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Latin American Food & Cooking

See also: Spanish Food & Cooking


Latin American Food in General

Selected Books

These books will introduce you to some traditional dishes and food of Latin America. Most of the cookbooks under Cooking -- Latin American tend to be Americanized for U.S. tastes. More authentic cookbooks are those specific to each country.

Bladholm, Linda
Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified
TX641.B595 2001x
If the cans and packages and bottles you find in La Reyna in the Strip mystify you, take this book along on your next shopping trip.
Garces, Jose
The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru
The Latin Road Home is a look back at the many food traditions that have shaped Garces' culinary life, beginning with his ancestral home of Ecuador. Jose Garces is an Ecuadorian American chef with restaurants in Philadelphia.
Kijac, Maria Baez.
The South American Table: the Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro, with 450 Recipes
TX716.A1 K55 2003
Kijac not only provides an extensive collection of detailed recipes, she annotates each with information about the dish.
Luard, Elisabeth
The Latin American Kitchen: a Book of Essential Ingredients with More than 200 Authentic Recipes
TX716.A1 L83 2002x
Luard illustrates the use of each Latin American ingredient with great photos and a couple of recipes. Included are less common ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, cassava, chayote, and jicama, along with well known South American staples like chiles, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and beans.
Presilla, Maricel E.
Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America
TX716.A1 P746 2012
Maricel E. Presilla is a Cuban-born culinary historian specializing in the foods of Latin America and Spain. She has two pan-Latin restaurants in the heart of charming Hoboken, NJ: Zafra and Cucharamama. You will find very traditional very Latin recipes here.

Web Sites

  • Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP)
    The International Potato Center carries out research on potatoes and other Andean roots and tubers.
  • Cocina del Mundo
    This world cooking site from Spain offers a large collection of South and Central American recipes, arranged by country. In Spanish.
  • Las Culturas: Food and Recipes
    Links to recipes from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries.
  • David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies: Food in the Americas
    DRCLAS Spring 2001 Newsletter from Harvard University includes a variety of articles and reviews centered on Latin American food and nutrition.
  • Epicurious: Caribbean Recipes
  • Epicurious: Central and South American Recipes
    Recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines.
  • Goya Foods
    This is the website of Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. It offers a large collection of recipes, using Goya ingredients, in both Spanish and English. Included are Ajiaco Criollo (Sancocho), Empanadas de Carne, Moros y Cristianos, Tembleque, and many more.
  • Historia de la Cocina
    The articles in Spanish on this website are written by the Historiadores de la Cocina, Grupo Gastronautas. They cover the history of cooking in Spain, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, the Caribbean.
  • LANIC Food and Nutrition
    Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas at Austin. Large collection of latin food links.
  • Lost Crops of the Incas
    Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation
    This book (published in 1989) from the National Academies Press can be read online or purchased. Anyone who has lived in the Andean region knows that there are many fruits and vegetables in common use there that people in the U.S. have never heard of, much less eaten.
  • Oldways: Latin American Diet Pyramid
    This pyramid represents a healthy, traditional Latin American diet based on two distinct historical periods of the culinary evolution of the peoples of the South American continent, the pre-Columbus and post-Columbus.
  • La Olla Latinoamericana
    A selection of tested Latin American recipes (in English) compiled by Melissa Biggs for, a clearinghouse for ecotravel in Latin America.
  • Univision: Cocina
    Recipes from the Spanish language television network. In Spanish. Articles cover typical food like Arepa de huevo, empanada de maíz, buñuelo, carimañola, papa rellena, patacón pisao.
  • WGBH Boston: Neighborhood Kitchens
    In each episode of this TV series, host Margarita Martinez visits a different ethnic (usually Latino) restaurant and learns three recipes from the chef.

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  • Revista Maru
    A woman's magazine with a cooking section from Buenos Aires, in Spanish.

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    Includes recipes for feijoada, caipirinha, pao de queijo. In English.
  • Terra: Culinaria
    The cooking section of the Terra web portal for Brazil. In Portuguese.


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It is not easy to find books on Colombian cooking outside of Colombia but there are some good ones. Villegas Editores publishes El Sabor de Colombia (The Taste of Colombia) in both English and Spanish, a lovely coffee table book discussing the typical foods of each region.

  • Gastronomia: Colombia
    Typical recipes of Colombia. In Spanish. Includes recipes for envueltos de choclo, mantecada, pandebono, arepas de chocolo, bunuelos, tamal bogotano, cuchuco de trigo con espinazo de cerdo, ajiaco, sancocho and more.
  • Colombia en la Mesa
    A selection of very typical Colombian dishes including Cuchuco de Trigo and Changua.
  • Juan Valdez Cafe
    recipes and preparation tips from the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia. In English.
  • Nikas-Culinaria: Colombian Food
    The blog from Nika, a Colombian expatriate in Massachusetts. Look here for instructions on making arepa con huevo, empanadas, lechona, etc.
  • Ocati: Colombian Tropical Fruits
    Ocati is one of Colombia´s leading tropical fresh fruit exporters to Japan and Europe. Colombia is blessed in being an Andean country (so it uses a lot of potatoes and root crops) but also a tropical country (so it has lots of exotic fruits like curuba, maracuya, lulo and tomate de arbol as well as yuca or manioc). You can see what these fruits look like on the Ocati website.
  • Colombia: Gastronomia
    This major Colombian Internet portal offers an extensive collection of recipes in Spanish in every major category. For instance, there are 269 soup recipes. Included in each are typical Colombian recipes, including Ajiaco de arracacha, Ajiaco bogotano, Caldo de papas. You can also select recipes by region.

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Dominican Republic

  • Aunt Clara's Dominican Cooking
    History of Dominican cuisine, ingredients, preparation, stories and recipes of the Dominican and Caribbean cuisine This version is in English. See below for the Spanish.
  • La Cocina de Tía Clara
    Encontrarás aquí una guía completa para hacer los platos mas deliciosos de una manera simple, rápida y divertida, porque en estos días todos tenemos poco tiempo y menos ganas de pasar tiempo en la cocina. Comparte cada semana nuestras recetas, sencillas y sin complicaciones; encuentra datos sobre la cocina criolla, artículos interesantes y mucho mas en la única revista en línea de cocina en República Dominicana.
  • CEU Dominican Recipe Box
    Dominican recipes in English to download.
  • Cooking with Carolina
    Traditional recipes.



  • La Receta de Hoy: Cocina ecuatoriana
    Recipes in Spanish from this daily newspaper arranged alphabetically
  • Terra Incognita: Allimicuna
    "Julio Pazos Barrera nos entrega en cada edición de Ecuador Terra Incognita, interesantes artículos sobre el variado arte culinario del Ecuador." Articles in Spanish about typical food stuffs in Ecuador.

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For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject Cooking Guatemalan.

Marks, Copeland
False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook
TX716.G8 M37 1993x
Copeland Marks also wrote a book on Peruvian cuisine.

Web Sites

  • Antigua Daily: Guatemalan Tamales for Christmas: colorado, negro & chuchito
    Photos of three typical Guatemalan tamales.
  • Guatemalan Cuisine: Fiambre Slideshow
    This blog in English describes the Guatemalan Day of the Dead meal: "Fiambre, a salad made from cold cuts, all kinds of meats, fish, vegetables and pickled vegetables, is served on November 1st, after a visit to the cemetery. Fiambre is a cold meal of Spanish origin, possibly from the Extremadura provinces in Spain. Fiambre is a very special meal for Guatemalans and it is only available on November 1st and 2nd." The site has additional photos and descriptions of Guatemalan food that really make you want to visit!
  • Quetzalnet: Recetas Chapinas
    Includes recipes for typical foods, particularly for el dia de los muertos. In Spanish.

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  • Cocina en Peru - Yanuq
    This fairly extensive website of cooking is available now only in Spanish. The Peruvian recipes are indicated by a red and white flag.
  • Gourmet Magazine: South America
    These are articles from their archives with the keyword south america.
  • Gourmet Magazine: Next Stop Lima
    August, 2006: "With Peruvians returning home after years of eating and cooking abroad, the country’s cuisine is more cosmopolitan than ever. And you thought Paris was the culinary center of the world."
  • Gastronomia
    A variety of recipes in Spanish categorized into entradas, segundos and postres (appetizers, main courses and desserts).
  • Recetas de Mama
    This website offers a variety of recipes in Spanish. At the bottom of the page you can click on "Translate this page" and it will send it off to the Google Translater and turn it into English.
  • Sabores del Peru (Flavors of Peru)
    Web site de recetas de cocina peruana. This site in Spanish is by the Patronato del Peru whose mission is to conserve the cultural and natural heritage of Peru. If offers a wide collection of traditional recipes, such as causa, cebiche, chilcano, chupe, and more. Fortunately they are illustrated with photos in case you are unfamiliar with the terminology.
  • Yanuq: Cocina Peruana
    "En el idioma de los antiguos peruanos yanuq significaba el hogar, la cocina, el centro de la casa..." This website in Spanish, with an English version, was created to introduce the world to the sophistication of Peruvian cuisine. Included are "light" dishes and dishes for two. You can even save the recipes in your recipe box.

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Puerto Rico

  • El Boricua: Recipes
    Information about Puerto Rican food in English from a monthly bilingual cultural publication for Puerto Ricans. Covers the topics of Cocina Criolla, History, Vocabulary, Arroz (rice), Plátanos, Coconuts but there aren't many recipes.
  • El Recipes
    This Puerto Rican Internet store offers a selection of typical recipes in both Spanish and English.
  • Welcome to Puerto Rico: Food and Drink
    An overview of Puerto Rican food and some traditional dishes.


El Salvador

  • Mujeres: Cocina
    The cooking section of San Salvador's magazine Mujeres, in Spanish.

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