By its own description, Pepper.ph is “a silly food blog for artists, misfits, and creative people in the Philippines.” A quick visit to their site will show you that these folks are absolutely not your typical food bloggers who’ve little more to say beyond “I liked the taste!”, or “the meat was tender.” They bring a lot more to the table (see that clever pun?) with their inventive and fun approach to food.
You may have noticed that we like books quite a bit here at Fully Booked. And so, what first got our attention was their recipe for Butterbeer, the famed libation from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. One look at Pepper.ph’s magical concoction makes you wish you were bashing around Hogsmeade, pouring a pint (or seven) down your parched gullet at The Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks Inn together with a troop of rowdy house mates from Hogwarts. This is definitely not for faint-hearted muggles!
Be forewarned: one too many pints of this stuff and you can expect sluggish performance in the quidditch arena or worse — a harsh reprimand from Severus Snape for showing up to Defense Against the Dark Arts with a hangover. Drink moderately — but young witches and wizards, please, do drink!
Book-fare notwithstanding, Pepper.ph is still chock-full of cool ideas. Take as another example the feature, “Food Hack! A meaningless attempt at ripping off local restaurant fare…” where they essentially teach readers how to pirate well-known dine-out dishes and make them at home. And then, “Coño Kitchen: Painfully pricey putahe for Evian-drinking kids who find it hard to make pili their food.” The Pepper gang sure look like cool people who know how to celebrate food with style.
In their own words: “We’re doing all this because we want to do three things: (1) to champion creativity using food, (2) to improve restaurants in the Philippines by giving consumers a strong, public voice through honest food reviews, and (3) to get more people to appreciate food in ways they never realized.”
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We recently caught up with the Pepper.ph team and asked for their top book picks:
Mikka | Writer
Into the Wild by Jack Krakauer. This bold, gutsy tale of Chris McCandless constantly reminds me of the thrill of travel, why adventure is essential in this life. It fueled my desire to take more risks, lose myself in this beautiful world, and discover more of myself in the process. It’s about being wildhearted, being in a constant state of wonder, and just getting out there and making things happen.
Mye | Food Photographer
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. I’ve always been a sucker for historical romance and Lisa Kleypas never disappoints. This remains to be one of the most emotional, enthralling romances I’ve ever read.
Dwight | Editor-in-Chief
Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath. This book taught me why dropping statistics are ineffective and why telling stories get people genuinely involved. It perfectly explains how people remember ideas and why most of them are forgettable.