Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

September 23, 2021
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Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America

Cuban-born Maricel E. Presilla is an authority on Latin American food. She's travelled to every Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas, is the chef and co-owner of two New Jersey restaurants and was named Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic in 2012 by the James Beard Foundation. Add to that a cookbook, or rather a 900-page tome, that was the 2013 James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year, and Presilla might in fact be the authority on all things edible from Mexico to Argentina’s Patagonia.

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, published by W. W. Norton & Company, features 500 recipes that’ll heat up your kitchen. The soupy rice and chicken included here is from Presilla’s own Cuba and is just the one-pot meal you’ll want to come home to when the February weather is frightful. And the flan that she describes as “seductive?” That’s for Valentine’s Day, of course.

Recipes from the book