Currently pregnant with her second child, Judy Ann Santos said that launching Judy Ann’s Kitchen feels like giving birth to a baby.
“Hindi naman sa pagmamayabang. Pero hindi ko naisip sa buong buhay ko sa industriya na dadating ako sa punto na magiging author pala ako.
“Maliban sa pagiging maiyakin kong tao, magiging emosyunal pala ako sa pagkalabas ng baby ko na ito.
“Baby siya [recipe book] actually sa tagal ng proseso. Almost two years in the making.
“Most of the dishes here, yun talaga ang sine-serve namin sa bahay,” said Judy Ann during the recent press launch of Judy Ann’s Kitchen, which features different sections of recipes dedicated to her wifey duties, mommy duties, family and friends.
“Lahat ng first recipes na hinain ko kay Ryan nung bagong lipat kami bilang mag-asawa, nandito.
“Yung mga recipes na hinain ko ‘pag biglaan na party and wala ka mahain na food nandito din,” she beamed.
The 37-year-old actress/TV host also shared a few kiddie recipes that she loves to prepare together with her kids Yohan and Lucho.
What really makes Judy Ann’s Kitchen different from other cookbooks is that it’s very personalized, inspiring other homemakers to prepare not just filling but heartwarming dishes.
“Wala masyadong dirty breakfast, pero may isa o dalawa akong nilagay na recipe ng angus tapa sandwich at mga baon ni Ryan na na-Instagram ko.
“Yung dinner dates na ginagawa namin sa bahay.
“Siyempre bagong lipat kami, so tipid-tipid.com.
“So, ang Valentines Date sa bahay, nagse-setup ako ng something.”
THE BIRTH OF JUDY’S ANN COOKBOOK. Judy Ann further shared that her idea to have her own cookbook published came at a low point in her life.
“May isang time na I was very lonely, I was very depressed with work at that time.
“Sabi ko, ‘Gumawa nga tayo ng libro para ma-distract lang ako.’
“Kasi parang, at that time, parang hindi ko nakukuha yung gusto kong gawin.
“Basta parang ang daming nangyayari two years ago.”
With the help of her good friend and ace lensman Raymund Isaac, Judy Ann did a series of photo shoots for her recipes plus the family's bonding sessions.
“In a month’s time, natapos naming yung shoot.
“'Tapos prinopose ni Raymund sa Anvil yung idea and they liked it.
“They were very supportive and patient sa pabago-bago ng isip ko, sa paghihintay sa notes ko.”
Asked about the challenges she encountered while putting together a cookbook, Judy Ann said that she had a hard time shortlisting the recipes she wanted to include in the book.
At the same time, the Kapamilya actress/TV host admitted that she had difficulty putting her thoughts into words.
“May mga katulong naman akong ibang writers dito. It’s not just me.
“Bilang kailangan ko magpatulong sa pag-correct ng English, I have typo errors and everything.
“Aminado naman ako sa part na yun.
“Hindi naman ako nahihiyang sabihin na kailangan ko magpatulong.
“Ayaw ko naman magkaroon ng libro [tapos] i-Instagram nila yung typo errors ko, ‘di ba?”
Nevertheless, Judy Ann made sure she used terms that her readers would easily understand.
PASSION FOR COOKING. Truth be told, cooking is very close to Judy Ann’s heart.
At an early age, way before she entered show business, she already enjoyed preparing and selling yummy treats like polvoron and yema.
“At a young age, I was exposed to my mom cooking, my dad cooking.
“Pag binabalikan ko, oo nga mas madalas na may hawak akong sandok, kutsilyo, at chopping board kaysa Barbie doll o kung ano mang laruang pambata.
“Nung bata ako naglalako ako ng polvoron, yema, o kung anong makita kong puwedeng gawin sa gatas. I was always involved with food.”
Now that she’s pregnant, what are the recipes from her cookbook that she usually craves?
“I have my triple chocolate champorado recipe in this book na no-fail kasi everybody loves chocolate.
“Ever since, yun ang go-to meal ko—champorado, ginataang bilu-bilo, and ginataang mais.
“Kapag umandar ang sweet tooth ko, yun agad ang naiisip ko.
“Madaling gawin at maraming chocolates in the area na puwede nilang makuha.”
Other must-try recipes in Judy Ann’s Kitchen: Sinigang Na Munggo, Chicken Sopas, and Misuang Bona Bona.
Judy Ann also encouraged her readers to make their own version of her recipes.
“At the end part of this book may blank pages where they can doodle and add their own take on my recipes.
“Because I believe hindi naman yung masarap sa akin, masarap sa lahat.
“I want my followers to feel that what’s mine is also theirs.”