I was really excited to receive a review copy of Daisy Martinez’s new cookbook: Daisy: Morning, Noon, and Night. Inspired by her travels throughout Latin American Daisy put together a collection of fairly easy, family style recipes all with a Latin flare. Since I tend to cook mostly Italian meals this is not a book I would intentionally have purchased. That being said I am extremely grateful to have had the chance to peruse the publication and try my hand at what is for me a new cuisine.
As the title suggests the book is uniquely broken down into recipes and menu ideas for particular times of day. Although some may find this to be annoying I thought it was very helpful. Her knowledge of Latino cuisine and which recipes go best together helped me to create some fabulous meals for my family and friends.
With such beautiful shots of the food on just about every page it was really hard deciding what to make. After much deliberating I decided to try the following recipes:
Faster Than Take Out Chicken in Green Sauce
String Beans with Rosemary
Stovetop Wrinkled Potatoes
Grill roasted Boneless Pork Shoulder
Asparagus with Brown Butter and Pecans
Everything was delicious and really very easy to recreate. One thing I did notice is that the recipes seemed to call for a lot of garlic and salt; two things which I feel can and should be used in moderation. Being a seasoned cook and knowing my palate I just adjusted the amounts to suit my taste. An easy fix.
I think this is a great starter book for someone looking to try their hands both at cooking and at the same time trying a new cuisine. It doesn’t require any over the top techniques or out of the ordinary ingredients and the recipes, at least that I tried, all produced solid food.
And now for the giveaway. I have 1 copy of Daisy: Morning, Noon, and Night that I would like to share with one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, March 1, 2010 (midnight EST).
Or you can tweet this contest, linking back to this post, and also leaving me a comment letting me know.
Or you can facebook this contest, linking back to this post, and leaving me a comment. I will pick the winner by random, on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the book can only be shipped within the US.