From the steamy jungles of the YucatAn to the verdant valleys along the Andes, "Latin Grilling" goes beyond typical barbecue fare and familiar Mexican and Tex-Mex standards to present more than 90 recipes that showcase the diversity of Latin American cooking. Acclaimed cooking teacher Lourdes Castro takes you on a culinary tour of the Americas with ten fiestas featuring authentic Latin flavors tailored for home cooking and backyard grilling.
In addition to steak and other grilled meats, "Latin Grilling" includes options for chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetables to offer a bounty of delicious dishes sure to please all of your guests. Kick off your Peruvian party with a trio of fresh ceviches or host a Cuban Cookout complete with a whole roasted hog. With country-by-country entertaining plans and menus including beverages, starters, entrEes, sides, and desserts, this celebration of traditional Latin American grilling is a refreshing change of pace. Lourdes captures the essence of Latin America in each meticulously formulated recipe, and to ensure you feel comfortable at the grill, she shares tips and notes on ingredients, flavor variations, techniques, and entertaining ideas throughout.
Whether you're hosting a festive Brazilian Rodizio kicked off with Caipiroska cocktails and Skewered Shrimp with Coconut Lime Sauce, or a hearty Andean Barbecue featuring Arepas, Grilled Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin, and Chocolate Pudding with Espresso Cream, "Latin Grilling" is sure to get the party started--and keep your amigos coming back for more.
About the Author
Jessica B. Harris is a food and travel writer, culinary historian, and author of 9 cookbooks. She lives in Brooklyn, Martha's Vineyard, and New Orleans.
"Miami chef Castro (Simply Mexican) offers a flavorful addition to the stacks of grilling cookbooks. She offers grilling tips, discusses grilling with wood and charcoal, and writes on rubs, marinades, and glazes. The recipes, written for the novice cook, include Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Cajeta Buttercream (topped with caramel buttercream), Nicaraguan Grilled Skirt Steak (a simple recipe for steak marinated with fresh parsley sauce), and Butter Rum Cake with Lime Icing (a traditional Cuban dessert made with vanilla instant pudding, light rum, vanilla, lime juice, and fresh mint)."
—Library Journal, 6/15/11
"Having directed a culinary academy in Florida, and currently teaching food science at New York University, Castro (Simply Mexican) provides a well-thought-out syllabus balancing the love of grilling up a fiesta with the often overlooked culinary reality that Latin America is "a huge region made up of many countries." Employing 90 different recipes, she creates 10 cookout menus, each with a cocktail, starters, entrees, sides, and a dessert, and each representative of different locales and their various influences. The Yucatecan Barbecue plays off that area's love of citrus with a lime-marinated shrimp and crab, while the Nicaraguan Ranch Roast includes a coffee-rubbed cowboy rib-eye, bringing together two essential staples from that country. Regionalized drinks include a Peruvian pisco sour and Cuba's "national cocktail," the mojito. Coconut cupcakes finish off a Brazilian rodizio, while in the northern Andes, Venezuelan chocolate pudding is the preferred dessert. In addition to the brief food geography lessons that begin each chapter, there are "menu game plans" for plotting out the meal time line, from prepping a day in advance to wrapping leftover grilled pork to use later for cubano sandwiches. (Apr.)"
—Publishers Weekly, 3/21/11