Yasmin Newman – 7,000 islands: A portrait of the Philippines

Despite the Philippines’ location right in the middle of Southeast Asia, most people know very little about the country and even less about the cuisine. For Filipinos, food is more than a pleasurable pursuit; it is the cultural language of the Philippines. The people use food to apologize, woo a woman, ask a favor, or say thank you; it fills in social gaps and crosses borders of religion and class. Author of 7,000 islands: A portrait of the Philippines, Yasmin Newman joins us to explain more:

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