- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401301606
- ISBN-13: 978-1401301606
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daisy Cooks: Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World Hardcover – September 14, 2005
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Martinez serves up a jazzy tie-in to her new public television cooking show of the same name, and while the subtitle's claim that the recipes within will "rock your world" is pure hyperbole, Martinez does offer a decent introduction to Latin "soul food." The overly chirpy tone can feel cloying, yet Martinez succeeds in demystifying staples of Latin cooking. Starting with important such basics as Sofrito (a blend of onions, peppers, tomatoes and herbs that adds "zing" to dishes), Achiote Oil (which also adds a "quick kick") and Recaito (a Sofrito-like seasoning, sans the color and extra liquid), she moves on to tapas, soups, meats, vegetables, starches and desserts. Recipes for the truly cooking-impaired (e.g., Guacamole, Black Beans, Basic White Rice) are unnecessary, but exotic dishes like Breadfruit Tostones (twice-fried crispy chips), Sole Baked in a Banana Leaf, and Stuffed Flank Steak are welcome. Health-conscious readers, beware: this cuisine is laden with animal products, carbs and things fried and refried, and Martinez admits to leaning toward too-large portions, which she calls "Daisy Servings." Still, anyone new to Latin classics like Paella, Ropa Vieja, and Dulce de Leche should find plenty of motivation within these colorful pages. Photos. (Sept.)
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About the Author
Daisy Maria Martinez was born to mainland Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived at her grandmother's house until she was almost five years old. Her extended family includes relatives from Central America, Spain, and other parts of the Spanish-speaking world. She has modeled and acted in commercials and in numerous films including Carlito's Way and Scent of a Woman. She attended Long Island University and the French Culinary Institute before establishing her catering business, The Passionate Palate. Daisy lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn.
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Interestingly, when I did lower the amount of salt in the red beans and rice recipe (also delicious) a Hispanic guest commented that the dish was under-seasoned! It turns out that Puerto Rican food is traditionally very, very well-seasoned. There are only a couple of hard to find ingredients (at least for west-coasters) but easier to find substitutions are given. There are a lot of recipes with cilantro and its cousin, the very elusive and hard-to-find culantro. So if you are one of those people with the gene that makes cilantro taste like burnt plastic, this might not be the book for you.
I have had a good measure of success from this book - and good reviews from several dinner guests. This book will stay on my shelf until I'm no longer allowed to eat salt :-)
A very fun and successful introduction to Latin cooking.
I have wanted to know how to fix "Sofrito" for the longest time and she has the recipe in this book. YAY! That is only one of many delicious recipes that she reveals to us all. All I know is that my background in food is boring compared to Latin Food, and I love that she has incorporated her love of Latin food into her book.
The book is tastefully done (no pun intended) and I am glad to have it as a part of my library of cookbooks.
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There are recipes for all of the traditional dishes my grandmother used to make, even pasteles (the real reason I bought the...Read more