‘The House That Fried Chicken Built’ Coffee Table Book Launch

Max’s Restaurant launched its first coffee table book aptly titled, “The House That Fried Chicken Built” by celebrated writers Robert JA Basilio and Sonia Pinto Ner, niece of Max’s founder Maximo Gimenez last April 12, 2011. The launch was held in the very location Max’s first started their food business.

Bill Rodgers of Max’s of Manila (Max’s USA)

Vibrant photos fill the pages of the book – from Max’s first restaurant in Scout Tuason Quezon City circa 1945, the elegant and modern architectural design by Budji Layug+Royal Pineda Design Architects, to the sumptuous spread of Max’s traditionally home-cooked dishes. The book also features compelling stories of the passionate individuals behind the brand – the family that started the tradition, and employees, stakeholders and patrons who share the owners’ love for the brand.

Book Authors Sonia Ner and Robert Basilio

Sonia Ner recounts how meals have been intricately prepared, with so much passion and love by first-generation family member Ruby Trota, the restaurant’s first cook; and how values like hard-work, hospitality and love for family have become the core of what Max’s is all about.

“Max’s coffee table book is a celebration of the Filipino’s love not only for fried chicken, but for family, celebration and tradition. Max’s enduring legacy is encapsulated in the book as the ‘House That Fried Chicken Built’ continues to capture the hearts of Filipinos worldwide, generation after generation,” said Jim Fuentebella, Max’s Vice President for Corporate Marketing. The coffee table book will be initially available at Max’s Restaurant in Scout Tuason at P2,500. Part of the proceeds will be utilized for Max’s corporate social responsibility programs.

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