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05 March 2010

Book Review: Latin Grill by Rafael Palomino and Arlen Gargagliano

Title: Latin Grill: Sultry and Simple Food for Red-Hot Dinners and Parties
Authors: Rafael Palomino with Arlen Gargagliano, photographs by Dan Goldberg
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: March 24, 2010
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN: 9780811866606
Genre: Cooking

About the book:

Play with fire without breaking into a sweat.
Give them sizzling steaks striped with grill marks,
and tropical nectars to sip.
End the night with sticky, luscious desserts.
Smile and relax with your little Latin Grill secret:
easy prep and effortless execution!

Latin Grill gives you simple, passionate meals cooked over fire.

More than 80 recipes for easy-to-make grilled dishes, cooling ceviches, and cocktails such as Blueberry-Pisco Sours and Grilled Pineapple Mojitos to make an occasion of any meal. Grilling and relaxing at home has never been more of a pleasure!

Inspired by the traditional foods of Rafael Palomino's native Colombia and his travels, you, too, are a worldly adventurer who brings the fiesta to the table with uncomplicated recipes for everything from marinades and dipping sauces to appetizers, grilled meats, and desserts. A meal couldn't be simpler or more satisfying than Crisp Tortillas Topped with Prosciutto and Shaved Manchego Cheese or the signature Palomino burger, oozing with melted cheese and avocado. Roasted Muscovy Duck in a Honey-Black Pepper-Pineapple Glaze or Grilled Sea Scallops with a Cumin and Garlic Rub make an easy-yet-sophisticated mid-week dinner. Round out the meal with sides such as Grilled Caesar Salad, grilled asparagus, or sweet plantains.

For a dessert with unanimous appeal, dip homemade Churros into Dulce de Leche, Mora, or Chocolate Sauce or pull out all the stops for your favorite chocoholic with the unforgettable Semisweet Chocolate and Coffee Brioche Bread Pudding.

Whether it's a hot afternoon when grilling is the perfect dinner solution or a winter Sunday that needs to be spiced up . . . this food is no sweat. ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

My Review:

The Latin Grill is a delightful cookbook filled with 80 mouth-watering recipes along with photographs of many of these exquisite dishes. The cookbook is easy to follow and includes a section devoted to explaining how to use this book. After a brief introduction, the merits of gas over charcoal grills is discussed followed by the tools of choice to use while preparing the actual meals presented in this cookbook. Each recipe comes complete with an antidote about the dish itself, the ingredients needed to make the dish and easy to follow steps to make the recipe. I am known for being a relatively poor chef, yet even I made a decent Grilled Caesar Salad, page 47 which I plan to follow up with the Coconut Tres Leches Cake, page 121. From the basics to beverages The Latin Gill has it covered in this is a delightful, cheery, and very user-friendly cookbook that is sure to please anyone who enjoys making and eating good food.

About the authors:

Rafael Palomino, born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in Queens, is the proprietor and executive chef of Sonora in Port Chester, New York, Pacífico in New Haven, Connecticut, and Center Valley, Pennsylvania, and Greenwich Tavern in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the author of Nueva Salsa, Viva la Vida, Fiesta Latina (all from Chronicle Books), and Bistro Latino. Chef Palomino, founder of and, lives with his wife and two children in Bedford, New York.

Arlen Gargagliano is the coauthor of Nueva Salsa, Viva la Vida, and Fiesta Latina, as well as several other books related to Latin-style entertaining. She has lived and traveled in Spain and Latin America, and currently resides with her family in New Rochelle, New York.

Dan Goldberg is a Chicago-based photographer. His work for Chronicle Books includes Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic.

I would live to thank FSB Media for supplying me with a copy of this book. My review was in no part influenced by my receiving a complimentary review copy.



Marie said...

sounds yummy! :-)

fredamans said...

I have this book on the way. Watch for my review, I always post pictures of the recipe I make.