Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass

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Hostesses Carolina Buia and Isabel González have been throwing parties with their signature Latin twists for years, not realizing that this phenomenon was taking hold across the nation. So the duo packed their bags and decided to share ten of their parties near and far, in places like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

With gatherings that range from casual and intimate to full-blown and formal, Latin Chic gives true inspiration to party hosts ...

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Overview

Hostesses Carolina Buia and Isabel González have been throwing parties with their signature Latin twists for years, not realizing that this phenomenon was taking hold across the nation. So the duo packed their bags and decided to share ten of their parties near and far, in places like New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

With gatherings that range from casual and intimate to full-blown and formal, Latin Chic gives true inspiration to party hosts everywhere, no matter what the occasion. Turn a pool party into a sexy tapas affair featuring shaken Coconut Martinis and recipes for Asparagus Spears with Aïoli Caviar Dip and Peruvian Tuna Ceviche.

For fresh, healthful fare, look to "Latina Ladies Who Lunch." Try the Avocado Butter served on Cuban crackers, Cilantro Soup garnished with almonds, and Guava Coolers and Virgin Mojitos. And for a truly unforgettable night, you can't beat a Carnival-themed dance party, complete with Caipirinhas, Pisco Sours, Brazilian Moqueca, and Passion Fruit Mousse.

But there's more to Latin Chic than just fabulous food. Carolina and Isabel offer up dozens of tips on decorating, music, attire, and more. Learn the significance behind many Latin traditions, from gaucho attire to cigar etiquette.

Hundreds of full-color photographs capture the lush, vibrant spirit of the Latin world, transporting you to polo match in the Argentine pampa or a romantic seaside dinner in the Dominican Republic. Each chapter features the fashions of renowned Latin designers, including Carolina Herrera to Narciso Rodriguez.

Let the parties begin with Latin Chic, and let Carolina Buia and Isabel González be your hostesses.

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What People Are Saying

Colin Cowie
Latin Chic is packed with sexy photographs in stunning locations. Its delicious recipes and gorgeous people offers us a window into a very elegant Latin lifestyle. These girls know how to live, party and have fun!
Carolina Herrera
I love the recipes of Latin Chic.... I love our creole food because it's full of flavors, sunshine, and Latin heat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060738716
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Language: Spanish
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,443,677
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabel C. González, of Cuban-American heritage, is Special Progjects Editor at Teen People. She manages the TrendspotterTM program and appears regularly on television, including on VH1 and MTV. She writes about trends, travel, fashion, and decor for Time magazine and the Washington Post. She has written about Latin culture and tradition for Bride's magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and is also a contributing editor for Fuego magazine.

Carolina Buia, born in Valencia, Venezuela, was a former staff reporter for Time magazine, covering Latin American politics and lifestyles. She has written on food, travel, and fashion for publications like Condé Nast Traveler, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald, and is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. Carolina worked as a national on-air reporter for Telemundo and Celebrity Justice.

Carolina Buia, born in Valencia, Venezuela, was a former staff reporter for Time magazine, covering Latin American politics and lifestyles. She has written on food, travel, and fashion for publications like Condé Nast Traveler, the Washington Post, and the Miami Herald, and is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. Carolina worked as a national on-air reporter for Telemundo and Celebrity Justice.

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Latin Chic

Entertaining with Style and Sass
By Isabel Gonzalez

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Isabel Gonzalez
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060738715

Diablitos a Caballo

Malbec Prunes

This recipe will make about 40 prunes

I must credit Ana Maria Alvaro, a Chilean friend who hosts grand cocktail parties in Miami, for sharing this easy and tasty pasa palo, which is what we call hors d'oeuvres in Venezuela. While researching recipes for this book, Ilearned that Aussies and Brits also serve prunes wrapped in bacon. They call them "devils on horseback," a cute moniker that in Spanish translates to diablitos a caballo.

Ingredients:

2 pieces star anise
1 cup red wine, preferably Malbec
One 12-ounce bag pitted prunes (about 40)
5 ounces dried papaya, cut into forty ¼-inch by ½-inch matchstick pieces
20 bacon slices, halved

Instructions: Soak 40 toothpicks in water for at least 20 minutes, then pat them dry. In a bowl large enough to hold the prunes, steep the anise in the wine. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large sheet pan with aluminum foil. With a paring knife, make a small incision at one end of each prune and stuff each prune with a piece of papaya. Soak the prunes in the wine for about an hour, then drain. Wrap a bacon slice around each stuffed prune and secure with a toothpick. Place the prunes on the prepared sheet pan and bake, turning the prunes halfway through, for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Serve warm.


Valencia Martini

Serves 2

Traditional martinis call for vermouth, but I prefer sherry, which, like vermouth, is a fortified wine. Sherry comes from southern Spain, and in my house, my grandmother would sip chilled fino or manzanilla sherry before dinner. These are the driest types of sherry, so they work well in martinis. Sherry can also be sweet, such as cream and moscatel, which tastes best at room temperature to accompany desserts.

Ingredients:

1 ounce dry sherry
4 ounces orange vodka, such as Grey Goose L'Orange
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
2 strips orange zest

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients, except the orange zest, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with orange zest.

Continues...


Excerpted from Latin Chic by Isabel Gonzalez Copyright © 2005 by Isabel Gonzalez. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Sexy, Latin, Fun & Delicious!

    GREAT BOOK! Great content as well as delivery. The quality of the book is outstanding and the diversity in the recipes (for both food and drink) is great. I've tried several recipes (more drinks than food at this point), but all have been delicious. This books is a definite must have for the cook book collector!

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    Fantastic Cook Book !

    I'd say tell all your friends! This book was the Best purchased I made in Years! I have purchased many other cook books, but none could Top Rate my book shelf like this 'Latin Chic cook book'. This Book has made my cooking Faster and very delicious!

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