Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala | Book Review + Questions




Hey, you! 🇵🇭


People might think I'm a lil biased because the author is Filipino and maybe I might just be a lil bit but I don't care what people think of me - I loved this book!!! ❤️




This cozy mystery is just what I needed. I laughed so many times while imagining myself being in that kitchen with Lola Flor, Tita Rosie, Tita April, Tita May, and Tita June. Gossiping, cooking, eating, laughing a.k.a the story of my childhood. I was also a bit sad thinking of how long ago I've had chika minute moments or even doing the mano po! I felt a real genuine warmth which of course, we're known for as Filipinos, diba?




Don't even get me started with the yummy Filipino dishes! Chicken Adobo ftw 🤤🤤 Click here to have my recipe. This book will make you go hungry! The last time a book made me feel like this was Crazy Rich Asians (click here for the post). Must be an Asian thing. LOL. 😹😹


I finished this book so quickly that now I'm craving for more of Tita Rosie's Kitchen mystery! So whether you are unfamiliar and want to learn about the Filipino culture or you are Filipino and want to read something familiar, I strongly recommend this book!





Book Club Questions:

  1. What do you think of the title?

  2. Are you familiar with the Filipino culture and family dynamics?

  3. Did you learn anything new from this book?

  4. Describe this book in one sentence.

  5. Food is Lila's family food language. What is yours?

  6. Do you enjoy reading cozy mysteries?

  7. Who was your favorite character? Why?

  8. Which character would you most like to meet in real life?

  9. At what point in the book did you have an idea what was going on? What was the key clue that gave it away?

  10. Were you satisfied with the ending?

  11. Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?

  12. Would you read the next book in this series?


xoxo Elodie





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