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Isabel's Cantina: Bold Latin Flavors from the New California Kitchen

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ISBN13: 9780307352743
ISBN10: 0307352749
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When Isabel Cruz opened her first small restaurant in San Diego, she cooked what she loved to eat: simple Latin comfort food spiced with the Pacific Rim flavors she knew from her old Los Angeles neighborhood. Her trademark blend of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, Japanese, and Thai cooking allowed her to cut some of the calories and fat so often found in Latin food without ever sacrificing taste. Soon, the nutritious, flavorful, easy-to-prepare meals Isabel had cooked every night for her family took California by storm.

In Isabel's Cantina, she shares the deceptively simple recipes that make her five West Coast restaurants so popular, as well as many of her own personal favorites. By relying on the boldly flavored ingredients common to both Latin and Asian cuisines — like mangoes, limes, chiles, mint, ginger, coconut, and cilantro — Isabel's healthful dishes are never bland. She gets things going with starters such as Grilled Vegetable Salad with Sofrito Vinaigrette and Shrimp Bites Wrapped in Greens. There's Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Jalapeno-Ponzu Sauce, Green Chile Posole with Pork, and New York Strip Steak with Baked Plantain Fries. Gone are heavy refried beans and white rice, replaced by Chipotle White Beans and whole-grain Power Rice. In an invaluable chapter, Isabel reveals how to dress up any meal with healthy sauces and salsas, such as Papaya-Mango-Mint Salsa and Avocado Salsa Cruda. Desserts, drinks, and even brunch dishes round out her collection of recipes for every part of the day.

Blending fresh flavors with an eye for health, Isabel's signature Latin food with Asian accents is not only good for you but — most important — it's delicious.

Review:

"'Cruz, owner of five restaurants on the West Coast, is known for her version of Latin comfort food — simple, healthy dishes influenced by the various cultures and cuisines she was surrounded by growing up in L.A. like Cuban, Mexican, Japanese and Thai. Cruz highlights such ingredients as 'mangoes, limes, coconut, chile peppers, mint, ginger, and cilantro.... These are my flavor building blocks.' The 'Starters' section includes Seared Tuna Wontons with Avocado Salsa Cruda, which are 'a little nod to Japan but 100 percent California.' Empanadas are made with turkey for a lighter meal as are Cruz's 'Albondigas,' Latin meatballs. The 'Main Courses' chapter includes fresh, healthful dishes like Steamed Red Snapper with Hearts of Palm and Ginger, and Green Chili Posole, a Mexican stew. The 'Rice, Beans and Other Sides' section includes recipes for Quick Black Beans, Brown Rice with Barley, and Sweet Plantains. The 'Salsas, Sauces and Marinades' are used in specific recipes throughout the book, but can be added onto almost any dish. Included are Chipotle Corn Salsa, Guava Sauce, and Red Bell Pepper Sofrito. The options are endless in this bright debut, and Cruz convinces that 'Latin food can be healthy and light and still be delicious, and that today's Latin food is a blend of the cultures that surround it.'' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In her cookbook, Cruz shares the deceptively simple recipes that make her five West Coast restaurants so popular, as well as many of her own personal favorites. By relying on the boldly flavored ingredients common to both Latin and Asian cuisines, the healthful dishes are never bland.

About the Author

Isabel Cruz is the owner of five restaurants along the West Coast, extending from Coffee Cup in La Jolla and Isabel's Cantina and Seaside Cantina in San Diego, California, to Dragonfly in Ashland and Isabel in Portland, Oregon. Isabel, who grew up in Los Angeles, now lives in San Diego with her husband and two sons. This is her first book.

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Josh Hyrkas, October 5, 2008 (view all comments by Josh Hyrkas)
Isabel is a culinary magician. Her Latin flavors are infused with Asian inspired "secret ingredients" that set these recipes apart from most others!
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Gregory, July 23, 2008 (view all comments by Gregory)
If you have ever or ever get the chance to eat at Dragonfly in Ashland OR you must do so. Really - if you are there or in the LA area google Isabel Cruz and go eat at her place now....go now really.

This is by far the best cookbook that we have. The food is great - the recipes are easy to follow, wont cost you an arm and leg and deliver with out fail. We have yet to find something that is just ok.....everything is to die for.

Its fusion food but this goes beyond trendy - its not complicated - just good simple food done right....even the simple quick black beans are something special. Really 27 dollars is a steal for this much good food even if you have to do the cooking yourself.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307352743
Author:
Cruz, Isabel
Publisher:
Clarkson Potter Publishers
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - American - California Style
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Cookery, latin american
Subject:
Cookery, american
Subject:
Cookery, American -- California style.
Subject:
American - California Style
Subject:
Cooking and Food-US California
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 4-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.30x7.73x.79 in. 1.98 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Cruz, owner of five restaurants on the West Coast, is known for her version of Latin comfort food — simple, healthy dishes influenced by the various cultures and cuisines she was surrounded by growing up in L.A. like Cuban, Mexican, Japanese and Thai. Cruz highlights such ingredients as 'mangoes, limes, coconut, chile peppers, mint, ginger, and cilantro.... These are my flavor building blocks.' The 'Starters' section includes Seared Tuna Wontons with Avocado Salsa Cruda, which are 'a little nod to Japan but 100 percent California.' Empanadas are made with turkey for a lighter meal as are Cruz's 'Albondigas,' Latin meatballs. The 'Main Courses' chapter includes fresh, healthful dishes like Steamed Red Snapper with Hearts of Palm and Ginger, and Green Chili Posole, a Mexican stew. The 'Rice, Beans and Other Sides' section includes recipes for Quick Black Beans, Brown Rice with Barley, and Sweet Plantains. The 'Salsas, Sauces and Marinades' are used in specific recipes throughout the book, but can be added onto almost any dish. Included are Chipotle Corn Salsa, Guava Sauce, and Red Bell Pepper Sofrito. The options are endless in this bright debut, and Cruz convinces that 'Latin food can be healthy and light and still be delicious, and that today's Latin food is a blend of the cultures that surround it.'' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In her cookbook, Cruz shares the deceptively simple recipes that make her five West Coast restaurants so popular, as well as many of her own personal favorites. By relying on the boldly flavored ingredients common to both Latin and Asian cuisines, the healthful dishes are never bland.
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