Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking Latin American
Chilean Kitchen, The
Waerebeek-Gonzalez, Ruth Van
Published: August 1, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Born in Belgium, Van Waerebeek-Gonzalez may at first seem an unlikely author for a book on Chilean cooking, yet the many asides that accompany her recipes leave no doubt that she fully understands, and enjoys, the country's
culinary customs. Though the author and her husband own a restaurant in southern Chile, the dishes in her book focus on the simple foods that Chileans prepare at home. Tortilla de Zanahorias, for example, combines garlic and fresh carrots in a thick
omelet that is then sliced and served as an appetizer. Salsa fans will appreciate the zesty Chancho en Piedra, made with garlic, cilantro, oregano and tomatoes, and Pevre Verde, which forgoes tomatoes, relying instead on large quantities of fresh
cilantro and chopped onions. These salsas make a fine accompaniment to the book's many seafood recipes: for example, Seafood Pie layers spicy sausage, mussels and clams in an earthenware dish that is then baked with a topping of crushed corn and basil.
Van Waerebeek-Gonzalez explains each dish's provenance, and in her many sidebars, she introduces readers to typical Chilean customs, such as serving bread with a spread made of mashed avocado seasoned with salt and pepper instead of butter. Though the
dishes may seem a bit bland to those used to spicier South American fare, gourmets who appreciate hearty combinations of simple flavors will be well rewarded.
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windswept shores to the snowcapped Andes, this culinary tour of Chile includes recipes, wines, folklore, and more... from the author of Everybody Eats Well in Belgium.
Whether feasting on boccadillos (tapas) with friends, preparing a seaside
clambake, or attending a festive Plains rodeo, Ruth Van Waerebeek-Gonzales offers a grand tour of Chile's most popular dishes and traditional favorites. Unique in all the world, given the country's long coastline and varying climates, the cuisine of
Chile as captured in the more than 130 recipes make use of all of Chile's bounty--the fruits of the earth, sea, and vine. Easily adaptable for any North American kitchen the recipes run the gamet from succulent seafood to rice and beans, side dishes, and
desserts. Includes coverage of regional Chilean wines.
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