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Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Latin Cooking: Recipes & Techniques for Authentic Home-Cooked Meals Hardcover – April 20, 2010
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I think a previous reviewer is a bit misguided in complaining about the inclusion of salad recipes. First of all, this is a French cookbook -- salads are part of the French meal, so naturally they are included in a cookbook about the essentials of French cooking. Secondly, the salad recipes are interesting, and definitely not things I'd otherwise have thought to put together. Salad recipes should not be dismissed as unworthy; rather, they are -- as the cookbook title suggests -- an essential part of French cooking.
I've made a few recipes from this book with plans to make many more; it's an excellent compilation of recipes. "Basic" but still sophisticated, "authentic" without being intimidating. Highly recommend.
The recipe selection from the book is very good; even though when most people think of "Latin" food, they think of Mexican cuisine (I did!), the book tries very hard to include recipes from other latin regions, like central America, South America, and the Caribbean. With so much ground to cover, the book only gets "skin-deep" with some of the dishes; for example, you will only find a handful (maybe 4-5) recipes that can be directly ascribed to "Cuban" cuisine. Still, the recipes that it does provide for a region are most likely the ones you would be interested in preparing, and given that it only has so many pages and so much regional-cuisine ground to cover, I think that this book delivers.
So far, I have only made one thing from here, and that was the Chilaquiles with Chile-Salsa Rojo (or something like that). The recipe was easy to follow, the instructions were perfectly clear, and it tasted great!Read more ›
This isn't simply for beginners, she has recipes for duck confit, and other items that an experienced cook will enjoy making, but anyone who just wants some good home cooking French style will also enjoy this cookbook.
The author runs a cooking school in Provence, and is better known for her other books, including A Pig in Provence. I really liked the way she writes the recipes out, she is understanding of time and budget constraints, something not all foodies are aware of and she isn't blind to the needs of beginner cooks.
Every dish is pictured so you get an idea of the end result.
I also enjoyed the geography of the different regions of France and their cuisine. Some useful tips in buying cheese and wine to go with the meals you make from this book make it even more user friendly.
I was disturbed by the condescending tone of the two 3 star reviews. Just because it isn't difficult to make, taking all day in the kitchen, calling for expensive or difficult to get ingredients doesn't make it a bad French cookbook. In France as elsewhere, family cooks may have limited time, energy and money yet still want to provide a good meal. This book reflects that style of cooking, and it fits with the "Bonne Femme" home cookery of France.
In fact if you like this one, try Carol Colbert ...Read more ›
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I love Williams-Sonoma cookbooks. This is another great one. As the other cookbooks from WS this uses ingredients that are easily found in your pantry or a regular grocery store... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up with Mexican food being cooked by my mother. Some recipes she passed down and some she didn't. The posole recipe in this book is just like I remember it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CottageDarling
This is an awesome cookbook with so many great recipes. Highly recommended if you love Latin food!Published 14 months ago by C. Burnes
I purchased this book at a local discount store for $7 on a whim. In one month I've already made several of the recipes (some even twice). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer