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26 Latin American Cookbooks & Websites That’ll Improve Your Kitchen Skills

Food is at the center of Latinx culture and history. It’s part of our childhood, our adult lives, and what we pass down to the next generations. It’s tradition, family, and love, wrapped up in nourishment.

Our abuelitas, tias, and mamas are often there to show us how to cook, should we want to learn, but they often teach us without measured amounts. Sometimes, we need a more precise, easy-to-follow recipe, and we would also love healthier versions of these old-school classics.

Here’s a look at 27 great Latinx cookbooks and websites that you should certainly check out. Some feature modern interpretations of Latinx meals, while others have classic recipes that have been passed down for decades.

Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel

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The first book on this roundup of Latin American cookbooks you should add to your shelf is Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing. It teaches you today how to eat like our ancestors of yesterday while showing you how to create delicious Chicano food without using meat.

Available at amazon.com

My Colombian Recipes

My Colombian Recipes is a great website for learning how to make traditional Colombian food (it also includes recipes from other Latin American countries). It was created by Medellin native Erica Dinho in February of 2009, and inspired by her grandmother, Mamita. You’ll be able to find how-tos on everything from ajiaco, to several dishes featuring arepas, to arequipe de coco.

Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann, with Peter Kaminsky

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For those who do love meat, why not learn some grilling recipes from one of the biggest meat-eaters in the world? Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way shows you the ropes to cooking carne the way they do it in Argentina, courtesy of Chef Francis Mallmann.

Available at amazon.com

Isabel Eats

Another fabulous site that shares yummy Latinx recipes is Isabel Eats. Focusing on Mexican food, Isabel Orozco-Moore’s blog started as a way for the first-generation Chicana to document successful trials making her family’s food. You’ll learn how to make “Easy Chicken Tacos,” margaritas, tres leches cake, grilled corn salsa, chipotle shakshuka, and more.

The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Pelaez

Want to learn how to make yummy comida Cubana? Then you should take a look at the James Beard Award-nominated cookbook, The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History. It features over 110 traditional recipes, including one for the iconic Cuban sandwich.

Available at amazon.com

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel Presilla

When it comes to Latinx food, it’s super cool to learn recipes from our own country or countries, but also really nice to learn those from other parts of Latin America. Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, the 2013 James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year, features over 500 recipes from all over Latinoamerica.

Available at amazon.com

Laylita’s Recipes

Head over to Laylita.com for recipes on all sorts of Latin food, like Brazilian tapioca crepes, Ecuadorian chicken stew, chimichurri butter, and more. The site, created by Ecuadorian Layla Pujol, also features non-Latinx how-tos, like tomato basil sauce, French salmon tartare, and raspberry creme brulee.

Puerto Rican Cookery by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli

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Some of the best cookbooks are those vintage publications that truly stand the test of time. Puerto Rican Cookery, first published in 1977, contains old-school classic recipes, such as those for sofrito, sopon de pescado, and asopao.

Available at amazon.com

A Cozy Kitchen

Everyone wants a cozy kitchen. Peruvian-Colombian Adrianna Adarme decided to deliver that feeling through her cooking site of the same name. A Cozy Kitchen features recipes for meals including “Instant Pot Cuban Black Bean Soup,” “Acorn Squash Queso Fundido,” and “Pumpkin Tres Leches” (there are also recipes from different, non-Latin-American countries).

Peru: The Cookbook by Gaston Acurio

Peruvian food is considered among the best and most sophisticated in the world. So much goes into making its complicated yet delicious dishes, so you’ll want a cookbook that knows what it’s talking about. Peru: The Cookbook by Chef Gaston Acurio, is over 400 pages of the awesomeness Peru has to offer in terms of comida.

Available at amazon.com

Muy Bueno Cookbook

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This flavorful Chicken Tortilla Soup is made in under 30 minutes, with or without an Instant Pot. This chicken tortilla soup, includes chicken thighs and chicken breasts that slow simmers in a spicy tomato broth full of smoky and spicy flavors. The chicken is cooked to tender perfection and then shredded. Classic tortilla soup, the way I ate it in Mexico City, is simply good chicken broth combined with roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, chiles, and topped with fried corn tortilla strips and an assortment of garnishes to make your own special bowl. It’s food for the soul. In my effort to bring Mexico to my home I recreated this soup to transport me to Mexico City whenever the mood strikes. And now you can too with my recipe! Click link in profile for recipe: https://muybuenocookbook.com/instant-pot-chicken-tortilla-soup/ . . 📷 @jenna.sparks.photography #muybuenocooking #chickentortillasoup #tortillasoup #bhgfood #mexicanfood #mexicancuisine #comidamexicana #thefeedfeed #imsomartha #mexicangastronomy #feedfeed #mexicanrecipes #huffposttaste #thekitchn #eeeeeats #mimundopinterest #comida #lifesbettertogether

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Muy Bueno Cooking offers “traditional Mexican, Latin-inspired & healthy-ish recipes.” Started by Chicana Yvette Marquez-Sharpknack, the site will teach you how to cook delicious Mexican dishes and drinks like a lavender lemon margarita, sopes, and albondigas soup.

Latin American Street Food by Sandra A. Gutierrez

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Street food takes the best flavors and elements of a country’s comida and turns them into cool, portable, and delicious bites. Learning how to make some of your favorite Latin American street food would be so much fun! Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina provides several recipes to try out for yourself.

Available at amazon.com

Sweet Life

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💕 PUMPKIN HORCHATA GUYS!!! 💕 Tis the season for sipping, spending time with family and everything pumpkin, yum! 💕 Today I want to share with you how easy it is to make pumpkin horchata at home, just in time for Thanksgiving. 🌟 Horchata is a Mexican agua fresca drink made by blending rice, cinnamon, and sugar. Horchata can also include nuts, seeds and fruit.  Rice with flavors are finely ground in a blender, mixed with water and allowed to soak. AND today I'm kicking up my horchata a notch by adding all the PUMPKIN GOODNESS!!! Recipe here: https://sweetlifebake.com/2019/11/14/the-easiest-homemade-pumpkin-horchata/ Or click the link in profile 💕 #horchata #pumpkin #grateful #thanksgiving #arroz #comida #comidamexicana #recetas #easyrecipes

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If you want to live the sweet life, a place to head to is Vianney Rodriguez’s blog, Sweet Life. The Texas Mexicana will show you how to make several things, including beef pozole rojo, oatmeal pepita muffins, and breakfast huaraches. Added bonus? Sweet Life also includes DIY food projects.

The Central American Cookbook by Book Sumo Press

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Of course, we absolutely couldn’t leave Central America off of this list of Latinx cookbooks to add to your online cart. In fact, The Central American Cookbook gives you several easy recipes you can make from Central America — including Belizean vegan stew and Costa Rican spicy mayo — as well as some from Colombia.

Available at amazon.com

Flanboyant Eats

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🇺🇸 It's #TacoTuesday but I'd like to propose there be a guac day! I mean, it's the best thing ever. Not just because the flavor profile is insanely robust, covers all the senses, but also because avocados are a great source of all the good-goods we need! Did you know avocados: ✮ Have more potassium than platanos. ✓ ✮ Are abundant in monounsaturated fat. ✓ ✮ Are robust with fiber. ✓ ✮ Boost satiety. ✓ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And more! Snatch some delicious recipes on ways you can use avocados– not just guac — on my site, HouseofBren.com. Search "avocado". Link in bio. Treat your body right! 🌿 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🇨🇺¡Es Taco Tuesday pero porque no proponemos que haya un día guacamole! Es lo máximo a cualquier hora. No solo porque el perfil de sabores es increíblemente divino y cubre todos los sentidos, sino porque los aguacates tienen tremendo beneficios para la salud. Sabias que los aguacates: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✮ Tienien más potasio que platanos. ✓ ✮ Son abundantes en grasas monoinsaturadas. ✓ ✮ Están repletos con fibra. ✓ ✮ Aumenta la saciedad. ✓ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ¡Y más! Disfruta algunas deliciosas recetas, no solo guacamole, con aguacates, en mi website, HouseofBren. Enlace en bio. ¡Cuida es cuerpo tuyo! 🍃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HouseofBren.com 👑🐝 #foodislife #plantbased #HispanicHeritageMonth

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Flanboyant Eats isn’t just an adorable recipe blog name. It is also a vertical on Afro-Cubana Bren Herrera’s website that shows you how to cook yummy Latinx food. You’ll be able to make dishes like Nutella with rosewater flan, boiled yuca with garlic citrus mojo, and salmon tacos with spicy coconut milk slaw (in addition to recipes from other countries).

Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero

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You can totally enjoy the flavors of your Latinx homeland but in a healthier way. If you are looking to become vegan or just want to eat more veggies and fruits and less meat in general, why not check out Terry Hope Romero’s Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers?

Available at amazon.com

Hungry Food Love

Dominicana Melissa Bailey will teach you how to make sweet and savory Colombian hot dogs, mango glazed Alaskan salmon, guacamole plantain cups, and more on her website, HungryFoodLove.com.

Latin d’Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist by Ingrid Hoffman

Another book that takes traditional Latinx recipes and gives them a modern, healthier revamp is Ingrid Hoffman’s Latin d’Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist. Recipes include plantains-and-peppers frittata, watermelon tropical fiesta salsa, and Yucatan-style pulled pork.

Available at amazon.com

The Other Side of the Tortilla

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🥐 Las penas con pan son menos 🥐⠀ ⠀ Did you know there are as many as 2,000 kinds of Mexican pan dulce? 😱 My husband and I started writing ✍🏼 a guide to common types of Mexican sweet bread awhile back, and then realized I’d probably never publish it on my blog if I waited until I tried and photographed hundreds more. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ So this is me, Type A person who likes to have ALL the details and photos complete and perfect, telling you that I published an incomplete guide on 💁🏻‍♀️ theothersideofthetortilla.com with more than 50 kinds of pan dulce, descriptions and some photos, and I plan to add more over time. I hope you’ll check it out and tell me in the comments below what other types of pan dulce you think I should add to the list! ❤️🥐⠀ ⠀ #pandulce #pandulcemexicano #mexicanfood #mexican #mexicolors #colormehappy #choosehappiness #pursuepretty #livecolorfully #mexicanlife #mexicancuisine #mexicanfoodporn #food52 #thefeedfeed #thekitchn #storyofmytable #eeeeeats #thatsdarling #panaderia #laspenasconpansonmenos #breakfastinspo #breakfastporn #breakfastlove #pastrylover #fortheloveofbread #baking

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Maura Hall Hernandez is the woman behind the food blog, The Other Side of the Tortilla. Married to Mexican, she shares what she has learned over 12 years of travel to Mexico when it comes to cooking and travel advice. Some of the categories of food and drink you’ll find on the site include aguas frescas, breakfast and brunch, and desserts.

Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas by Fany Gerson

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You can’t have Latinx food without tasty sweets. And what makes us smile more than some Mexican paletas? You will be happy to know that there’s a cookbook focused on this delicious, hydrating, and summer-perfect treat, called Paletas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas.

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Simple by Clara

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DOMINICAN RICE AND SHRIMP POTTAGE: Asopao is one of our most versatile dishes, and it can go from very inexpensive, to really fancy. It's the perfect choice for late-night "cocinaos" on a budget, or to serve to the most distinguished guests by just changing a few ingredients. Here I share my favorite one, and with a handy video to make the recipe easier to follow. . What's your favorite asopao? →→ Link to recipe in my profile. . —————-⁠ . ASOPAO DE CAMARONES: El asopao es uno de nuestros platos más versátiles, y puede ir desde muy barato, hasta muy elegante. Es la elección perfecta para los "cocinaos" nocturnos con poco presupuesto, o para servir a los invitados más distinguidos con sólo cambiar unos pocos ingredientes. Aquí comparto mi versión favorita, y con un práctico video para que la receta sea más fácil de seguir. . ¿Cuál es tu asopao favorito? →→ Enlace a la receta en mi perfil. . #simplebyclara #dominicancooking #cocinadominicana #dominicanblogger #dominicanrecipes #recetasdominicanas #comidadominicana #dominicanfood #dominicanrepublic #republicadominicana

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Simple, by Clara is the umbrella name for both dominicancooking.com and cocinadominicana.com. It is the joint project of Dominican Clara Gonzalez and Gibraltar native Ilana Benady. Check out the site to learn how to make a keto Dominican breakfast, dulce de Cajuil, espaguetis, and more.

Latin American Paleo Cooking by Amanda Torres and Milagros Torres

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My first book #LatinAmericanPaleoCooking is 2 years old today! 💃🏻 To celebrate let’s do a giveaway! 🎁 I will choose one lucky winner to receive a SIGNED COPY of my cookbook on Monday 8/26 at 10AM CDT. U.S. and Canada only, must be 18+. Here is how to enter: # 💙Double tap to like this photo 🗣Leave me a comment, you can choose either or both of these (each comment counts as an entry) 🥘Tell me which recipe you are most excited to cook first 👥Tag a friend who you think should know about this book. Tag as many as you like in separate comments for multiple entries! # You can learn more about the recipes in this book at http://thecuriouscoconut.com/latin-american-paleo-cooking (click the link in my profile and there’s a link on that page) and you can see the full table of contents on Amazon. Many recipes are adaptations of my 🇵🇷 Puerto Rican mother-in-law’s family recipes, passed down for generations. I’m talking pastellios, mofongo, pasteles, arroz con pollo, sofrito, tembleque, pinchos, bacalaítos, and so much more! # Almost every recipe in this book is #AIP adaptable without sacrificing authentic flavor. There are only 2 recipes that require nightshades, one that must use eggs, and 3 that need the seed spice cumin. I took extreme care to make every dish as authentic as possible while being Paleo. # If you already have my book and haven’t yet left a review on Amazon, please do so! It helps SO MUCH, and you have my deepest gratitude for taking 2 minutes out of your day to leave one. 🙏🏻 # #latinpaleo #aippaleo #autoimmuneprotocol #paleorecipes #paleolifestyle #comidapuertorriqueña #glutenfreefoods #empanadasargentinas #bacalaitos #cassavaflour #plantains #arepasvenezolanas #memphisfood #ediblememphis #memphisfoodie #memphisblogger

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If you ever wanted to blend the Paleo Diet (a.k.a. eating like a caveman) with Latinx food, the following book is for you. Latin American Paleo Cooking provides over 80 recipes that ditch the gluten and grains, but keep the Latinx flavors and dishes you grew up with.

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Brown Sugar & Vanilla

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*AD Hacer de comer con @royalprestigeofficial es fácil, rápido y super nutritivo. En sus ollas puedes cocinar sin aceite y están tan bien hechas que los alimentos guardan todas sus propiedades y sabores. Mira este CHILI BLANCO, lo hice super rápido y quedó delicioso. Te paso la receta: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1 taza de cebolla picada 3 dientes de ajo picados 1 jalapeño picado 1 pimiento morrón picado en cuadritos 1 cucharadita de oregano seco 1 cucharadita de comino en polvo 1/2 cucharadita de chile ancho o chipotle en polvo 4-6 tazas de caldo de verduras o agua 2 latas de frijol blanco, sin líquido 1 tazas de coliflor picada 1 taza de elote 1 cucharadita sal ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dora la cebollita y el ajo y luego pon el resto de los ingredientes en el orden que están. Sirve con aguacate, chips de tortilla, cilantro y crema. . Cooking with @royalprestigeofficial is easy, fast, and super nutritious. In their pots, you can cook without oil. Take a look at this WHITE CHILI. I made it super fast, and it was delicious. Here is the recipe: 1 cup chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 chopped jalapeño 1 diced bell pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili or chipotle powder 4-6 cups of vegetable stock or water 2 cans of white beans, without liquid 1 cup chopped cauliflower 1 cup of corn 1 teaspoon salt ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Brown the onion and garlic and then put the rest of the ingredients in the order they are. Serve with avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, and cream. . #royalprestigeoficial #posibilidadesroyalprestige #vegano #veganrecipes

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Alejandra Graf’s Brown Sugar & Vanilla (the Spanish version is Piloncillo & Vainilla) is a food blog in which Ale shares how she cooks organic, clean, and plant-based meals. Some options to recreate include vegan chilaquiles with red sauce, poblano-mushroom “protein-packed” sandwiches, and Mexican style tofu scramble breakfast tacos.

Muy Delish

Muy Delish delivers just that to readers — recipes that lead to very delicious meals. Ana Fria’s food blog focuses on Mexican fare, with recipes including chicharrones de harina, molletes, chicken tortilla soup.

Presley’s Pantry

Another Latinx food blog worth checking out for fabulous recipes is Presley’s Pantry. It is the brainchild of Nicole Presley, who shares all kinds of cool recipes, various in the form of webisodes. These include “Salted Cajeta Chocolate Flan,” “How to Make Tamales,” and “How to make Capirotada.”

Hungry Sofia

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We already mentioned her book, The Cuban Table, but we also had to include Ana Sofia Peláez’s food blog, Hungry Sofia. On it, the Cubana shares how-tos on several Latinx dishes. Among them are croquetas de jamon, yuca frita con salsa a la huancaina, and tostones.

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