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Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010

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Unpretentious Latin home cooking gets a glossy sheen in this friendly, comprehensive cookbook. Martinez—star of the Food Network's Viva Daisy!—draws from her own Puerto Rican traditions as well as her annual family journeys to Spanish-speaking countries around the world for her ambitious collection of recipes. Martinez also covers a wide array of events, from cocktail parties to elaborate dinner parties and weekend brunches. She tailors her recipes for the time-strapped with such dishes as Faster-Than-Takeout Chicken in Green Sauce alongside special chapters on weeknight dishes, like her guava–cream cheese turnovers with frozen puff pastry and a stitch in time tips for making dishes ahead. Though simplified, her recipes still incorporate their distinct regional flavors—with ingredients such as salt cod, alcaparrado, and coconut milk. (Mar.)
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"Daisy's authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please." -- Rachael Ray

"Daisy Martinez will make a lot of people, but particularly my wife, Gloria, happy with these Latin dishes." -- Chef Jacques PÉpin

"Daisy was a great student, but in this book she proves herself to be a great teacher as well. These recipes are warm, inviting, and intelligent...just like that young, vivacious student!" -- Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute

"Passion, tradition, flavor, and, most important, love -- those are Daisy's main ingredients, and you find them in every dish! From the first recipe I tried (Spicy Pineapple Vinegar!) to the latest (Fava Beans with Serrano Ham and Cream!), Daisy just propels me into the kitchen and makes me want to invite people over." -- Ted Allen, host of Chopped on the Food Network

"To dine at her home is to witness and taste one of America's premier Latino-American chefs. Well, lucky for us, she has created a book with those same home recipes that will take you right back to your home cooking!" -- Chef Art Smith, bestselling author and humanitarian

"Daisy has captured the true spirit of Latin-American cuisine and injected it with a powerful punch." -- Ivy Stark, executive chef of Dos Caminos

"A feast for all our senses!" -- Esmeralda Santiago, bestselling author of When I Was Puerto Rican

"Even if you don't have an abuelita, Daisy Martinez will teach you to cook like a true Boricua." -- Jason Perlow, founder of OffTheBroiler.com

"This is the kind of insanely flavorful food that you will want to eat all the time." -- William Schwalbe, founder of Cookstr.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439157537
  • ASIN: B0048ELD6O
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a fan of Daisy Martinez for years. In her first cookbook, she gave us the traditions and flavors of Puerto Rico-which is her family background as well as mine. Those recipes allow me to share family traditions with my children and pass them on to the next generation, the flavors my grandmother passed down to us. With her second cookbook, "Daisy:Morning, Noon and Night:Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes", she has brought us the flavors from all over Latin America, which shows just how diverse and wonderful our cooking styles, cultures and people are.
That said this book is for anyone that wants to change up the same old routine! Enjoy!
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I have Daisy's first book and it is one of my fave cookbooks--so much so, pages are literally falling out of it. It is clear and concise. When this book came along, I knew I had to have it and even bought one for my sister's b'day gift as she didn't have Daisy's first book. However, this book leaves me a bit flat, almost as much as her arepa recipe turned out--a disaster, I threw it all out. Very disappointing b/c I am an experienced cook and this doesn't usually happen to me. I found out AFTER the fact that one of the ingredients, "precooked white cornmeal," was not the same white cornmeal I had. Daisy casually mentions a brand to use but NEVER says it is IMPERATIVE to use THAT brand for correct results, duh. Not to be deterred, I then sought out and bought the correct precooked cornmeal (Harina P.A.N.) and tried again, much better, but I probably won't make it again, nothing stellar. Ironically, a footnote at bottom of that recipe said that by using 1/4 cupfuls of the batter it would yield 12 larger 4" arepas...not! It only made six, not even close to 12. So this was a second goof in that one recipe alone! Geesh. I made her limeaid, a simple beverage, and it used some vanilla extract. I thought it odd but I followed the recipe and put it in...didn't like that backnote of flavor at all, so I made a written notation in my cookbook to OMIT that the next time. So out of 2 recipes, neither was one to write home about.

I hope the other recipes I have tagged don't leave critical info out so I can help salvage my 3-star rating which I leave as is until I give other recipes a fair chance.
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Daisy outdid herself with Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night. My husband learned how to cook with Daisy Cooks and he is so looking forward to learning more. Daisy's recipes are not only delicious but simply. My husband follows her recipes to the T. My husband is Black and I am Puerto Rican and he makes a better sofrito, achoite, arroz con gandules and pernil than me. He quickly browsed the book and already went to the store and bought chorizo to make "Eggs with Chorizo and Ripe Plantain".
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One of the first recipes I made was the Mayan Omelet. It combined spinach, arugula, and cremini mushrooms. The arugula was too bitter for me and I'll leave out next time. But the omelet was very good nonetheless. Next time I would add manchego cheese which I was surprised was not included in the recipe. I later made the Asparagus with browned butter and pecans. I did not like the taste of boiled asparagus and would probably roast it next time with olive oil. Since the pecans were still whole it was difficult to eat together. I would crush the pecans next time so they'd actually stick to the asparagus, more like a coating?
What I didn't like was recipes starting at the bottom of the page and then continuing on the next page. You were flipping pages back and forth while preparing dinner and it was just awkward. Not many pictures at all. I made the grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and there wasn't nearly enough sauce for the 4 steaks. You'd have to double if not triple the recipe to get the necessary amount of sauce. I liked the recipes but every single one I had to change, alter, add. I would suggest sticking with her first book. This one is OK, but the first book is so much better.
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I really liked this book, I only tried one recipe the arroz con pollo. Even went out got a pallera and a food processor for the sofrito. I usually just get mine at the store. So it came out okay.... i felt like i followed everything to a T, and i am an amazing cook. but i felt like it was missing something, dunno. i like the achoite oil, i have heard a lot about it, but never used it, never seen it at the spanish super, now i know you make it duh, lol. I did not feel like it gave the food any extra flavor but color was real nice.
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I have been reading and using Daisy's first (PBS) cookbook and I have been blown away by it. I watch her PBS series (from 2005) over and over again. She's such a spitfire! And her recipes seem so authentic. I have searched out culantro and been mightily impressed.
This new book. I don't know. I know I won't use it as often as the first. She looks like a Soccer Mom, now, and she uses shortcuts in some of the recipes (Minute rice!)
I say, DAISY!. get back to your roots and teach us more of the authentic latin cuisines you know. I've got your old sofrito bagged in my freezer in 1/2 cup portions. And I loved the themesong to your first series. Takes a good half hour to get it out of my mind after each episode. First cookbook was nominated for prestigious awards, and it deserved them. Get back to that state of mind and I'll give your next book a try, but not without checking it out in person at a brick and mortar store before ordering online. Please return to the basics of Latin cooking and make us follow you, not you follow American ingredients. I love you Daisy! You should definitely be up there with Rick Bayless, considering your wonderful Latino upbringing.
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