Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: New Orleans Con Sabor Latino

Title: New Orleans Con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking
Author: Zella Palmer Cuadra, Natalie Root, Adolfo Garcia
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: September 20th 2013
Source: Netgalley


Four stars.


New Orleans Con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking is a nonfiction book that features a collection of stories that help to explain the passion of cooking, the history of Latino cooking, and recipes that come out of New Orleans, Louisiana.


I love New Orleans. I lived there for a little while, and I immediately fell in love with the place. The food is delicious, the people are nice, and I - being from up north- definitely experienced culture shock, though in the best possible way. I was surprised by the amount of story in this book; it goes so far beyond a basic cookbook.

Part of what made this book so intriguing was the wide variety of people who lent their voices to the publication. From a waiter to a businessman to a James Beard Award semifinalist, the passion for cooking and the love of their roots runs deep, and it's clear in this text.

Between the gorgeous photography and the broad range of countries represented by the recipes in this collection, I definitely made a list of things that I must make. Mexican, Dominican, Creole, Spanish, Puerto Rican, and Cuban influences and cuisine are all featured. Some of the dishes that I'm most excited to cook are Maque Choux with Sauteed Shrimp and Chorizo Grit Cake, Seafood Paella with Shrimp Boudin, and Tres Leche Bread Pudding.

Another thing that I really appreciated about this book is that, at the end, there is a list of addresses and websites for all of the businesses and restaurants that were mentioned throughout the text. As someone who plans to return to Nawlins, this is extremely helpful- now I know where I'll be eating!

If you have an interest in Latino heritage or cooking, or New Orleans as a whole, than you should check this book out. Thank you to Netgalley and University Press of Mississippi for my copy.


  1. I need to visit New Orleans and I need this book. These are the things that I learned from this review!

  2. Thank you ladies! Please post pics of your favorite recipe! Enjoy the book! Author-Zella Palmer Cuadra Follow the book on Facebook: New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking