Colombiana : a rediscovery of recipes & rituals from the soul of Colombia

by Velasquez, Mariana,

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"I have never read a more passionate and heartfelt expression of Colombian culture and cuisine in English. I've been waiting for years for a book like this to come out." -J. Kenji López-Alt, New York Times bestselling author of The Food Lab

A recipe developer and food stylist--whose work has taken her across the globe to work with clients like Michelle Obama and into the test kitchens of today's most esteemed culinary publications--pays homage to her native country with this vibrant, visually stunning cooking, the first dedicated solely to Colombian food, featuring 100 recipes that meld the contemporary and the traditional.

To Mariana Velásquez, a native of Bogotá, the diverse mix of heritages, cultures, and regions that comprise Colombian food can be summed up in one simple concept: More is more. No matter what rung of society, Colombians feed their guests well, and leave them feeling nourished in body and soul.

In Colombiana, the award-winning recipe developer and food stylist draws on the rich culinary traditions of her native land and puts her own modern twist on dishes beloved by generations of Colombians. Here are recipes for classics such as arepas and empanadas, as well as "Colombian-ish" recipes like Lomito de Cerdo al Tamarindo y Menta (Tamarind Pork Tenderloin with Mint), Gazpacho de Papaya y Camarón Tostado (Spicy Papaya and Charred Shrimp Gazpacho), and Cuchuco de Trigo con Pollito y Limón (Lemony Bulgur Farmer's Chicken Soup).

In addition to offering a unique perspective on Colombian food, Mariana shares the vibrant style of Colombian tablescapes and entertaining. For her, the best meals are never simply about the food on the table--they are an alchemy of atmosphere, drinks, and simple snacks and sweets that complete the experience and make it memorable.

Rich with culture and stories as well as one-of-a-kind recipes and stunning photography, Colombiana is a gastronomic excursion that reminds us of the power of food to keep tradition alive.

La cocina: Colombian culture, cuisine, pantry
En la mañana: in the morning
A la mesa: the main table
El algo: afternoon bits and bites
Oda al postre: ode to dessert.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Food stylist and cook Velásquez titles her first book not just in tribute to the foodstuffs of Colombia, but also to Colombian women in the food business, selecting a few who've settled in Manhattan, from a not-for-profit founder to the purveyor of a food truck selling arepas. Velásquez goes way beyond in offering eight different menus, each reflecting a different region--for example, Cauca Valley (the capital of salsa dancing), Medellín (where it's spring all year round), Arusí Pacífico (the area bordering the Pacific Coast)--and including a playlist and suggestions on setting the scene and hosting. Further igniting a travel jones, every sidebar and color photograph adds to the allure: street foods, bollos (leaf-wrapped corn), information on natural packaging, tips on stocking the pantry (with ample information on flavors, ingredients, equipment, favorite brands, and good sources), and more. The heart of the book fulfills all sorts of taste cravings with nearly 100 recipes, from arepas (the native bread), migas de arepa (compared to matzo brei), pineapple verbena gimlet to creamy yam soup with cheese, sticky duck rice with sausage and eggs, and oat and cinnamon ice cream bars. A celebration of flavor."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Velásquez, a cook, food stylist, and recipe developer, pays tribute to the food of her birthplace in this rich and vibrant collection. Emphasizing that Colombia "always remains my muse, my center, my compass," Velásquez showcases the tremendous biodiversity of the country with recipes for dishes she grew up eating, while also putting her own East Coast twist (she now lives in New York City) on a number of them. Breakfast, snacks, street food, and dessert options--including arepas prepared three ways, pan de arroz (cheesy rice bread rings), and a foolproof yuca cake--highlight authentic Colombian fare, while mouthwatering mains such as Bogotánian ajiáco (potato soup with corn, chicken, and capers), sancocho (beef, pork, and vegetable stew), and lentejas ahumadas con chorizo (lentils with chorizo) are sure to sate even the most ravenous appetites. In addition to the recipes, there's advice on setting the scene ("The magic relies on a well-chosen palette of complementary tones"), hosting tips, and putting together playlists. Mini profiles of influential Colombian women, including Brooklyn restaurant Palenque's Viviana Lewis, and a helpful section on pantry staples round things out. For home cooks in search of a primer on Colombian food and culinary tradition, Velásquez is the ideal tutor. Agent: Anna Worrall, the Gernert Company. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cooking, Colombian.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description x, 307 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 299) and index.
ISBN 9780063019430
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