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Nuevo Latino: Recipes That Celebrate the New Latin-American Cuisine Hardcover – October 1, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

The appeal of this exciting, sometimes downright wacky food from the co-owner and chef of New York City's Patria restaurant lies in its bold combinations. Rodriguez fearlessly mixes metaphors in dishes such as Ham Croquetas with Brie and Wilted Kale; sometimes, as with Banana-Lentil Salad, the combinations are traditional, but new to North American palates. The chapter on salsas and mojos (spicy salsas with garlic, citrus and olive oil) fairly crackles with flavor surprises: Papaya-Mustard Salsa; Ruby Grapefruit, Shallot and Cilantro Mojo. Rodriguez's roots are Cuban, but his influences are broadly Latin American, from Nicaraguan Banana Tres Leches to Peruvian Causa, a chilled potato terrine. Background information on basic techniques and recipes, a glossary of unusual ingredients and a handful of mail-order sources enhance the offerings' accessibility. Rodriguez occasionally drops names into his pleasantly chatty recipe headers, and some recipes, e.g., The Smokeless Macanudo, a filled chocolate cake shaped cleverly into cigars, may be better suited to a restaurant menu than home cooking. But on the whole, bright Latin flavors and Rodriguez's unfettered enthusiasm combine in a collection that only a curmudgeon could resist.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Rodriguez first gained fame as the chef of Miami's acclaimed Yuca restaurant, and his New York City restaurant, Patria, has been hot since it opened last year. A Cuban American who grew up in New York, Rodriguez described his food at Yuca as "nuevo cubano," but since then he's expanded his repertoire to include his own interpretations of dishes from throughout Latin America, including Oyster Croquetas with Banana-Lentil Salad and Boniata and Salmon Tamals. The more exotic ingredients may not be easy to find, and some of the dishes include several separate components. But the recipes are clear and well written, and more ambitious cooks will be tempted to try them. For regional (Miami/ New York) libraries and other collections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898157528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898157529
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Is this cool way of cookin?! I'm totally impressed by the style and excitement of this style of cuisine, full of marinades (adobo in Spanish, both dry rub and liquid), and that hot/cool tension of Latino food.
With tropical fruits and Latino veggies and tubers (malanga, yuca, etc) this introduces most of us to an exciting whole new venue of possibilities.
It's all here, drink suggestions and Breads (you've got to try the Yellow Arepas, they're worth the book itself). Amazing array of salsas and mojos, such as Ruby Grapefruit, Shallot and Cilantro Mojo (unblievable flavors).
The offerings here are spectacular, Grilled Flank Steak over Mushroom Ceviche. Who would have thought of that, ceviche applied to small button mushrooms which this guy found in Peruvia through his dad's barber.
Knockout dishes like Original Plantain Coated Mahimahi served with Tamarind Tartar Sauce. Avocado and Pistachio Crusted Gulf Snapper with Black Bean Sauce. Sugarcane Tuna with Malanga Puree and Dried Shrimp Salsa. Mango and Mustard-Glazed Salmon with Calamari Rice.
This review could continue to speak of creative dish after dish. Desserts are equally attractive, with fruit and flans and rice and a neat dish to dazzle your guests from Cuba, Brazo Park Avenue with Banana Mousse.
All nicely packaged by one of the best, Ten Speed Press, with class and style, color photos and rich, vibrant text.
My frontrunner for Latino cooking resource.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Rodriguez is an excellent chef and a great cookbook writer. I bought this after eating a couple of meals in one of his newer restaurants in NYC, Chicama, where the creative ceviches, oyster appetizers and other dishes are absolutely out of this world. Combining unlikely flavors to create new versions of Latin American standards, this book contains many recipes you will want to make over and over. Only challenges: some ingredients are hard to find, and most of the recipes take a little extra preparation. Small price to pay for uncommonly good food.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Diane J. Fischer on January 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
We've just returned from a Caribbean cruise with its final destination in Costa Rica. We were inspired by the diversity of the flavors and food presentation everywhere we visited...so inspired we decided to come home and have a New Year's Latino brunch for friends and neighbors. So, our local library had Nuevo Latino on the shelf and we were on! Douglas Rodriguez' book is well written so that it tells an interesting story of his career journey, and it presents recipes, definitions of ingredients, and presentation ideas in a practical and easy-to-replicate way. Now, even the trips to the grocery store with all these new "foreign" foods in the produce section conjure up memories/ideas from the recipes he's presented. Can't wait to go to New York to experience Patria, but also know that what we made from his book was excellent. Our friends thought we were great cooks! And that's the point of cookbooks, isn't it! Thanks to Nuevo Latino.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC on February 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was one of my very first cookbooks. I received it as a gift and at first was intimated due to the author's / chef's reputation and the book's photographs, which depict dishes as they were presented at Patria, Mr. Rodriguez's former NYC restaurant. Nonetheless, while I'm not a "star chef", I've had great success with several of these recipes and even ventured to make a few variations.
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