From Publishers Weekly
Unpretentious Latin home cooking gets a glossy sheen in this friendly, comprehensive cookbook. Martinez—star of the Food Network's Viva Daisy!
—draws from her own Puerto Rican traditions as well as her annual family journeys to Spanish-speaking countries around the world for her ambitious collection of recipes. Martinez also covers a wide array of events, from cocktail parties to elaborate dinner parties and weekend brunches. She tailors her recipes for the time-strapped with such dishes as Faster-Than-Takeout Chicken in Green Sauce alongside special chapters on weeknight dishes, like her guava–cream cheese turnovers with frozen puff pastry and a stitch in time tips for making dishes ahead. Though simplified, her recipes still incorporate their distinct regional flavors—with ingredients such as salt cod, alcaparrado
, and coconut milk. (Mar.)
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"Daisy's authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please." -- Rachael Ray
"Daisy Martinez will make a lot of people, but particularly my wife, Gloria, happy with these Latin dishes." -- Chef Jacques Pépin
"Daisy was a great student, but in this book she proves herself to be a great teacher as well. These recipes are warm, inviting, and intelligent...just like that young, vivacious student!" -- Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute
"Passion, tradition, flavor, and, most important, love -- those are Daisy's main ingredients, and you find them in every dish! From the first recipe I tried (Spicy Pineapple Vinegar!) to the latest (Fava Beans with Serrano Ham and Cream!), Daisy just propels me into the kitchen and makes me want to invite people over." -- Ted Allen, host of Chopped on the Food Network
"To dine at her home is to witness and taste one of America's premier Latino-American chefs. Well, lucky for us, she has created a book with those same home recipes that will take you right back to your home cooking!" -- Chef Art Smith, bestselling author and humanitarian
"Daisy has captured the true spirit of Latin-American cuisine and injected it with a powerful punch." -- Ivy Stark, executive chef of Dos Caminos
"A feast for all our senses!" -- Esmeralda Santiago, bestselling author of When I Was Puerto Rican
"Even if you don't have an abuelita, Daisy Martinez will teach you to cook like a true Boricua." -- Jason Perlow, founder of OffTheBroiler.com
"This is the kind of insanely flavorful food that you will want to eat all the time." -- William Schwalbe, founder of Cookstr.com