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7000 islands a food portrait of the philippines hardcover may 27 2014 by yasmin newman author 47 out of 5 stars 59 ratings isbn 13 978 1742705637 isbn 10 1742705634. This is unique cuisine where sawsawan the main entree and rice are staples of the filipino cuisine of course the migration of the chinese malays indigenous people of the philippines spaniards mexicans and other foreign immigrants settled in the 7000 islands came what the filipino cuisine to what it is todays cuisine. 7000 islands a food portrait of the philippines filipino food can be seen through the prism of its colourful and unique history with influences from spain china mexico and the us adding to the cuisines rich texture. For filipinos food is more than a pleasurable pursuit it is the cultural language of the philippines the people use food to apologize woo a woman ask a favor or say thank you it fills in