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Latin Grill:
Sultry and Simple Food for Red-Hot Dinners and Parties
By Rafael Palomino with Arlen Gargagliano; Photos by Dan Goldberg
ISBN: 0811866602
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: March 2010
Format: Paperback
Number of recipes: 70+
List price: $19.95
Type: Latin; Chef's
Sample recipe: Grilled Arepas
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: breakfast brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color all/mostly color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: In general, this is not a book for using up the ingredients you have on hand. You'll have to shop, and access to a Latin market is will simplify your life so much. But the payoff is worth it, as you discover a new take on Latin-style grilling. With more than 70 recipes by Chef Rafael Palomino, a pioneer of "Nuevo Latino" cooking, these recipes mix a little bit of French with a little bit South American, bold flavors, relatively few ingredients, and – for the most part – the grill. Most recipes have a grilled component (the grilled Caesar salad, for example), though lots of desserts, salads, ceviches, and drinks do not.

Recipes are found in chapters on ceviches, tortillas, and arepas; salads and sides; meat and poultry; shellfish and seafood; desserts; and beverages. There are a dozen basic sauce, stock, and vinaigrette recipes that are key to preparing other recipes, and there is a discussion of which grill to choose and tips on grilling at home.


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