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on August 7, 2010
Apparently there must not be much to Latin American Cuisine in terms of exotic and maninstream foods. This book was a big disappointment. Most of the recipes were of other ethnic cuisines given a "Daisy" flair. After watching her TV series several times I was intrigued. I was looking to do some serious ethnic cooking especially exoctic Latin American, Cuban, Caribbean, and Puerto Rican fare. I wanted a book that contained many recipes with Mangos, Papayas, Jicima, Plantains, Bananas, Star Anise, various roots and tubers, with different spins on meats, poultry, and seafood. When the book arrived I was disappointed to find that it was filled with classic French, European, and American fare. For example I wasn't looking for recipes like Roasted Chicken with Garlic Rub, Shellfish Saute with Parsley Garlic Sauce, Beefsteak with Onions, Grandma's Pork Chops, Creole Style Potatoes, Fried Okra, Stuffed Artichokes, Chicken with Potatoes and Wine, Fresh Cod with Clam Broth, Mexican Flan, etc. All of these recipes were found in the book and nothing very different from the same recipes that may be found in any other cookbook on Southern, Cajun and Creole, or American fare. In fairness to Daisy, the book did have a few truly Latin American recipes like Sofrito, Achiote Oil, Yucca Fritters, and a good recipe for Cuban Sandwiches. Unfortunately the only thing about this cookbook that will 'rock your world" is the outrageous asking price. Try and find a used copy if you really must have this cookbook. Sorry Daisy.