Daisy Cooks!: Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World (Hardcover)

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Daisy Cooks!: Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World (Hardcover)

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    Daisy Martinez is America's most exciting and beloved new television cook. Here, at last, is her first cookbook, with all the recipes from her acclaimed show--and most can be made in under thirty minutes!

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Daisy Martinez is America's most exciting and beloved new television cook. Here, at last, is her first cookbook, with all the recipes from her acclaimed show--and most can be made in under thirty minutes!

In Daisy Martinez's kitchen, salsa music is always playing. Laughter fills the air, along with delicious aromas of the amazing meal to come. Friends, neighbors, and family members are ever-present, sneaking tastes from every pot. And in the center of it all, Daisy is laughing, singing, tasting, and appreciating everything that her kitchen--and life!--has to offer.

Does this sound like your kitchen? If not, don't despair. In this book and on her acclaimed national public television series, Daisy Cooks!, Daisy teaches you how to bring excitement back to the table with Latin-inspired food that your friends and family will love!

Some of these recipes will remind you of meals you've enjoyed in restaurants. Some are great variations on dishes you already cook. Some are totally new. All of them will rock your world. Daisy's flavorful, satisfying interpretation of the best dishes from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Central and South America all taste like the results of a day in the kitchen--but in reality, most take only thirty minutes to prepare. Here, you'll find the techniques that Daisy learned at the French Culinary Institute, along with her mother's and grandmother's time-tested tricks! This winning combination results in dishes that range from elegant Chicken Braised with Figs to soul-satisfying Cuban Black Bean Soup to to-die-for homemade Dulce de Leche.

And then, of course, there are Daisy's "Top Ten Hits"--the recipes that, once you try them, are guaranteed to change the way you cook forever. In this first chapter, Daisy shows how simple flavor boosters, in addition to a few easy techniques, can make every meal mouthwateringly special. In Daisy's words, "If you can season, cook...

Daisy Maria Martinez was born to mainland Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York, where she lived at her grandmother's house until she was almost five years old. Her extended family includes relatives from Central America, Spain, and other parts of the Spanish-speaking world. She has modeled and acted in commercials and in numerous films including Carlito's Way and Scent of a Woman. She attended Long Island University and the French Culinary Institute before establishing her catering business, The Passionate Palate. Daisy lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn.

Martinez, Daisy
COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / Central American & South American
Hyperion Books
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  • FABULOUS recipes but no DVD

    After watching Daisy's show on PBS I bought the cookbook thinking that like PBS offering, this would include the DVD. It didn't and it can't be purchased separately. I also paid more for it...the price has gone down since I got it. However, I've used dozens of recipes from this book and they're all wonderful. I'm fortunate enough to live in an area where latin grocery items are plentiful, but for those of you who may not, Daisy does try to offer substitutions that might be easier to find. Some of the recipes though, just won't do without the real thing. Annato seeds for example to make achiote oil which is used in many of the recipes. I had a heck of a time finding them (got them via mail order and they're dirt cheap) same with epazote, an herb that only grows in Mexico; Culantro which, as Daisy says, is Cilantro times 10, and when I found it, she was right. She suggests you double up on cilantro if you can't find it. Recipes you MUST try...Chicken with Figs. It takes some work but it is so worth it; Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese and Beets - sounds a little odd, tastes wonderful (and I'm not a beet person)! Asparagus with Citrus Vinaigrette. I could eat tons of this! The Caldo which is a latin version of a New England Boiled Dinner and Cuban Sandwiches...she shows you how to make them without a sandwich press. This book is a must have for any cook who loves bold flavours or wants to learn some new cooking techniques. You'll find sofrito becoming a new permanent addition to your repertoire.

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  • YUM

    So many good recipes. I made the stuffed poblanos last night. They were excellent!! She also has an awesome sofrito recipe which can be added to any dish to add TONS of flavor.


    ljturner Mar 5, 2010

  • Daisy Cooks

    I wanted this book for a year because I loved her tv show and only got it on my cable for a short time. I love the stories and the basics are great the only thing that I am very disapointed with is that there were very little pictures for the finished product also I love cook books that stay open easily. I hope this help and I would buy another book of Daisy's.


    asee12 from ohio, Jan 2, 2008

  • Daisy Cooks

    I have found recipes in this book I thought I would never find. It's easy to follow. The only thing I thought it needed were more pictures. Overall I would reccommend this book.


    evy18 from Darien, IL, Nov 2, 2007

  • Daisy Cooks! WOW!!

    GREAT cookbook! Easy step-by-step instruction on making awesome spanish food! Your home will smell great and your food will be delicious! Easy enough for those who think they can't cook!


    stephanie2007 from NY, Jun 18, 2007

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