Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking Latin American
Fiesta! A Celebration of Latin Hospitality
BREMZEN, ANYA VON
Published: September 1, 1997
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Von Bremzen was born in the Soviet Union and is the coauthor, with Welchman, of the well-known Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook (LJ 12/90). But she's been fascinated by Latin culture and food, she says, since her Moscow
childhood, when many of her friends were the children of Latin expatriates. The recipes in her lively new book come from South America, the Caribbean, and, to a lesser extent, Spain and Portugal. The first chapter includes drinks, dips, and snacks; the
last one, called "Fiesta," offers Roast Suckling Pig, Catalan Christmas Pig, and other feast-day recipes. In between are recipes for every course. Though they may not always be particularly authentic versions of Latin dishes, they are enticing and
mouth-watering. For most collections.
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The secret of Latin hospitality? A magic recipe that combines style and panache with an easygoing, carefree approach. Put out wonderful
food, then party today and do the dishes maana! Fiesta food is vibrant, friendly, generous, and simple. It adds sparkle to casual Sunday dinners, backyard barbecues, informal cocktails, and--certainly--wild Latin parties. No wonder it's the newest
In Fiesta!, Anya von Bremzen perfectly captures the zest and exuberance of Latin food and traditions along with the joyous spirit of the Latin people. She presents a rainbow of empanadas and other enticing snacks; folksy
meal-in-a-bowl soups, such as Colombian Three-Potato Chowder and Brazilian Bouillabaisse; homey yet elegant entrees from Inca Herb-Wrapped Beef to Basque Tuna in Melting Onion Sauce; and--to top it all off--sweets like Caf con Leche Mousse,
Caramel-Pineapple Cheesecake, and Peruvian Pumpkin Doughnuts. On special holiday occasions, celebrate with a famous Venezuelan Ham Bread, Portuguese Mint-Crusted Easter Lamb, or Latin Party Roast Fresh Ham with Cracklings.
Short essays, side
notes, and the recipe introductions all evoke the vibrant music, zest for life, and festive traditions that light up not only the small towns and major cities of Latin America, Portugal, and Spain, but also the burgeoning Latino communities of the United
Photographs by John Welchman in dazzling color and evocative black and white bring Anya von Bremzen's word pictures brilliantly to life, so that reading and looking through Fiesta! will make you want not only to cook these dishes for
friends and family but also to turn up the music and dance to a seductive Latin beat.
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