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Book Review: Taste of Guam

Posted by Sherrie Wilkolaski on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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A Taste of Guam

Paula Ann Lujan Quinene (Author)A Taste of Guam resized 600
ISBN: 0-7414-3368-0 ©2006
Price: $19.95
Book Size: 8" x 8" , 111 pages
Category/Subject: COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / General

A Taste of Guam features delicious recipes from Guam as well as American and international selections: Chamorro BBQ, Other Island Favorites, Guam Desserts, Mix of America, and Treasure Chest of Sweets.


I had no idea what traditional food in Guam until I received this cookbook to review. In fact we ended up having a "Guam meal."  For the purpose of this review I chose three dishes to try.

One of the dishes was "Red Rice" and used achote seeds.   I had never heard of achote seeds before and I wasn't sure if I could get them but after a quick trip to a local whole foods market I was well on my way.  The rice was delicious and the achote seeds, to my surprise,  created a wonderful dark orange color. Of course the bacon drippings added that special, home-cooked taste.

The second dish I tried was "Golai Appan Aga" because we love plantains. What a wonderful treat.  Cooking the plantains in coconut milk brought out the flavor and of course the touch of cinnamon added a pleasant flare.

The third dish I made was "Chicken Kelaguen."  The original recipe called for 16 cups of chopped chicken but I chose to cut the recipe in half.  It was just going to be too much for two people.  The dish was tasty, a bit on the tart side because of the lemon, however it seemed the coconut gave it a good balance.  And, we enjoyed the left-overs the next day.

I've decided I really like the unique taste of traditional dishes of Guam.  Paula A. Lujan Quinene preserves her heritage by sharing her proven taste-tested recipes with us.  I will be trying out some of the other recipes because I find them easy and most ingredients can be found in any pantry.

Reviewed on 04/11/2010 by Member Irene Watson

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