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Taste of Puerto Rico: Traditional and New Dishes from the Puerto Rican Community

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Yellow rice, papayas, guavas, pina coladas, adobo, cilantro, and recaito - color, spirit, and sun-splashed flavor identify the national cuisine of Puerto Rico. A Taste of Puero Rico is the first major cookbook in years to celebrate the vibrant foods of Puerto Rico, from hearty classics to today's new, light creations. Culinary professional Yvonne Ortiz captures the very best of island cooking in 200 recipes for every course. Adapted for the modern kitchen but completely authentic, these wonderful dishes, bursting...

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Overview

Yellow rice, papayas, guavas, pina coladas, adobo, cilantro, and recaito - color, spirit, and sun-splashed flavor identify the national cuisine of Puerto Rico. A Taste of Puero Rico is the first major cookbook in years to celebrate the vibrant foods of Puerto Rico, from hearty classics to today's new, light creations. Culinary professional Yvonne Ortiz captures the very best of island cooking in 200 recipes for every course. Adapted for the modern kitchen but completely authentic, these wonderful dishes, bursting with tropical tastes, bring a rich and diverse culinary heritage to your table.

Encompassing the history, the heritage, and the future of Puerto Rican cuisine, Ortiz traces the influence of native Taino culture, Spanish conquerors, African slaves, and American merchants. Dispelling the myth that Puerto Rican cooking begins and ends with rice and beans, she presents over 200 recipes that reflect the culinary diversity of the island itself. 308 pp. Author tour.

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Library Journal
Until recently, Puerto Rican cooking has been taken for granted or overlooked here. Now, with Oswald Rivera's Puerto Rican Cooking in America (LJ 11/15/93) and this new book from an accomplished food writer, the situation has begun to change. Ortiz, a Puerto Rican native and French-trained former chef, includes classic and regional specialties (despite the island's small size, distinct culinary differences are evident from one locale to another), recipes that reflect Spanish and African influences, and contemporary dishes from Puerto Rican cooks on the mainland and the island, as well as her own concoctions. Rivera's book emphasizes home-style cooking; although Ortiz includes the traditional dishes, too, her book is somewhat more sophisticated. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452275485
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 140,449
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

A Taste of Puerto Rico Introduction
1. A Historical and Culinary Journey
2. The Basics: the Puerto Rican Pantry
3. Sauces, Dressings, Seasonings, and Marinades
4. Appetizers and Fritters
5. Soups
6. Salads and Vegetable Dishes
7. Plantains and Vegetable Dishes
8. Fish and Shellfish
9. Poultry
10. Beef and Pork
11. Rice, Beans, and Pasta
12. Desserts and Breads
13. Drinks and Beverages

Glossary
Mail Order Sources
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great book for those that are interested on having a real taste for latin food!!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Very good cookbook

    It has alot of great recipes from the Island, very satisfied with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2010

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    Informative

    Ease to use and good illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    An Excellent Example of Puerto Rican Cuisine

    I truly enjoy this cookbook because it not only includes many traditional favorites like Arroz con Gandules and Pasteles, it also gives a brief yet interesting history behind the foods that many of us Puerto Ricans enjoy eating. I have used recipes from this book and I have been very pleased with the results! Being a young, new cook I am grateful to have this book as a guide. And yes, the Arroz con Dulce tastes just like mi abuela's!

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