food Promotion at the hotel’s seafood restaurant.She was one of the five young women professionals featured in Emirates Woman Magazine in a Special Report on Why the Future is Female.

After more than eight years in the food and beverage business, Jacqueline shifted to Sales and Marketing. She became Business Development Specialist and Advertising Consultant for three years at an international trade publication in Norway. Her experience in marketing includes marketing a book compilation, which reached rank # 1 on Amazon’s Kindle Bestselling List in its book category.

For over five years, Jacqueline built a career as a multi-industry ghostwriter, copywriter and copyeditor, penning ebooks and marketing materials for more than 50 clients around the world. Spurred by feedback on her writing, Jacqueline forged ahead into creative writing. Her stories are published in anthologies/compilations such as Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her short memoir, “Good for One”, won the memoir writing competition at and was published in the anthology, “Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road.” The book won an award for anthologies and book compilations at the New England, LA and Great Northwest Book Festivals and rose to Rank#1 & Rank #11 on Kindle Bestselling List for writing skills and memoir respectively.

For now, she lives in Norway with her only husband, son and cat.

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A flaming desire to see Filipino cuisine break into the global mainstream, enhanced by her love for food, writing and marketing, propelled Jacqueline to cook up the idea for My Food Beginnings. 

Born and raised in the Philippines,Jacqueline Lauri earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and  Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines and Executive Level MBA certificates in Business and Marketing from Cornell University’s eCornell.