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Saturday, May 12, 2012


The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in the region is working on producing a coffee table book to feature a compilation of distinct Davao food recipes.

Apart from promoting nutrition, the cook book aims to sell Davao as food tourism destination, NNC regional chief Teresa Ungson told the media on Monday’s weekly Kapihan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao.

Ungson explained that the book will be a fusion of different food and vegetable recipes with the distinct taste of Davao City .

“It’s only in Davao that we get a fusion of international cuisines such as French and Spanish integrated with Davao taste,” she said citing the fruits pomelo and durian to have been mixed in several food menus.

If pushed through, Ungson said the NNC project will be the first Davao cook book to be published, saying that “no cook book of Davao is found in the market.”

“We can be proud to have a cook book of our own,” she stated.

The production of the yet untitled coffee table cook book is at the level of collecting Davao international cuisines and low-cost vegetable dishes, and taking pictures of these foods.

Ungson said they are planning to invite old restaurant establishments in Davao City which have been part of the Mindanao culinary experience as well as hotels, malls and schools to support the book production and promotion.

She raised the need for sponsorships to help defray production cost which she estimated to reach P500,000 for the initial production of 200 copies of the book.

NNC also intends to present the said project to the Davao City Tourism Office for a possible partnership.                                 

The Davao cook book also aims to be part of the 75th anniversary of the city this year, Ungson stated.

NNC plans to launch and release the book next year. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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