An encyclopedic cookbook (from Chiles Rellenos and Tostones to Golden Coconut Chicken and Dulce de Leche Tart) celebrating Latin American home cooking—the first to cover the day-to-day home cooking of all twenty-one nations—by one of the most respected authorities on the subject
"As practical and day-to-day useful as it is revelatory . . . A book to treasure today and to pass on to a new generation of cooks tomorrow.” —Dorie Greenspan, New York Times bestselling cookbook author
In this monumental work, culinary expert Sandra A. Gutierrez shares more than three hundred everyday dishes—plus countless variations—that home cooks everywhere will want to replicate. Divided by ingredient—Beans, Corn, Yuca, Quinoa, and almost two dozen more—and featuring an extensive pantry section that establishes the fundamentals of Latin American cooking, Latinísimo brings together real recipes from home cooks in Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Recipes include: •Tortillas de Nixtamal (Fresh Masa Tortillas) •Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice) •Arepas Clásicas (Classic Arepas) •Solterito (Lima Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad) •Sopa Seca con Albahaca à la Chinchana (One-Pot Spaghetti with Achiote and Basil) •Pastel de Tres Leches (Tres Leches Cake) And much, much more
These are recipes that reflect the incredible breadth and richness of the culinary traditions of the region. Sweeping in its scope, and filled with history and stories, Latinísimo is an utterly essential resource for every kitchen.
About the Author
SANDRA A. GUTIERREZ is a journalist, food writer and historian, professional cooking instructor, and author of four cookbooks. She is considered one of the top national experts on Latin American foodways and on the Southern regional cuisine of the United States. She has been awarded the Les Dames D’Escoffier M. F. K Fisher Grand Prize Award for Excellence in Food Writing and her work has been recognized as part of the permanent FOOD exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She lives in Cary, NC.
“A tour de force . . . A cookbook-shelf essential.” —The Boston Globe
“[An] astonishing, encyclopedic tome on Latin American cooking.” —Saveur
“Latinísimo is as practical and day-to-day useful as it is revelatory. Whether you’re new to the culinary heritage of Latin America or you grew up in the culture and know the traditions in your bones, there’s something to learn on every page and something deeply satisfying to savor in every recipe—each sparkles with Sandra’s genius as a scholar, storyteller, brilliant cook and generous teacher. Latinísimo is a book to treasure today and to pass on to a new generation of cooks tomorrow.” —Dorie Greenspan, New York Times bestselling cookbook author “The culmination of [Gutierrez’s] life’s work . . . Part reference book, part living history, part cookbook.” —The Washington Post “A glimpse into how the region’s many cuisines have evolved through the immigrants who have made Latin America their home . . . The beauty of this comprehensive cookbook: It shows how many present-day culinary traditions transcend borders.” —Bon Appetit
“Full of food that is crave-inspiring and approachable—regardless of the reader’s background—with advice for keeping things simple, as well as in-depth information for those who want to dive deeper into certain ingredients and techniques.” —Eater “If anyone knows the foods of Latin America, it’s Sandra Gutierrez. In this stunning book she shares the full extent of her expertise through more than 300 delicious recipes. These are dishes that people across Latin America enjoy every day and Latinísimo is a book home cooks will be turning to for years to come.” —Pati Jinich, chef, cookbook author and host of PBS’s La Frontera and Pati’s Mexican Table
“Food writer, historian, cooking instructor and author Sandra A. Gutierrez has united all her talents to produce an encyclopedic tome that manages to feel approachable and utterly cookable . . . Whether you’re an aficionado of Latin American cuisine or looking to broaden your repertoire, this is a must-have cookbook for your library.” —Layla Khoury-Hanold, Food Network (Best Cookbooks of 2023) “From a Peruvian version of one-pot spaghetti (Sopa Seca con Albahaca a la Chinchana) to breaded pork chops from Honduras (Chuletas Fritas), there is truly something for everyone included in this gorgeous tome.” —Southern Living
“I have long admired Sandra Gutierrez’s mastery of her craft, and this comprehensive, mouthwatering guide to Latin American home cooking will open your eyes to the depth, breadth, and deliciousness of the region's culinary offerings. A culinary love letter wrapped in a meticulously researched historical and anthropological primer, Latinísimo is a work that reads as well as it cooks.” —Adeena Sussman, author of Sababa and Shabbat: Recipes and Rituals From My Kitchen To Yours
“[A] remarkable new opus . . . Whether you’re hankering to try your hand at homemade tortillas or a Peruvian twist on a pot roast, Gutierrez holds the key to more kitchens—each different from the next, all filled with deliciousness.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Gutierrez shares treasured, time-honored recipes from the Latin American diaspora . . . Deeply researched, interesting and strikingly illustrated. Thanks to Gutierrez’s experience as an educator, home chefs can look forward to learning new techniques as they cook through its pages.” —AARP
“Sandra is at once scholar, cook, cheerleader, ambassador, tour guide, gastronomic wanderer and we are all the better for having gone on this journey through Latin American cooking, appreciating it for the globally impactful tradition that it is, was and will be.” —Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene and Koshersoul