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A Feast Fiesta

One of the benefits of living in the American melting pot is the rich mix of cuisines that make up our national diet. As National Hispanic Heritage Month continues, why not honor this vital part of American culture with a feast of Latino origin?

Because the Hispanic-American culture has roots in many different countries, its traditional dishes vary greatly depending on the regions from which they hail. From Mexican enchiladas to Caribbean picadillo to the tamales invented by Latin America's native peoples, Latino foods surely offer something to satisfy every palate. You don't have to dine out to enjoy these delicacies. With the wide selection of cookbooks available through your library, you can create a feast fit for a fiesta in your own kitchen! Let us give you some suggestions to get you started.

Spirit of the Earth Spirit of the Earth: Native Cooking from Latin America by Beverly Cox

Award-winning authors celebrate the rich cuisine of native Lain American cultures.



Mexico A World of Food: Mexico by Geoff Barker

Dive into this feast of tasty facts about the food and cooking of Mexico. Learn all about the climate, history, religion, and culture of Mexico and how they have influenced the national cuisine.



Daisy's Holiday Cooking Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining by Daisy Martinez.

Daisy Martinez offers up a mix of traditional and modern Latin American cuisine to turn every holiday meal into an unforgettable experience.



Un Toque de Sabor Latino: Un Libro de Cocina Bilingue y Educativo/ A Taste of Latino Cultures: A Bilingual, Educational Cookbook by George Kunzel.

A native of Colombia, Kunzel has lived in the U.S. since he was 17. Although he spent many years working in the telecommunications industry and is now a project management consultant, he has long enjoyed an active interest in cooking. Here he channels that interest into a unique bilingual text offering brief descriptions of several Latino countries and cultures--their populations, geographies, and histories--coupled with recipes and learning extension ideas. Featuring information and recipes from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Columbia, the text offers educators, students, and interested general readers an introduction to some of the Latino cultures represented in the ever-increasing population of Hispanics in the U.S.

Book of Caribbean Cooking The Book of Caribbean Cooking   by Leslie Mackley.

Taste the fiery flavor of the Caribbean's culinary melting pot...

As varied and intense in taste as it is simple to cook, Caribbean cuisine is a fascinating mixture of styles from the many nationalities who have settled throughout the Islands over the centuries. From "one-pot" cooking to more elaborate meals, from meat and fish to vegetarian delights, the food is always colorful and full of flavor. Spiced with hot pepper sauces, fragrant marinades and fiery spice rubs, these recipes are easy to prepare using the step-by-step, full-color photographs.

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