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Eggslut Founder Alvin Cailan Lands Filipino Cookbook Deal

It’s going to be called Amboy

Alvin Cailan
Elizabeth Daniels
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

It’s been a big year for Alvin Cailan, the man who first arrived on the greater Los Angeles scene as the co-founder of Eggslut, which has since transformed into one of the most well-known breakfast concepts in America. More recently he’s been actively pushing the Filipino food movement forward at his Unit 120 space in Chinatown (including helping tons of others), and now he’s set to take the fight to print with a new cookbook.

Per an announcement from the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt folks, Cailan has officially inked a deal to concoct a cookbook called Amboy, a slang term for an American-born Filipino and the name of one of Cailan’s first prominent Filipino restaurant ideas. The book will be a collection of flavors and recipes from Amboy the restaurant — which started as a lunch-only takeout option but will be earning standalone status soon — as well as dishes Cailan grew up eating in Pico Rivera.

The book, co-written by local food writer Hillary Eaton, will also tackle Cailan’s journey from line cook in Portland to the Eggslut food truck and eventual brick and mortar locations both here and in Las Vegas, and on through his latest endeavor as a mentor for Filipino chefs like the LASA team in Chinatown. There is currently no set publication date for Amboy.