I *Heart* Cookbooks!
What do I love better than cooking? (Okay, my husband and kids, but that’s not important right now.)
I love COOKBOOKS.
And being the highly imaginative (okay, slightly delusional) individual that I am, I feel like I’m carrying on an ongoing conversation, in other words a Tiki Tiki about food:
“Yes, tell me Ina, how would you do this?” or “Seriously, Giada, that is completely inspired!”
For Cuban food my favorite cookbook is still Memories of a Cuban Kitchen by Mary Urrutia Randelman and Joan Schwartz.
And of course, these are my favorite three guys, Glenn N. Lindgren, Raul Musibay, and Jorge Castillo, who co-wrote the fabulous Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban.
Naturally, I love Cuban food, but I am also partial to the cuisines of other Hispanic cultures.
For Puerto Rican food, there is the wonderful Puerto Rican Cookery by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli. “Oye, Carmen! That is the perfect way to caramelize a pan.”
And don’t even get me started on my love of Spanish food! I love that the author is in love with Spanish food, too. “I know, Anya. I love the way you think.” Anya von Bremzen is the author and Spanish Food Lover of The New Spanish Table.
I’m sure there are more authentic Mexican cookbooks out there, but I dearly love this one from a restaurateur in Austin, Texas (plus the book itself is a work of art, but that’s not important right now either.) Fonda San Miguel: Thirty Years of Food and Art by Tom Gilliland, Miguel Ravago, and Virginia B. Wood.
If you want authentic Columbian, you need the Secrets of Columbian Cooking by Patricia McCausland-Gallo. I just have two words for you: “Yuca balls.” That is all.
By the way, I wrote a cookbook, too (she said, modestly). It’s called My Big, Fat, Cuban Family Cookbook by Marta M. Darby. (Hey! that’s me! =D)
I know I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of Hispanic Cookbookdom. So, I’m going to need some help here.
Tell me your three favorite Hispanic Cookbooks. I seriously want to know. Let’s keep the Food Tiki Tiki going….