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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159298553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592985531
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Amalia Moreno-Damgaard's cookbook cajoles and lures you into becoming a participant in her Guatemalan kitchen and to leave thoroughly satisfied. Her recipes make even the most complicated traditional dishes, such as Mole de Plátano and spicy chicken and pork vegetable stew, Pepián Negro, quite easy to prepare, just as though she is leaning over your shoulder as you prepare the foods she obviously cares for passionately.'' -- Marilyn Tausend, author of Cocina de la Familia, Mexico the Beautiful, Savoring Mexico: Recipes and Reflections on Mexican Cooking, and La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine

''Amalia is a true ambassador for Latin American cuisine. Each dish she prepares brings a new and exciting adventure of flavors to the table. Her food is genuine and amazingly delicious!'' -- Jim Kleinsasser, former NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings

''Amalia's recipes are fresh, healthy, and enticing with flavors of the Latin culinary cultures. Her robust and bold dishes make guests feel like they are having a family feast right in her grandmother's kitchen, cooked the way her grandmother taught her, with love, attention, and dedication.'' -- Tom McKinney, executive director, Make-A-Wish Minnesota

''Amalia is a rising star in the international culinary world and, with this new guide to Guatemalan cooking, has proven she can write as well as she cooks. These are savory, authentic dishes, but also absolutely cookable! Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen is the place where I'll hang when I'm hungry for good food. Buen provecho, indeed! Happy cooking!'' -- --Bill Huebsch, chair of the board, Common Hope

About the Author

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard's love affair with cooking started where so many others do: in her grandmother's kitchen. Hers was in Guatemala. ''I still remember the flavors I grew to love as a girl,'' Amalia says. ''I remember the banana leaves, Guatemalan chiles, the cinnamon, loroco, chipilín, and all those native spices and flowers.'' As an adult, Amalia immigrated to the United States for college and had a first career in international banking. After earning an executive master's degree in international business from St. Louis University, she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. Later she founded Amalia Latin Gourmet with a Cultural Flair (AmaliaLLC.com), a business designed to help others develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through gourmet cuisine. Since then, she has been delivering a cultural and culinary experience to many Fortune 100 and 500 companies, nonprofits, historical societies, universities and schools, and others through custom events.

Worldwide traveling has further enhanced Amalia's culinary and cultural perspective. During her second career, Amalia has supported many community-driven organizations through charitable donations of her time and skills and also co-founded Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (wemn.org), a nonprofit organization that fosters women entrepreneurship. Amalia also does consulting and custom recipe development.

She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Kenn (whose Danish origins add another cultural influence to Amalia's kitchen), and their son Jens.

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These recipes are so authentic and easy to follow.
Claudia Buck
This book is full of beautiful photography, cultural information, and of course, great recipes.
KateMpls
Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen is an amazing cookbook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D Kolnick on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My wife Rosa, who is Guatemalan, bought this excellent cook book. She bought it because she says that the recipes are not only genuine but they are in English which is also very helpful and useful. The presentation is very delicate and the pictures are so vibrant. I cannot wait to start cooking with my wife some of these delicious meals and enjoy each bite!
Jeffrey Kolnick and Rosa Tock
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M Longo on November 17, 2012
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Amalia's cookbook is extremely well organized for chefs of all levels. She has incorporated wonderful pictures with simple, easy to understand (and follow) instructions. This is a great way to incorporate up to 170 different recipes into your routine, many of which will become family staples. Buen Provecho!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HJPeters on February 9, 2014
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This cookbook is beautifully written, well organized and the pictures are amazing! In the beginning of the book the author shares a brief bit about the culture, history and highlights in Guatemala. The recipes I've made were delicious and easy to do. At the end of each recipe, the author includes "Amalia's Notes," which are tips to help make the recipe, change it, or store it so it re-cooks well. The Breaded Marinated Pork Cutlets were so flavorful and interesting with cornflake crumbs instead of the typical bread crumbs (I used Amaranth flakes). The Herbed Pickled Cabbage Slaw was tasty and fresh with a nice kick from the Serrano pepper. The Potato Puree with Olive Oil and Parsley was very easy to prepare and still flavorful too. I'm looking forward to summer and trying out some of the delicious barbecue recipes. I'd highly recommend this cookbook to anyone interested in easy-to-make recipes that have great flavor!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Balaguera on August 13, 2013
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I am thrilled about Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen book. The book contains fabulous and easy to follow recipes combined with information about the origin of the dishes and relevant cultural topics that allow the reader see through the window of delicious food the richness of a marvelous culture. I also love Amalia's notes; she provides tips on how to handle the ingredients, different combinations or ideas to complement the dish and sometimes suggestions on ingredients that can be used as substitutes. The graphics and pictures are also beautiful and inviting. It is very unique way to immerse food and culture. Personally Knowing Amalia's professionalism I am not surprised to see what a wonderful job she has done with her book, and definitely look forward to see her next book soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom on January 20, 2013
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This cookbook is simply excellent. The recipes are easy to follow and delicious, the cultural information is interesting and enlightening, and the book itself is beautiful with its colorful page borders and photographs. I believe that any "foodie" would enjoy the recipes in this book, and I highly recommend it for any adoptive family seeking to keep the heritage of their Guatemalan children present in a tangible way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lundquist on May 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this cookbook. I had never had Guatemalan food before trying recipes in this book so wasn't quite sure what to expect. I expected the food to be good, as I have liked the food I have tried while traveling in other Central American countries. I never expected to like every single recipe that I have tried, and I have tried many since getting the book at Christmas.

The recipes are full of complex flavors and tasty ingredients. I love how Amalia uses spices and chiles to provide depth and flavor. The recipes aren't difficult either, although they have a few more steps than I am used to. But the recipes are clearly written and explain step-by-step what you need to do. I made tamales for New Year's Eve (my first time) and they were so delicious. The BBQ recipes are tasty (we had a Guatemalan BBQ for Memorial Day) and the stews and other meat dishes are as good as the others. Her tips for the recipes are useful too.

I really can't recommend this cookbook enough for anyone curious about Guatemalan cuisine, or for someone already familiar with it but looking for some new recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill E. Axline on September 27, 2013
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I'm an on-the-go kind of gal with lots going on and lots of people to please when I cook. Bearing that in mind, when I'm searching for cook books, I'm looking for a few key things: a) variety across courses (appetizer, entree, side, dessert, etc.) and relative lightness of fare (thick, creamy, stewy options vs. tangy, citrus-y, vinegar-y options); b) concise instructions and dazzling visuals; c) delicious dishes with short, easy preparation; and d) recipes that don't require my purchasing inane ingredients that I will never use again. Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen hits every item on my list and has amazing cocktails and other traditional beverages to boot! It is a highly personalized guide that makes what seems like a complex recipe into an easily executable task. I've grabbed for this book to both liven up random weekdays and plan more extensive menus for larger dinner parties. It's no-brainer for all occasions. I would highly recommend this book and am actively awaiting Amalia's next creation!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tamalyn on September 17, 2013
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Amalia's cookbook is the prettiest cookbook I have- and I have a lot of cookbooks. The colors, the photos, the design makes it so fun to pick up and read through and inspires me to cook more. The recipes are so authentic to Guatemala, but explained in such a simple way. I especially like the section on pantry items and the tips on where to find things to make Guatemalan dishes if you are in the United States. I made "moshito", Guatemalan oatmeal and my kids say I have finally made it like the vecinas (or neighbors) and abuelas (grandmothers) do. I have been trying for awhile, as mosh is so yummy to drink and good for my kids nutrition. I recommend this cookbook to anyone who wants to get to know Guatemala better.
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Award-winning and bestselling author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is a Guatemalan-American chef born and raised in Guatemala City. Amalia is a Latin food and culture writer, recipe developer, cultural strategist, consultant and founder of Amalia, LLC (AmaliaLLC.com), a business designed to help people develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through healthy gourmet cuisine. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and is currently writing her second book. Her first book, Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair (see video at bottom right), has won 9 international awards, including Best Foreign Cuisine Book USA by Gourmand World Cookbooks from Paris, France. Amalia is a bilingual contributing writer for Guatemala's Revue Magazine and Guatemala's leading newspaper Siglo21, and for Latino American Today, a Twin Cities publication.

Prior to this, Amalia had an executive career in international banking and earned a Masters in International Business and Culture from St. Louis University and also co-founded Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN.org), a nonprofit in the Twin Cities that fosters women entrepreneurship through networking and education.

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