Socialite Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi recently launched a recipe book titled Feast With Me, but don’t expect to find gourmet-priced dishes in its pages.
According to Stephanie, her book focuses on dishes that are easy to whip up.
“So it’s really about cooking and travel.
“And I want people to travel from home through the food that you cook.
“And there’s wine pairing—everything—and it’s mura lang, you can find it in the grocery. All the ingredients that you can find for the food, it’s nothing special,” said Steph.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sat down with the sister of Senator Miguel Zubiri during the launch of her book at the Conservatory of the The Peninsula Manila last October 6.
The blogger-columnist related what inspired her to come up with Feast With Me.
She narrated, “Sa biyahe talaga. I really love to travel, and whenever I travel at [may] nagustuhan akong natikman doon, I would come home and cook and cook hanggang sa makuha ko talaga yung lasa."
Steph wanted to share with others her experiences abroad, and how food can actually serve as a means to destress and to connect with family and friends.
“I want the people to have that experience, and I love to eat with friends, but eating out is so expensive that sometimes mas mura actually to cook at home and invite some friends at home.
“And also I want to share my stories, my love for food, my travel, for people to…sometimes life is very stressful, and the only time you can really let go, relax, and enjoy is at the table,” she elaborated.
“So, I want people to see that any meal you have can be a celebration.
“Siyempre, we have to eat, we might as well make that moment of eating a wonderful experience with your family and friends, and turn off your phone and disconnect.”
MORE THAN JUST RECIPES. Steph said proudly that even those who are not into cooking can still appreciate her book.
“You know what I like about this book? There’s a lot of nice stories.
"So, kahit hindi mo type magluto, marami kang mababasa na magandang stories.
“Actually, many recipes mura lang. I really don’t use...walang truffle oils, walang mamahaling ingredients. Siguro yung pinakamahal doon is cheese or whatever.
“Halos lahat ng ingredients, sa palengke, sa supermarket.”
Aside from fuss-free dishes, the book is also Steph’s way of encouraging people to get into the habit of healthy eating.
She may not be politically inclined like her brother, but her heart lies in the advocacy for good nutrition.
“Gusto ko talaga kakain yung mga tao ng gulay, watch what they eat, because a lot of people, hindi na sila nagluluto sa bahay, instant-instant lang. And masama talaga yun sa katawan.
“And later on, when they get older, ang dami nilang ibabayad sa ospital kasi they don’t take care of themselves.
“So, my advocacy talaga is nutrition. I work a lot with organizations, nutrition, early childhood nutrition.
“Then I do some cooking demos, nagtuturo ako sa mga nanay, how to make yung healthy pero yung mura lang na meals that they can eat well at home,” the author narrated.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE. Aside from Feast With Me, Steph also plans to come up with another book called Little Feast, which will teach kids to try their little hands at cooking with the help of their parents or guardians.
With so many things on her plate, we asked her how she is able to manage her time.
Steph maintains a regular column in Philippine Star, on top of being a hands-on mom to two kids and a wife to entrepreneur Jonathan Crespi.
“Hindi ako natutulog,” she said in jest.
“Hindi naman. Sa totoo lang, schedule lang.
“Kung meron akong kailangan isulat na article ko, may deadline, nagigising ako alas kwatro ng umaga."
Steph added that she takes advantage of the early mornings, when everyone at home is still asleep.
“Quiet ang bahay. Kasi pag hatinggabi na, hindi ko na kaya, natutulog na ako."
The author also pointed out the importance of having a supportive spouse.
“You know it’s good to have a supportive husband. Priority lang. Kailangan itong araw, maiiwanan mo talaga yung trabaho kasi kailangan ka ng anak mo.
“And then other days, leave muna your kids with yaya or with my husband and then work.”
Feast With Me will be available to the public this October, and will kick off at Pottery Barn at Bonifacio Central Square, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Proceeds will go to the feeding program of less fortunate kids.