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CHAMORU CUISINE: A Mariånas Cultural Legacy is an award-winning* cookbook representing Guam and the islands of Saipan, Rota, and Tinian in the Northern Mariånas.
Gerard and Mary Aflague, formerly from Sinajana, Guam, craft a family legacy from their parents and World War II survivors Lorenzo and Julia Aflague. Their book highlights the CHamoru culture and hundreds of island recipes from the Mariånas. Enjoy reading their stories, pass along a beautiful CHamoru history, and share tasty recipes with family and friends.
- Origins of a CHamoru family legacy
- Narratives about preserving and passing on the CHamoru culture
- Overview of the Mariånas
- Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan maps
- Stories of CHamoru culture
- Narratives about the CHamoru people
- A story about the CHamoru fiesta
- Prayer before meals and the Lord's Prayer in CHamoru and English
- Phrases in the kitchen in CHamoru and English
- Pencil drawings of Mariånas life from an 1800s Russian artist
- Narratives and vintage photos about CHamoru culinary practices
- Colorful imagery of the land and sea of the Mariåna islands
- A brief history of CHamoru cuisine
- Illustrated ingredients in English and CHamoru
- Helpful kitchen tips
- 108 CHamoru and island-inspired recipes
- Doneness and temperature guides
- Culinary terms and definitions in CHamoru and English
- Mariånas harvesting calendars for fruits and vegetables
- Notes pages
Recipes in this book were prepared and photographed in the Aflagues' test kitchen. They were crafted in keeping with the taste one would expect from CHamoru cooking. Of the 424 pages, there are 108 recipe pages and 108 beautiful photos showing finished dishes for a total of 216 recipe pages. Of the 108 recipes, a dozen are island-inspired (new creations from Mary and Gerard. The remaining recipes are fiesta dishes and home-style recipes). There are also 80+ pages highlighting aspects of CHamoru culinary fare, and dozens of pages sharing the culture of the Mariånas.
Pages: 424 total
Book Weight: 3 pounds, 4 ounces
Book size: 8 x 10 x 1.25 inches
Cover: Hardback cover with a debossed title
Inside: Full color and black and white pages
Publisher: Blue Wave Press
Authors: Gerard and Mary Aflague
Content and Copy Editor: Victoria Leon Guerrero
Cultural and CHamoru Editor: Joey Franquez
Recipe Editor: Vicki Tosher
*Our book received a 2019 Gourmand "Best in World" Cookbook award.
Recipes in CHAMORU CUISINE include:
Inafliton Hineksa Mariånas Mariånas Fried Rice
Yinalaka’ CHåda’, Atmagosu, yan Gollai Siha Scrambled Eggs, Bitter Melon, and Veggies
Inafliton Hineksa ni Manå’yi Kåtne Steak Fried Rice
Pånket Siha Ginen i Isla Island-Style Hot Cakes
CHurisos Dinanche, CHåda’, yan Hineksa’ Spicy Sausage, Eggs, and Rice
CHesa Siha Appetizers
Boñelos Uhang Shrimp Patties
Lumpian Månnok Chicken Spring Rolls
Kelaguen Binådu Citrusy Chopped Venison
Madoya Fried Sweet Bananas
Mana’pika na Getmon Maguro’ Spicy Tuna Crunch
Mapikan Månnok yan Gollai Siha (Motsiyas) Minced Chicken and Vegetables
Kelaguen Kåtnen Guaka Citrusy Chopped Beef
Enkattidon Papåya Pickled Papaya
Gellai yan Ensalåda Siha Vegetables and Salads
Ensalådan Batåtas CHamoru CHamoru Potato Salad
Bok Choy, Payonsia yan Donne’ Gollai Agaga’ Bok Choy, Mushrooms, and Red Bell Peppers
Månnok, Gollai yan Satsan Hålom Tåno’ Chicken Veggie Bowl with Jungle Sauce
Tininon Birenghenas ni Malechen Niyok Roasted Eggplant in Coconut Milk
Såtsan i Isla Savory Island Salsa
Gollai Hågon Suni Taro Leaves in Coconut Milk
Ensalådan Pånglao yan Gollai Broccoli Crab Salad
Såtsan Mames i Isla Sweet Island Salsa
Enkattidon Atmagosu Pickled Bitter Melon
Ensalådan Kåmba yan Daigo’ Cucumber and Daigo Salad
Ensalådan Isla ‘Macaroni’ Island Macaroni Salad
Tropikåt Ensalådan Mariånas Tropical Mariånas Salad
‘Spinach’ Hånom, Siboyas Dikike’, yan Håsngot’ Water Spinach, Shallots, and Ginger
Åggon Siha Starches
Hineksa’ Agaga’ CHamoru Red Rice
Gollai Åppan Lemmai Breadfruit in Coconut Milk
Pån Sena Dinner Rolls
Pansit Kanton, Kåtnen Guaka, yan Gollai Siha Pan-Fried Egg Noodles, Beef, and Vegetables
Makomat Titiyas Harina Grilled Flour Tortillas
Riyenu CHamoru Potato Stuffing
Empanåda Fried Red Rice Chicken Turnover
Gollai Åppan Kamuti Sweet Potatoes in Coconut Milk
Pansit Bihon Månnok Stir-Fried Chicken, Rice Noodles, and Vegetables
Mahotnon Kamuten Lila Roasted Purple Sweet Potatoes
Gollai Åppan Mendioka Cassava in Coconut Milk
Titiyas Ma’es Corn Tortillas
Pika na Tamåles Gisu Spicy and Savory Tamales
Gollai Åppan Aga’ Bananas in Coconut Milk
Titiyas Månha Young Coconut Tortillas
Hineksa’ Åpaka’ White Rice
Mahotnon Mames Kamuti Siha Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Fina’denne’ yan Tinemplåda Siha Condiments and Marinades
Fina’denne’ Spicy-Soy Mariånas Sauce
Fina’denne’ Binakle Spicy-Vinegar Sauce
Satsan Hålom Tåno’ Jungle Sauce
Birenghenas Dinanche Eggplant Hot Pepper Mash
Tinemplan Kechap yan Lemon Mårianas Mariånas Soy-Lemon Marinade
Tinemplan Kechap yan Binakle Soy-Vinegar Marinade
Kåddo Siha Soups
Kåddon Månnok ni Malechen Niyok Chicken Coconut Milk Soup
Kåddon ‘Shank’ yan Papåya ni Malechen Niyok Beef Shank and Papaya in Coconut Milk
Aros Kåddon Månnok yan Hasngot Rice Soup with Chicken and Ginger
Esutangu, Kåtnen Guaka yan Gollai Glass Noodles, Beef, and Vegetables
‘Shank’ Guaka yan Puntan Kalamasa ni Maleche Beef Shank and Pumpkin Tips in Coconut Milk
Ilotes Sweet Corn Soup with Coconut Milk
Kåtnen Binådu, Puntan Kalamasa, yan Suni Venison, Pumpkin Tips, and Taro
Kåri Fresh Turmeric and Chicken in Coconut Milk
Mongos yan Månnok Mung Beans with Chicken
Kåtne yan Gå’ga’ Tåsi Meats and Seafood
Kelaguen Månnok Lemon Coconut Chopped Chicken
CHamoskåddon Kåtnen Guaka Hearty Beef Stew
CHalakiles ni Manå’yiyi Kåtnen Månnok Toasted Red Rice Chicken
Tinaktak Kåtnen Guaka ni Malechen Niyok Tenderized Beef in Coconut Milk
CHurisos CHamoru Chorizos CHamoru
Estufao Månnok Soy Garlic Chicken
Tininon Kostiyas Babui Grilled Pork Spare-Ribs
Masipek Kåtnen Guaka yan Gollai Beef and Vegetable Skewers
Bistek Soy-Vinegar Beef Sauté
Tininon Månnok Mariånas Grilled Chicken
Kåddon Pikan Månnok Spicy Stewed Soy Chicken
Tininon Kostiyas Guaka Grilled Beef Short Ribs
Kåtnen ‘Rib-Eye’ yan Mångga ni Ma’afliton Yalaka’ Rib-Eye and Mango Stir Fry
Matostan Sesame Machamosan Maguro’ Sesame Encrusted Seared Tuna Salad
Birenghenas yan Mana’mames Kåtnen Guaka Eggplant and Sweet Beef
Guihan yan ‘Spinach’ ni Malechen Niyok Fish and Spinach in Coconut Milk
Pånglao ni Malechen Niyok Crab in Coconut Milk
Guihan yan ‘Bok Choy’ ni Malechen Niyok Fish and Bok Choy in Coconut Milk
Eskabeche Fried Fish and Vegetables in Turmeric Sauce
Kelaguen Uhang Lemon Chopped Shrimp
Kruket Satmon Salmon Croquette
Uhang ni Malechen Niyok Shrimp in Coconut Milk
Guihan ni Mana’mames yan Ma’aksom Sweet and Sour Fish
Ma’afliton Guihan Palakse’/Låggua Deep Fried Parrot Fish
Fina’mames Siha Desserts
CHampulådu Chocolate Rice Porridge
Påstet Baked Pumpkin Turnover
Boñelos Aga’ Banana Doughnuts
Buchibuchi Fried Pumpkin Turnover
Bukåyu Coconut Candy
Inafliton Roset Crispy Rosettes
Latiya Cinnamon Custard Cake
Boñelos Antigu Sugar Doughnuts
Mahotnon Mendioka yan Niyok Baked Coconut Cassava
Rosketti Crumbly Cookies
Pai Puddeng Custard Pie
Leche Flan Caramel Custard Pudding
Ensalådan Fresko na Fruta Fresh Fruit Salad
Pai Månha Young Coconut Pie
Pai Mames Kamuten Mariånas Mariånas Sweet Potato Pie
Guyuria Glazed Twirly Cookies
Pai Lemon ‘Meringue’ Lemon Meringue Pie
Kalamai (Kulot de Rosa) Pink Corn Pudding
Makomat Mendioka yan Niyok (Apigige’) Toasted Cassava and Coconut
Puddeng Pån CHamoru CHamoru Bread Pudding
Pai Mames na Kamuten Luta Rota Sweet Potato Pie
Åhu Sweet Young Coconut Soup
Minesklan Niyok Tropikåt Tropical Coconut Clusters
Puddeng 'Chia' Aga' yan Mångga Banana Mango Chia Pudding
CHeritan ‘Acai’ yan Frutas Tropikåt Tropical Fruits Acai Bowl
Brohas Sponge Cake
Ma’åson Tamåles Niyok yan Mendioka Steamed Coconut and Cassava
M.B., Las Vegas - Gerard and Mary, I first bought your cookbook and liked it very much. I'm back to order more cookbooks for my girlfriends together with your fina'denne' bowls which make the perfect pair. Extend my thanks to your wife for all she has done to preserve our culture and cuisine.
A.G., Guam - Your cookbook has a cult following on Guam. While I supported you on Kickstarter. I'm back to order 56 more copies for me and my colleagues on Guam. I know you have a limited supply. If I could, I would order 120 copies. Lol. I'll check back later!
B.M., Guam - Gerard. I'm back Christmas shopping and I'm excited to order a bunch of small gifts, but I'm also grabbing another four cookbooks for under the holiday tree!
J.C., San Diego - It's Christmas soon and in thinking about holiday gift giving, I came to realize that your CHAMORU CUISINE Cookbook is a unique cultural choice for family and friends. While I ordered a few early on, I'm back to order another 12 copies!
M.P., Virginia - My birthday wish was to get a copy of your cookbook. I am looking forward to getting it in my hands. I told my wife that this is what I wanted this year. I'm also planning on getting copies for other family members. Thank you!
D.M., San Diego - I just received your book....thank you. I am impressed with the entire concept of what you have created; some history, some geography, and great food all mixed together. For those of us that once lived there, these are all strong reminders of what we had physically and what we now have as memories! While I am not a Guamanian, I have a very strong attachment to Guam and the surrounding islands. My personal history extends from 1953 from stopping there on the way to the Philippines when I was a baby to going to high school (JFK class of 1970) (my father was in the USAF and I lived at Andersen AFB), to being stationed at Ritidian Point in the early '70s when I was in the USN, and then a short 5-month visit, my last, in 1977 after getting out of the Navy. I may live in San Diego now but I think of Guam all of the time. I know that the island has changed since I was there but your more-than-a-cookbook cookbook, I think, will help remind me even more of some of the things that I loved so much about Guam, wonderful food, the stunning beauty of the island, and above all, the people that I met and knew and miss.
L.C., Guam - Just to let you know that I finally did received my 2 books. No damage at all. They’re awesome to have as a reference. You both truly did put your heart and love to make the island local cuisine in reality. Photos are superb and just awesome to look at! Congratulation and a JOB WELL DONE!
G.S. - What a stunning and beautiful collection of Chamoru recipes and history! I received my book yesterday and told my families on Guam. It is a beautiful book! Excellent! They should be ordering many this coming month. Congratulations for a job well done! Please extend my congratulations to your wife Mary too! Best wishes and I hope you'll get lots of orders!
Anonymous - I just received my copy and it’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you for such a lovely book. It’s going to be passed down. ❤
K.H. - Wow. Just. Wow. I have no words for this stunning labor of love. The photographs, layout, history, and stories are breathtaking. The recipes are just something else divine to enjoy about this book. The packaging was very classy and elegant. Thank you so much for a lovely campaign and book. Congratulations to you and your lovely family. Your Marley is precious. She's obviously the apple of her Grandparents' eye.
T. S. - ...I really like the idea that this book is not just a cookbook, but that it offers culture and history. Thank you and your wife for this. Thank you so much for this opportunity you are giving especially to our younger generation! I hope our younger daughter would want to do the same and even more!:)
C.K., Nebraska - When I saw that you included making the Northern Mariånas a part of your book's content, I knew I had to have it for me and my children. We appreciate what you are doing for our people.
E.B., South Carolina - I'm originally from the east coast but lived on Guam as a merchant mariner for about a year. My experience on Guam and traveling to the Northern Marianas (Rota, Tinian, and Saipan) was an experience I would never forget. The people of the Marianas know how to live together - working toward a common good as islanders. I didn't see people of the islands being defined by their skin color. Looking back, I enjoyed my time among the islanders. While I would describe Chamoru food as an acquired taste, I did enjoy the flavors of the barbecue on skewers. What I didn't try was breadfruit. I should have tried it since I had a tree in my yard while there in Guam. I'm buying this book for myself and for a friend who is now stationed in Guam.
P. v.d.S., Netherlands - Hello! I am very pleased to have found your interesting book!
M.M., California - Hello Mr. & Mrs. Aflague, Thank you for your cookbook and for all you do for our Guam community worldwide!
C. F, California - We thank you for what you and your wife are doing for my children and many others like us. Our children are second and third generation Chamorus. Your book will offer us a treasure to pass down as a family heirloom. We are happy that this cultural resource is now made available to us all.
C.A., Virginia - I visit Guam regularly and enjoy the food of the islands. I made a couple of recipes in my Virginia home that you shared in a news article. My wife enjoyed the estufao. Next, we will be attempting to make your loose Chorizos Chamoru pork sausage. I'm looking forward to trying more recipes in your book.
C.E., New Jersey - My mother's family immigrated to Guam from the Philippines then relocated to the states. Today, I enjoy many Chamoru recipes like red rice and empanada. While I enjoy the islands' cuisine, I don't have insight into the culture of the Marianas because I was born stateside. I'm looking forward to reading CHAMORU CUISINE to learn more about where my mom's family immigrated to and lived for a while, to learn more about the CHamoru culture and to cook tasty CHamoru food.
J.L. - So happy you are perpetuating our Chamorro culture! My nephews and nieces are being exposed to your (children's) books! I was extremely moved to see our language being published beyond a comic strip in the PDN. I love the associated artwork in the books!
B.D., Kentucky - I rushed to open the book upon its arrival in the mail. It brought me tears to see the love that came through those pages. Your dedication to God, your parents and family’s legacy, and our culture. This book is much more than I expected, more than a cookbook. God’s hand was on this project.
A.M., California - I'm happy that you and Mary have done something like this for our people. I'm excited to have this cookbook in my life!
D.M - I Just received my book "Chamoru Cuisine." I wanted to thank you for a wonderful cookbook. The book is absolutely beautiful. My father was born and raised in Guam. My entire family learned how to cook several of these dishes from my father. Friends and family always enjoy the dishes we make when we get together. Thank You again!
M.M. - I recently purchased 3 of these cookbooks for my kids and my wife fell in love with it and has to have one. She said it brought back so many happy memories from her childhood on Guam cooking with her grandmother. Thank you so much for helping to keep this culture alive.
J.R. - Just wanted to say thank you for the books and for the quick delivery. I've barely been able to look at it yet, but they look even better than expected.
R.B. - Hi Gerard and Mary, I received my books today and am thrilled! It was worth the wait! Also happy it came before Father’s Day. It’ll be a great surprise gift for my son who loves to cook. I’m happy for you guys and truly respect and appreciate your hard work and dedication. Beautiful tribute to your parents whom I’ve known and respected. Super job and thank you for always promoting our Chamoru culture. Biba!
J.M. - Our books arrived and we could not be happier with the result of your labor of love. And the bag! Wow. Thank you so much.