Latin American Food & Cooking
See also: Spanish Food & Cooking
Latin American Food in General
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.
Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP)
The International Potato Center carries out research on potatoes and other Andean roots and tubers.
Andean Roots and Tubers
Such as achira, ahipa, arracacha, maca, mashua, mauka, oca, ulluco, yacón.
- 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.
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.
Planeta.com: La Olla Latinoamericana
A selection of tested Latin American recipes (in English) compiled by Melissa Biggs for Planeta.com, a clearinghouse for ecotravel in Latin America.
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.
A woman's magazine with a cooking section from Buenos Aires, in Spanish.
El Sabor de Bolivia
Offers a few recipes in Spanish
Includes recipes for feijoada, caipirinha, pao de queijo. In English.
The cooking section of the Terra web portal for Brazil. In Portuguese.
Chile.com: Cocina A la Chilena
A site in Spanish covering the typical dishes of Chile.
Chiloe Island: Typical Food
The island of Chiloe is off the coast of southern Chile and uses lots of seafood and potatoes as well as pork and lard. In English.
Cocinando con Martita
A variety of recipes in Spanish, including "comida chilena" with recipes for Cola de mono, Chicha con harina, Alfajores a la chilenita, and more.
Nuevo Anden: Recetas de comidas chilenas
Chilean recipes in Spanish, including Alfajores, Empanadas, Humitas, Manjar Blanco, Pastel de Choclo, Pebre.
Papas Nativas de Chiloé
This site in Spanish discusses the potato in Chiloe (an island off the southern coast of Chile) where they had 1000 varieties when the Spanish arrived in the 1500s.
Revista Paula: Cocina
A Chilean woman's magazine with a cooking section, in Spanish.
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.
Colombia.com: 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.
Terra.com 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.
Cooks.com Recipe Search: Cuban
A collection of 93 recipes
Emeril Live: Cuban Food
Includes recipes for Cuban Sandwich, Roast Suckling Pig, Fried Sweet Plantains, Ajiaco-Emerilized, and Ham Crouquettes.
Exploring the Culture of Little Havana: Cuban Food
A description of Cuban food in Little Havana in Miami, Florida.
Saveur: Mariana's Havana
An article by Christopher Hirsheimer from Issue #42 with recipes for Shredded Beef, Cuban-Style Black Beans, Garbanzos, Picadillo, Meat-Stuffed Potato Croquettes, Yucca with Garlic Sauce, Yucca Fritters, Malanga Fritters.
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
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.
For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subject Cooking Guatemalan.
False Tongues and Sunday Bread: A Guatemalan and Mayan Cookbook
TX716.G8 M37 1993x
Copeland Marks also wrote a book on Peruvian cuisine.
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.
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."
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.
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 Colmadito.com: 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.
Puerto Rican recipes in Spanish.
- Cocina Criolla
The cooking section of San Salvador's magazine Mujeres, in Spanish.
Red Uruguaya: Recetas Uruguayas