Yasmin Newman

7000 Islands

Find out more about 7000 Islands: A Food Portrait of the Philippines

Guimaras Island, Philippines. 

Guimaras Island, Philippines. 

7000 Islands:
 A Food Portrait of the Philippines


“Food is more than a pleasurable pursuit. It is the cultural language of the Philippines.  The people use it to apologise, woo a woman, ask a favour or say thank you.”  Extract, 7000 Islands

Despite the Philippines’ central location in South East Asia, most people know little about the country and its cuisine. As a proud Australian-Filipinia, I resolved to share the Filipino food story and preserve its traditional recipes and modern food ways for future generations. Four years and a number of research trips throughout the country culminated in this beautiful and expansive portrait of the Philippines. 

7000 Islands cookbook cover
Buko pie | 7000 Islands cookbook

Containing over 100 authentic recipes, I tell the story of the country’s food through its colourful and unique history – with influences from Spain, China, Mexico and the US adding to the rich texture and flavour. 

Ranging in recipes from mouthwatering savoury dishes and decadent desserts, to native fare and Spanish fiesta meals, 7000 Islands – A Food Portrait of the Philippines shows that the food of this one-of-a-kind country holds a unique place in the world, and is just waiting to be discovered. 

7000 Islands, my first book, was published in 2013 by Hardie Grant, and continues to be sold in Australia, Philippines, UK and USA.

Sino-Filipino fare to buy at a lumpia (spring roll) house in Binondo (Chinatown).

Sino-Filipino fare to buy at a lumpia (spring roll) house in Binondo (Chinatown).

Spanish colonial crockery in a traditional windowsill drying rack.

Spanish colonial crockery in a traditional windowsill drying rack.



‘Highly Commended’ Cookbook of the Year 2013 “7000 Islands is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to Filipino food and an insight into the culture and history of the Philippines, which will appeal to foodies and travellers alike.” 

— Books kinokuniya


“Yasmin Newman’s 7000 Islands is a handsome and weighty introduction to the lesser-known delights of Filipino food.”

– Australian Gourmet Traveller


“I can't condense a cuisine here. But I can say with a champion so articulate, it's time to take another look. Beyond the pork and the shrimp paste, the vinegar and the oodles of frying is an approach Newman articulates with great style.”

— John Lethlean, The Australian


“7000 Islands is meticulously researched and evocatively written… Yasmin unravels the Philippines’ stories and recipes through the eyes of a hungry and curious cook. Gorgeous.”

— Sally Feldman, Australian Women's Weekly


“Make space on your shelf for 7000 Islands, a beautifully styled and photographed tome dedicated to the depth and diversity of Filipino cuisine… Penned by Yasmin Newman and filled with travel photos she took herself, 7000 Islands is a way to rediscover the cuisine we have the fortune of enjoying every day."

— Elle Decor Philippines



Experience some of the tempting recipes and vivid scenes you'll find in 7000 Islands – just click the images.