This bilingual English / Spanish cookbook is absolutely FABULOUS!!! Liora Cohen has done an excellent job compiling a variety of recipes that are delicious and prepared easily with common ingredients. This cookbook has everything you could ever want in it. A friend of mine just came from Mexico and she didn't know how to cook an American Thanksgiving dinner. I shared recipes from this book with my friend. It was ALL in this cookbook!!, right there for her in Spanish!!! Thanksgiving Turkey, recipe 288; Turkey Stuffing, recipe 171; Carrot Cake, recipe 125, etc. There are three flan recipes, two for regular flan and one for coconut flan, that I intend to try as soon as I get the chance. There's a nice recipe for red beans and rice. This cookbook is spiral bound so the pages lie flat, and the spiral binding is very strong and durable. The recipes are similar to fund-raising type cookbooks (everyone's favorite recipes), with 308 recipes in this book. There is Spanish on one side of the page and English on the other side. A lot of the recipes are fundraiser-favorite types of food, but with popular Spanish food also, such as Black Beans (Oh! Good!!), Mexican Lasagne (different and tasty), Meat Empanadas, Cactus Leaf Salad (Nopales Salad), etc. There are lots of different recipes, and even more of the "home cooking" type. At the end of this book, Ms. Cohen has added twenty pages of extra help. Included are Heart Healthy Hints & Low Calorie Substitutions. Also, there are lots of useful conversion charts as an added extra (You don't need them to cook from the book as everything is very clear in the recipe instructions, but it's interesting to have ounces to grams, Fahrenheit to Celcius, inches to centimeters, liquid measures and dry measures). There is also a useful yield chart included (example: 1 lb. cabbage head = 4 1/2 cups shredded; 1 lb. carrots = 3 cups shredded; LOTS MORE!) There are drawings of lots of kitchen utensils with their names in English and Spanish. VERY HELPFUL!!! Now I know the names of kitchen items in Spanish, or if I forget, I can refer back to this book. The funnest part about this book to me is the bilingual aspect. It's EXCELLENT for learning even more Spanish, and how to say things that aren't exactly in textbooks. :-) Sometimes, I just read this book for fun, with no intentions of cooking, although it's a SUPER cookbook too! It's also enjoyable to share with friends and family in either English or Spanish. This book has been proofread very carefully, and it is professionally done. I appreciate what Ms. Cohen has done in putting it together. It's one of my very favorite cookbooks. ESTE LIBRO ES FABULOSO!!! I HIGHLY recommend it!... and I'm an acquisitions librarian that has seen a lot of books! Thanks again, Ms. Cohen, for a job well done.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 23 years ago
This is a fantastic cookbook for people with an interest in Latin cooking. There are also more modern takes on traditional recipes, which makes it easier, as well, to eat healthier (avoiding some of the fats, etc.). I lived in Latin America for many years, and this is the gift that I give to friends who are heading out to the Spanish speaking world. I guarantee them that they, and their friends, will use it over and over again.
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