This authoritative and admirably comprehensive cookbook recalls the seminal work of culinary pioneers Diana Kennedy and Madhur Jaffrey. Assuming the responsibility of introducing specific and authentic South American cuisine to the American cook, Kijac (Cooking with a Latin Beat) offers a thorough volume that is part reference book and part cookbook. Long chapters about the geography of South America and its pre-Columbian civilizations, as well as a history of cooking in South America precede the hundreds of recipes. A glossary of South American ingredients as well as a dictionary of ingredients are included as well. The recipes are wonderful, if overwhelming in number. Beverages such as Cachaca Sour, salads such as Watercress, Lupini Bean and Avocado, and Mariana's Chicken are must-tries. The Condimentos section will appeal to anyone who loves the zest and bright flavors of salsas. Many of the recipes are homey (Coconut Bread Pudding), making the book even more attractive. Ambitious and informative, this volume belongs on the shelf of the serious cook.
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A sprawling continent comprising many different climates, cultures, and culinary traditions, South America remains the most obscure part of the globe for North American cooks. Thanks in part to The South American Table, by Maria Baez Kijac, South American food promises to become much more a part of the culinary landscape for North Americans. Kijac reminds readers just how many commonplace food products originated in South America: chocolate, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, hot peppers, and pineapple, to mention only some. Political developments influenced the evolution of South American cuisine after Columbus opened the continent to Europeans and the importation of Africans brought unusual reciprocity: South America gave Africa the cassava and sweet potatoes, and slaves introduced African tastes into the cooking of Brazil. One dish appearing in several South American cuisines, tamales differ from one part of the continent to another according to the sort of dough used to hold the filling. The familiar corn masa wrapped in cornhusks appears in Mexican cooking and in some parts of northern South America. But other versions call for potatoes, rice, or yucca, each worth sampling. Meat is critical to Argentine and Brazilian fare, and Kijac supplies marinades and instructions to reproduce these in northern climes. A glossary and a dictionary of ingredient names reflecting Spanish, Portuguese, and native terminologies helps clarify words. In general, recipe ingredients are well identified so that most recipes may be reproduced with a modicum of effort. This is a great introduction to an underappreciated culinary tradition and should be a vital part of any ethnic cookbook collection. Mark Knoblauch
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This book is not bad, but some of the recipes in it certainly leave a lot to be desired. I'd give it four stars if I hadn't literally had to throw food into the trash after making... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miguel
Terrific recipes that are very well tested and researched. Also has a lot of history of the featured countries as well as the local cuisine upon which these recipes are based on.Published 14 months ago by PG
i got this used and it was not in the greatest condition but the book is legible and its good. lots of interesting things to make and read about. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bruinsgoddess
This was a great deal, the book was a good price, and it is in the condition they said it would be. The recipes look interesting too; no photos but I'm an experienced cook, after... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nora
I absolutely love this book! I just returned from a month long trip to Ecuador and was thrilled to find many of the local cuisine recepies in this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by paulina Bolton
A s much as an excellent recopilation of recipes, it is truly an inspiring trip of Latin American foods and cooking practices!Published on June 15, 2013 by Jesus Velez-Borras