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Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist Hardcover – February 5, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307347346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307347343
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharing a title with that of her TV Food Network show, Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso offers 125 Latin-American recipes that reflect her food-loving vivacity. Dishes like Tamarind-Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Salmon Crevice with Mango, and Chipotle Tamale Pie give some idea of her savory way with the traditional Latin repertoire. Hoffman also includes formulas for sweets like Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwiches and Passion Fruit Mousse, and for and drinks, such as Tart Banana Crush. These are instantly attractive recipes that cooks should have no trouble preparing once ingredients are on hand. (Hoffman provides a handy pantry of necessary items.) She also offers anecdotes and Chica Tips; both help limn her as a happy, serious eater as well as practiced cook. With color illustrations, the book is just the thing when the urge for big flavor strikes. --Arthur Boehm

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In her first cookbook, Hoffmann (star of the eponymous Food Network show) shares her take on classic Latin American dishes as well as spiced-up twists on non-Latin classics. Each recipe, she explains, takes a practical, real approach to food. Hoffmann's many chapters include a breakfast section; appeteasers, as she calls them; salads; main courses; and vegetables. Many familiar Latin recipes are included—tortillas and arroz con pollo, to name a couple. Hoffmann gives a Latin twist to basics like Eggs Benedict and Beef Noodles by adding such ingredients as chipotle chilis. Some of the recipes in this collection are appealing because of their simplicity, like the Lime Chicken with Quick Avocado Salsa, and Cumin Broiled Pork Chops. However, Hoffmann's dishes don't feel particularly inspired or original: for example, Chica tips, scattered throughout, intend to share shortcuts, yet seem silly, and Hoffmann suggests eating lots of beets before beach trips in order to get a better tan. However, the Delicioso Pantry section (a list of ingredients Hoffmann considers indispensable) is informative and includes detailed definitions of various cheeses, fruits, vegetables and seasonings. Hoffmann's recipes in the beginning of the book for classic Latin sauces such as adobo seasoning, sofrito and jalapeno salsa are also good and provide solid building blocks for tasty dishes. (Feb.)
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I highly recommened this Latin/Caribbean Fusion cook book!
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The recipes are well presented and the pictures are very pretty!
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I have made many of her recipes and they've come out great.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By j.s. on February 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been interested in Ingrid Hoffman since her cooking show - "Simply Delicioso" - premiered on Food Network. Its companion cookbook (boasting the same name) matches Hoffman's simple, albeit very flavorful, approach to cooking.

I must warn consumers, however: This is NOT an authentic Latin cookbook. Nor is it trying to be! Hoffman states in her foreward that her recipes contain fusions of American, Latin American, and other cultural approaches to food. Many people have bashed Hoffman and her recipes on [...] (Food Network's site) for not being "authentic." But her goal is not authenticity! It is simply to make easily prepared, delicious food.

I would recommend this cookbook to other cooks (like myself) who do not have the funds to buy an entirely new cabinet of Latin spices and ingredients. This book is most appropriate for those looking to spice up American cuisine with some different, tasty ingredients and experiment with some Latin-themed dishes.

The title portrays the book perfectly: Simple and Delicious!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Glen Powell on May 28, 2008
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Olsen-Keyser on February 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ingrid Hoffmann has attained a place on kitchen shelves across America with her debut cook book Simply Delicioso. Chocked full of recipes with a Latin flair, Hoffman takes our taste buds on a tour to remember.
The first pages of the book are dedicated to Hofmann's own pantry to get a sense of what we are about to undertake in the kitchen. Most of the products are available in your local grocery store making it easy to create any of her luscious dishes. The rest of the book is set up according to salads, fish, poultry, meats, vegetables etc.
One of my favorite salads is the "Papaya and Feta". A delightful mix of sweet and salty, much like melon and prosciutto, this is a wonderful spring and summer salad. Next on my list is the "Golden Sunshine Quinoa Salad". Quinoa is super healthy and this salad includes golden raisins and oranges for a sweet, clean flavor. Hoffmann's "South-of-the-Boarder Bouillabaisse" is an easy substitute to its French counterpart. Continuing the string of favorite mouthwatering recipes are "Brandied Shrimp", "Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts", "Coconut Rice" and "Plantain Chips". The last few pages are reserved for some of the best formulas; drinks and desserts. Her popsicles are to die for!
The majority of the recipes can be tweaked for those of you on a strict diet; I myself have substituted canola oil wherever vegetable oil was called for.
Hoffmann includes "chica tips" at the conclusion of many recipes that provide helpful kitchen information and advice. Lastly, there is a bounty of gorgeous pictures and her anecdotes about each dish are well worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carie Moltkau on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love Ingrid's cooking show "Simply Delicioso" on the Food Network and very excited about her latest cook book. She makes cooking fun and mouth watering with flavors from the Caribbean Islands, South America and Miami. Being half Puerto Rican myself I'm enjoying all the flavors of food I grew up with. Ingrid knows just how to take everyday ingrediants to make her recipes easy and fun for us cooks that have extremely busy schedules. I highly recommened this Latin/Caribbean Fusion cook book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Wilson on April 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ok, let me first say this is not a TOTALLY authentic Latin cookbook. So?? Who cares? This cookbook is an excellent resource for quick, easy-to-make excellent tasting dishes, drinks and desserts. Ingrid is almost the Latin 30-Minute Meal woman, but with more charm, class and appeal than Rachael. I've made many of the recipes in this book and for the most part, they are very good. While I'm not sure how much ketchup is a staple in traditional Latin dishes (she LOVES ketchup and it is in some of the main dishes), most of the items in here are flavorful and very good. I'd recommend to anyone that wants to explore easy to make and great tasting dishes. Also, if you're expecting lots of Mexican recipes, don't come here. There are a few, but Ingrid is Colombian and lives in Miami, so most of these are tropical-type dishes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Prater on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not a cookbook buyer/owner. After watching many of Ingrid Hoffmans' shows, I was waiting for her cookbook to come out. I was very pleased, as well as my husband with the tasty combinations of food. Some unique combinations for the Flavor Packed Peppers were mind boggling at first: Green Olives, apples, tomatoes?!? - But WOW, now my husband and families' favorite. I will never make stuffed peppers with rice again!

Some recipes are simple food prep, others a bit more work. I just simplified all of them and used the food processor for most of the recipes. Her recipes were simple enough to omit items and/or substitute items. I didn't have some of the items and improvised easily. Remember cooking is supposed to be fun.

Her recipes were totally health conscious! Most seasonings for the food were vegetables and fresh/dried herbs. I was so pleased with this, I bought the cookbook for my father for Father's Day. I wrote in notes and comments about all the recipes I already tried. Wish she had another cookbook out already.
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