Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Latin Cooking Hardcover – 20 April 2010
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- Publisher : Oxmoor House (20 April 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0848733282
- ISBN-13 : 978-0848733285
- Item Weight : 1 kg 600 g
- Dimensions : 24.77 x 3.18 x 26.67 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The recipe selection from the book is very good; even though when most people think of "Latin" food, they think of Mexican cuisine (I did!), the book tries very hard to include recipes from other latin regions, like central America, South America, and the Caribbean. With so much ground to cover, the book only gets "skin-deep" with some of the dishes; for example, you will only find a handful (maybe 4-5) recipes that can be directly ascribed to "Cuban" cuisine. Still, the recipes that it does provide for a region are most likely the ones you would be interested in preparing, and given that it only has so many pages and so much regional-cuisine ground to cover, I think that this book delivers.
So far, I have only made one thing from here, and that was the Chilaquiles with Chile-Salsa Rojo (or something like that). The recipe was easy to follow, the instructions were perfectly clear, and it tasted great! The techniques section in the back that explained how to use, handle, and prepare dried chiles (and there are alot of chiles in latin cooking) was extremely helpful ... although, I would make a few changes to the seasoning of the chile sauce.
Most of the recipes call for ingredients that are fairly easy to obtain: onions, tortillas, limes, cilantro, etc. The only difficult items to obtain would be the wide variety of chiles that some recipes call for , but most stores and supermarkets carry those items. You shouldn't have any problem finding the ingredients for these recipes, unless you are making something truely "authentic" or true to style - for example, achiote paste for Yucatan-inspired dishes.
Overall, I give this book four stars - It is another great WS book that pairs nicely in the "Essentials" collection, and will have any cook excited to thumb through it! I marked it one star shy of being excellent just because many of the recipes, at least in my household, would not be "staples", nor would they become part of my regular set of "go-to" recipes. I have never been disappointed with recipes from WS before, but they are often ones that I would have to plan out in advance, or at least make a commitment to make. However, if you have a household that really enjoys latin food, or you have more frequent access to some of the ingredients, you may return to this book more times that I did, and give it five stars. All in all, a great book!