In Latin America, which consists of 20 countries and all of South and Central America, there are over seven million square miles and nearly 650 million people.
As a result, it has one of the world’s most diverse cuisines, drawing from different cultures and eras. While some cuisines enjoy widespread recognition, such as Mexican food’s popularity in the United Kingdom, other, less well-known cuisines, such as Cuba’s Ropa Vieja, a meaty casserole-like dish, and Peru’s Tacu Tacu, a meal of rice, meat, and dumplings, are just as appetizing.
If you’re unfamiliar with Latin American cuisine but would like to learn, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best cookbooks available that will teach you how to make everything from simple dishes ideal for a quick and satisfying family meal to elaborate spreads of meat, fish, and vegetables that will impress even the most seasoned of diners.
If you really want to get a feel for Latin American culture, we suggest picking up a cookbook with an introductory section on where to find authentic ingredients and how to stock your pantry.
Put these cookbooks in your online shopping cart, head to the supermarket, and get ready to test your culinary skills on some of the freshest, most flavorful, and cutting-edge recipes around.
Best for: Regional Cooking, The Latin American Cookbook
The Latin American Cookbook is fantastic if you are interested in Mexican cuisine and want to learn more about the continent’s other great cuisines. There are more than 600 recipes here, covering both well-known staples like empanadas and tortillas and less well-known regional specialties like the Easter soup from Ecuador and the Nicaraguan Squash Stew that we made and thoroughly enjoyed.
Now only £24.57 on Amazon.com
Colombiana: Restoring Colombia’s Traditional Foods and Beloved Customs
Ideal for: Authentic Colombian Food
This cookbook, penned by Bogota native Mariana Velásquez, is an homage to Colombia and all of its wonderful traditions, including its cuisine. Hundreds of authentic recipes have been updated with western cooking techniques to make them more approachable to a wider audience.
Find out how to make authentic empanadas, as well as other delectable dishes, such as the Sunday-perfect Lomito de Cerdo al Tamarindo y Menta (Tamarind Pork Tenderloin with Mint) and the savory, tangy, and filling Cuchuco de Trigo con Pollito y Limón (Lemony Bulgur Farmer’s Chicken Soup).
This book is perfect for hosting friends and family for a meal due to its emphasis on tablescapes and entertaining. You’ll find out how to set the table beautifully and whip up tasty nibbles like dips and snacks to complement your main courses.
Get your hands on it now for just £19.45 on Amazon
Place of Spices To Be a Taco Legend Cookbook Set Is Perfect For: Giving As A Present
Including 80 recipes and four delicious taco spice blends in lovely storage tins, this cookbook kit makes a wonderful present for anyone who enjoys Mexican cuisine or tacos. Twenty different Mexican spices, including eight different chilies, are combined in the four spice blends to create tangy, spicy, smoky mixes that can be used in any of the recipes in the book and beyond.
We had a great time sampling traditional Mexican fare like fajitas and nachos, and we were blown away by the transformative powers of the various spice blends. If you buy a cookbook, you can join the online Taco Legend club where you can access even more recipes and expert cooking advice.
Buy now from Amazon for $32.00
Top pick for: dishes with a Central American twist
Look no further than this exquisite monograph, which features some of the most exciting and innovative dishes from Central America, for a complete guide to the region and its cuisine.
The recipes, essays, and tips in each chapter will help you become a better home cook. Wonderful creations such as Papa Voladora (Flying Potato) and Conchas del desierto (a phenomenal mixed seafood platter) written by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martnez will leave your heart and stomach satisfied.
Enjoy the stunning photographs of dishes and landscapes as you page through this book.
The price has dropped to £30.15 on Amazon.
The Cuba Cookbook
Superior for: Cuban cuisine
This fantastic island is only 90 miles from the southernmost tip of Florida, and it’s bursting with the vibrant colors, delicious foods, and Latin American flair you’d expect to find there. The Cuban Cookbook is the first book to cover the country’s cuisine and culinary history in depth.
Colorful and full of flavor, the more than 350 included recipes are sure to please. The background history of the country is laid out in detail with each dish; you’ll learn how Spanish, Soviet, and American influences have shaped the cuisine of the country today.
For a spectacular and flavorful main course, try the Squid in its Ink; for a speedy morning meal, try any of the many egg dishes. A variety of simple but tasty cocktails are available to help you wash down this fantastic meal.
For just £22.25 on Amazon right now!
To Cook in Peru
Superior for Peruvian cuisine
Peruvian cuisine, which you should definitely try if you haven’t already, is among the most creative and flavorful in the world. Peruvian cuisine is becoming increasingly popular around the world, so it’s a good time to learn how to make it at home.
Learn everything from the fundamentals to the mind-blowing dishes with this indispensable guide. You’ll find traditional dishes like the fish-centric Ceviche and the meat-centric Lomo Saltado, as well as less well-known ones like the sweet and spicy yellow chili dip Aji Amarillo.
Plantain Balls with Chorizo and Smoked Beef are a must-try dish because of how pleasantly surprising and comforting they are.
Priced at £33.54 on Amazon.com right now.
My Mexican Kitchen: A Delightful Collection of Recipes and Pure Emotion
Historians and those who enjoy learning about the past will benefit the most
To say that Mi Cocina is a tribute to Mexican cuisine would be an understatement. This book is a culinary and intellectual treat because it includes short essays in each chapter on topics like the impact of the Middle East on Mexican cuisine and the role of migration on traditional recipes.
Now only $22.00 on Amazon.com
Cookbook and memoir of Frida Kahlo’s life, titled “Frida’s Fiestas.”
Favored by: Connoisseurs of the Arts
Look no further than Frida’s Fiestas if you want a cookbook that not only gives you great recipes but also helps you learn about the artistic and political history of Mexico. In this cookbook compiled by Frida’s stepdaughter, you’ll find recipes for more than a hundred dishes the artist enjoyed during her lifetime, as well as family photos and excerpts from her journals. The Red Snapper Veracruz, a whole fish cooked in a herb salsa, and the Chocolate Mole Tart are two of our favorite dishes.
Currently available for just £20.76 on Amazon.
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