Latin American cuisine is complex and varied, covering a vast region and, like all great cuisines, influenced by invasions, migrations, immigration and ancient traditions. It's impossible to pick just one cookbook to cover everything. Even so, there must be a few that you find yourself going to again and again. What are your favorite Latin American cookbooks? Mexico! Cuba! Argentina! Brazil! El Savador! Chile! Latin America produces some of the world's most flavorful, vibrant and popular foods. There's so much to explore and experiment with in the Latin American culinary repertoire, so it's time for us to go beyond guacamole and chips and discover these wonderful cuisines. (Not that we should forgo guacamole and chips all together. That would be just too sad.)
These days it's possible to find Latin American cookbooks for vegetarians and vegans, as well as volumes dedicated to low-fat, low carb and diabetic cooking. And while we can thank people like Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless for their contributions to bringing these flavors to non-Latin American tables, it's also nice to see people native to the many countries of Latin American penning their own cookbooks. Francis Mallman's Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way would have to be one of my favorites.
What Latin American cookbooks have you found to be the most inspirational and authentic?