The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo61° Scattered Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi92° Mostly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo60° Partly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi86° Partly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo63° Mostly Cloudy

Monday

Hi80° Showers Likely

Monday Night

Lo55° Showers Likely

Tuesday

Hi74° Showers Likely

Tuesday Night

Lo53° Slight Chc Showers

Wednesday

Hi75° Slight Chc Showers

‘Gran Cocina Latina’ is an instant classic

Send to Kindle
Print This

In a seminal essay on the Latin American novel, Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier talked about “culinary context” as one of the essential elements of the region’s fiction. As in his own novels, Carpentier was reaching for that overarching component that made Latin America, well, Latin America.

Maricel E. Presilla titles the first chapter of her 902-page “Gran Cocina Latina” (Norton, $45), “What is Latin America?” The book is an ambitious work that encompasses all Latin American cooking, thus claiming that, say, Mexican pozole soup is of a piece with Ecuadoran ceviche. We are all in this together, Presilla is saying by the very act of writing this book, taking her cue from another Cuban compatriot, Jose Marti, who defined “America” as the parts of the hemisphere where Iberian, not Anglo-Saxon, languages are spoken.

View my options or Sign in