La Latina: A Cook's Journey Through Latin America
How to cook fantastic, authentic Latin American food utilising locally available ingredients. Venezulan-born New Zealand-based chef Grace Ramirez shares her interpretation of traditional recipes from throughout Latin America. Utilising readily available ingredients, Grace recreates the authentic tastes she grew up with in contemporary dishes full of bold flavours. With its use of fresh aromatic ingredients and exciting flavour combinations, Latin American cooking is set to become an exciting new food trend. In this unique cookbook Grace shares inspirational recipes for every meal as well as fascinating tid-bits of information about each Latin American country's culinary history.
Following an upbringing steeped in Latin cuisine and a career in the pioneering days of food television, Grace made the life-changing decision to follow her dreams and become student to some of the masters of the New York culinary scene. Armed with that education, a hunger for new experiences, and a dedication to learning, Grace travelled extensively. Miami-born, Grace is very proud of her Latin heritage. Her family is from Venezuela, her stepfather is from Peru and her mother has lived in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. She has spent most of her adult years in New York. All those influences can be tasted in Grace's cooking. Grace gave up her job in television when she was selected from over 60,000 people to be on US MasterChef. Shortly after, she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious French Culinary Institute in NYC. There was no turning back. She is a regular judge on the New Zealand series of My Kitchen Rules.