Celebrate the Bay Area’s food and beverage scene with the Library’s Farm to Shelf program series! This month we will feature Jeannie Celestial and Art Swenson, co-authors of The Filipino Instant Pot Cookbook. Jeannie and Art will show you how to make a delicious Chicken Adobo using the Instant Pot, available soon for checkout at the Tool Lending Library as a part of our Kitchen Tools collection.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library.
More about the authors:
Jeannie E. Celestial
Jeannie E. Celestial was born on Guam and raised by Filipino parents and grandparents who were skilled farmers and gardeners. It was they who helped develop her cooking instincts early on, instilling in her a deep understanding of and respect for traditional Filipino ingredients. In addition to her work with food, Jeannie is a practicing psychologist who is committed to holistic wellness and fostering healthy Filipinx (Filipino/a/x) communities.
Jeannie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Social Work Degree at San Francisco State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. She currently works in Vallejo, California.
Art Swenson was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. His family recipes and stories are influenced by his early life growing up with a Caucasian dad from Portland, Oregon, and Filipina mother from Pampanga, Philippines. Outside of his work as an author and cook, Art is a fine arts sculptor and digital designer. He lives with his wife and child in the Bay Area, California.