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Aunt Clara's Dominican Cookbook Paperback – April 1, 2007
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And then, I came across this book. I have bad and good things to say about this book. Luckily mostly good or I would be US$49.99-short and a disappointed customer.
The good news: The book is absolutely faithful to Dominican cookery. No made-up recipes like many other "Caribbean" cookbooks that promised authentic recipes and delivered none. The recipes are also very simple and don't call for fancy ingredients. The dishes that I have prepared taste exactly like the ones my "mami" prepared. Every recipe has a picture! That was the selling point for me. What point is there in a cookbook that doesn't show you how the dishes are supposed to look at the end? The pictures are fantastic. The book is filled with much more than just recipes and is seasoned with good humor, you can actually enjoy reading it.
My complaints: How comes they had enough money to fill the book with photos but couldn't make it a hardback? This is the kind of book destined to become a family heirloom, it should be a hardback. I hope they make a hardback edition in the future. And second, although the authors give each recipe in its original Spanish name and also in English, I don't agree on how they translated some of the names (perhaps they did it into British English?). But the last one is a minor nitpick really.
Thanks for a wonderful idea that has finally come to fruition.
My only complaint is that I wish the directions were a little more clear; sometimes they are downright ambiguous. This is probably fine for someone who is more familiar with the food, especially if they have seen it prepared before, but for a gringo like me, I am often left questioning what I am supposed to do.
One examples is the recipe for Pera Pina doesn't ever say how much water you are supposed to use, and although sugar is called for in the directions, it isn't listed in the ingredient list. Like I said, if you have made or have seen Pera Pina made before, this wouldn't phase you, but for someone like me, it made it hard to figure out what I was doing.
I think the cookbook could benefit greatly from another editing and a run through in a test kitchen by cooks unfamiliar with Dominican cooking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was extremely excited with this purchase and the opportunity to cook traditional Dominican dishes. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by N Win
Perfect gift for my husband - he is very excited after looking through the recipes.
Looking forward to cooking dinner with a plan tonight!
This book is Spanglish so if you don't speak fluent English or Spanish you will need a dictionary to translate, the recipes are easy to understand...I love this book!!Published on September 4, 2013 by FLOR
Easy purchase and fast shipment ! Easy to read and love the illustrations for each recipe. Helps to know what it's suppose to look like at the end!Published on May 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a must have for 1 gen Dominicans living abroad, and spouses of Dominicans. It's through but not overwhelming, and the anecdotes give good cultural context, and the pictures... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by D. Marti
If you are between this book and "Traditional Dom Cookery" Both written by the same author. buy this one because both have the same exact recipes. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I loved that there were pictures for every recipe. A good book to have so I can make many of these recipes for my loved ones who lived there for a time and can enjoy this food... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Loralee Lago
I love this book, it doesn't get any better than this, I highly recommend it if you want to try a dominican recipe, there's no way going wrong with this book!!!Published on January 15, 2011 by Genn