About the Queen

My name is Elizabeth Besa Quirino.  For over 25 years, I have been cooking FILIPINO & ASIAN dishes almost every day.  I am the “Queen” of my little kitchen, but the amount of food and love that comes from it is abundant.

When my husband, my sons and I  moved to America, more than 20 years ago, one of the most important things I packed in my suitcase was my NOTEBOOK of recipes. The recipes were mostly from my mom, Lulu Reyes-Besa. Along with the NOTEBOOK were Mom’s collection of newspaper and magazine clippings of recipes, letters from family and friends….all these had recipes that were tried and true, handed down from generations.

Over the years, my recipe collection has grown and the NOTEBOOK bulged in all its four corners…with Filipino and Asian recipes, growing to vast lists of global dishes and cuisine. My sons have teasingly called it “the archives”, each time I hauled it out when I needed to look up a recipe. I refer to it as the NOTEBOOK. The core of it all was my Mom’s recipes.

In the rural agricultural town of Tarlac, in the Philippines where I grew up, Mom churned  all these delicious meals three times a day from scratch, with all her love poured into each platter….whether it was merely “merienda” (a Filipino snack in between meals) or a big family feast.

My Mom, the Queen of our hearts, has long gone, but her memory lives on in the dishes and recipes she taught my sister, Isabel and me. Today, in turn, we try to do the same for our families….show our love through our cooking and baking. And with much pride, I open my NOTEBOOK to all of you…a collection of recipes, reviews, travels….all filled with stories of food, family and love.


 Elizabeth Besa Quirino, has a BA Communications degree,  is a freelance writer  and Creative Director of 2 blogs http://www.queensnotebook.com and http://www.asianinamericamag.com.

Some of her recipes are to be found on  GOJEE, a highly curated recipe site http://www.gojee.com AND Homemade Quirk  http://www.quirkbooks.com/post/, a  blog of QUIRK BOOKS. 

Elizabeth also writes for international publications. You can also find her articles in “FOOD”, the largest culinary magazine in the Philippines, published by ABS-CBN Inc., where she is a contributing writer.

Recently, her essay “ A Hundred Mangoes In A Bottle” won 2nd Prize in the prestigious Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Food Essay Awards for 2012 in Manila. Her essay will be published along with other winners, in a book to be launched in the fall .

As an international food writer, she is currently writing/editing the “Paulinian Cookbook Project”, a collection of alumni recipes for her alma mater, St. Paul University of Manila, to benefit their outreach programs.

 Elizabeth has worked as an advertising agency copywriter and written multimedia campaigns for Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Wendy’s, A & W, Disney Licensing.

She has had an extensive teaching experience  and was a College Instructor for the Mass Communication Department of Assumption College, Makati, Philippines. Here she taught Marketing, Advertising and Creative Writing subjects.  Elizabeth  also taught Spanish at the Berlitz Learning Center, USA .

  On the side, Elizabeth dabbles in watercolor and Chinese painting, having learned the art from the esteemed artist and philosopher, the late Professor Chen Bing Sun.

Ms. Besa Quirino hails from Manila and Tarlac, Philippines. She lives in the east coast of the USA with her family and has been cooking FILIPINO & ASIAN food for over 25 years.

 She travels regularly between the USA and the Philippines in constant search of great gastronomic adventures and enthralls her readers with her fun culinary travels and recipes.



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