Latin American Cooking

A Cook's Tour of Mexico: Authentic Recipes from the Country's Best Open-Air Markets, City Fondas, and Home Kitchens

By Nancy Zaslavsky

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Nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award, "A Cook's Tour Of Mexico" includes more than extraordinary, flavorful recipes gathered from the kitchens of country farmers, village bakers, market vendors, and home cooks. The resulting effort is a collection of tantalizing, authentic recipes assembled in a coast-to-coast culinary tour of Mexico.

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A Taste of Puerto Rico

By Yvonne Ortiz

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Savory dishes, old and new, featuring the flavors of Puerto Rico: Pastellilos de Carne (meat turnovers), Cold Mango and Rum Soup, Pina Colada Cakes, and Camarones con Coco (coconut shrimp).

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Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

By Rick Bayless

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Excellent margin notes for the cook make this one a standout. Example: Simmering Fish Broth: Unlike other broths, fish broth gets bitter and strong if simmered more than 20 or 25 minutes. Who knew?

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Cooking the Mexican Way

By Rosa Coronado

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Recipes for celebrations and everyday. This newer version of the family favorite has slimmed-down recipes. Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series. Clearly written recipes for easy dinners and snacks: Red Snapper with Lime Juice, Mango with Cinnamon, and a couple of kid-pleasing favorites, Tortillas with Chicken and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

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Cooking the South American Way

By Helga Parnell

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An overview of South American cookery that includes information about the continent's holidays and festivals. Features simple recipes and menu planning that are perfect for school projects or the family kitchen where everybody cooks. This newer edition includes lower calorie and vegetarian recipes.

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Deleites de la Cocina Mexicana = Healthy Mexican American Cooking

By Maria Luisa Urdaneta

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"Because diabetes is a growing health problem in the Mexican American community this information is vital for all those who need or want to manage their diet without giving up the foods they've grown up with and love. No other cookbook provides such a wide range of healthy Mexican recipes, all kitchen-tested, easy to prepare, and simply delicious. Let Deleites de la Cocina Mexicana be your one-stop guide to cooking and eating guilt-free Mexican food."  A bi-lingual cookbook.

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From My Mexican Kitchen: Techniques and Ingredients

By Diana Kennedy

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Diana Kennedy is considered by many to be the Julia Child of Mexican cuisine. In this fully illustrated guide, the world-renowned authority on Mexican cuisines returns with an encyclopedic exploration of the foods and cooking traditions she introduced in The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. An entire chapter is devoted to the different kinds of chiles and another on the different types of beans. The first half of the book concerns ingredients while the second half is devoted to technique. Includes step-by-step photographs.

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La Cocina de la Frontera: Mexican-American Cooking from the Southwest

By James W. Peyton

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This is the first cookbook to present all the regional styles of Mexican-American cooking. It traces the cooking from its Indian roots, through its development in response to European influences, to its arrival in the American Southwest. More than 200 recipes focus on regional styles found in New Mexico, California, Arizona, and Texas. Try out the Char-broiled Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Stew, Corn Bread with Green Chile, Cinnamon Tea, and Herbed Sirloin Roast. Has history ever been so delicious?

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Like Water for Chocolate

By Laura Esquivel

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A #1 bestseller in Mexico in 1990, this charming, imaginative, and just plain fun novel of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico includes unique recipes at the beginning of each chapter for a variety of traditional dishes.

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New World Kitchen: Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine

By Norman Van Aken

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Norman Van Aken explores the rich influence of Latin American cuisine on the American palate. The roots of these amazing savories come from Africa, Spain, and the native peoples of the islands and the expansive countries that make up Latin America. Van Aken has written in a straightforward manner and has chosen to use ingredients which, while exotic (scotch bonnet chiles, tomatillos or jicama) are not impossible for a home chef to acquire. The recipes are sophisticated, yet doable.
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