Bistro Latino: Home Cooking Fired up with the Flavors of Latin America

Bistro Latino: Home Cooking Fired up with the Flavors of Latin America

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by Rafael Palomino, Julia Moskin
     
 

What is Bistro Latino? It's skewered shrimp, marinated in a mixture of smoky chipotle chiles and sweet guava paste, grilled to perfection with juicy chunks of pineapple. It's gazpacho like you've never had it -- a refreshing soup of blackberries, strawberries, and peaches, sparked with a little minced red onion and cilantro. And it's mashed potatoes, kicked upSee more details below

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What is Bistro Latino? It's skewered shrimp, marinated in a mixture of smoky chipotle chiles and sweet guava paste, grilled to perfection with juicy chunks of pineapple. It's gazpacho like you've never had it -- a refreshing soup of blackberries, strawberries, and peaches, sparked with a little minced red onion and cilantro. And it's mashed potatoes, kicked up Latin style, whipped together with roasted garlic and black beans.

Bistro Latino is homey, appetite-inspiring food that brings the big, sunny flavors of Latin America -- with a touch of the Mediterranean -- into your kitchen. It's cooking that's familiar -- with a twist.

Bistro Latino is food that is meant to be shared and enjoyed with family or friends. If you're having a get-together, try serving a selection of colorful Bistro Latino cocktails (Pisco Sours,Caipirinha, Mango Mimosas, Passionfruit Batidas) and savory appetizers (Latin Crab Cakes, Spicy Vegetable Empanadas, Tuna Ceviche with Coconut, Goat Cheese and Basil Tamales). Or make your dinner party a family-style affair with Ecuadoran Shrimp and Corn Chowder, Chicken in the Pot, Latin Style, Colombian Pot Roast, or New World Paella. Round out the meal with side dishes like Roasted Corn and Garlic Rice, Potato-Chipotle Gratin, and Mashed Sweet Plantains.

Bistro Latino will give you a whole new vocabulary for everyday cooking.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Restaurateur Palomino (with the assistance of food writer and editor Moskin) comes up with some pretty wacky flavor combinations in this Latin-American fusion cookbook. Palomino is a native of Colombia, and the "straight" Colombian recipes, like those for Cheese Arepas (biscuits so ubiquitous in Colombia that teething babies gum them) and Bogotano Chicken Soup with Capers and Corn, are the most promising here. When Palomino mixes and matches, however, the results are often less appealing. Goat Cheese and Basil Tamales and Whipped Potatoes with Black Beans overreach to incorporate Latin ingredients in the cuisines of other cultures; if the instructions to rinse the arborio rice to be used in Sea Bass and Saffron Risotto are followed, the dish is a risotto in name only. Pan-Roasted Tuna Steaks with Crisp Yuca Crust are made not with fresh yuca but with packaged Terra Chips. Desserts such as Guava Pancakes and Espresso-Almond Brownies are less complicated finales (Palomino justifies the inclusion of chocolate desserts, which are not particularly popular in Latin America, by pointing out that the Mayans drank chocolate in A.D. 400). When sticking to simpler fare like Peruvian Roast Chicken with Purple Potatoes and many of the minimalist recipes in the section on grilling, Palomino is a more reliable guide than when he strains for some nuevo Latino flair. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Palomino, who was born in Colombia, refers to his cooking as in the "Nuevo Mundo" style, with influences not just from Latin America but also from his training in classic French cuisine and his love of the foods of the Mediterranean. His New York City restaurant offers a cross-cultural menu of dishes, from Ecuadoran Seafood Ceviche to Goat Cheese and Basil Tamales to Roast Chicken with Jalapenos and Yuca. Latin American cooking (or various interpretations of it) is one of the emerging culinary trends; recommended for area libraries and other larger collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688155032
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.79(d)

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