Steven Raichlen’s Healthy Latin Cooking: 200 Sizzling Recipes from Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean, Brazil, and Beyond

by Steven Raichlen

ISBN-10: 0875964982
ISBN-13: 9780875964980
Publisher: Rodale Books
Publication Date: May, 2000
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About Steven Raichlen’s Healthy Latin Cooking: 200 Sizzling Recipes from Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean, Brazil, and Beyond

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Steven Raichlen brings the best of his culinary world to Healthy Latin Cooking: he absolutely loves Latin flavors, from Mexico to Argentina, from Cuba to Puerto Rico, and he is dedicated to a healthy diet that’s low in fat yet high in flavor. (His High-Flavor, Low-Fat Cooking series is a must, as is his Miami Spice.)

Raichlen doesn’t just drop the unwary cook into chapters of recipes that have been altered to reduce fat and salt and all the other nastiness. He begins with all the reasons for doing just that, and the many ways in which the true Latin diet is perfectly suited to a healthy pyramid approach. Nor does he shy away from truth, beauty, and justice, stating categorically that there are some dishes where lard just can’t be left out of the flavor profile. He goes on, however, to show the reader how to cut way back on the total amount of lard used while retaining its great flavor.

Chapters are divided by kinds of food--appetizers, soups, salads, beans, and rice--not by place of origin. So it’s kind of a Latin adventure to flip through this book, never knowing where you are going to land. There are Little Pots of Red Beans with Sour Cream from Nicaragua (140 calories per serving), Chicken and Vegetable Stew from Colombia (374 calories), Tamales from Mexico and from Cuba (163 versus 120 calories), Seafood Stew from Brazil (345 calories), Stuffed Pot Roast from Puerto Rico (533 calories), and flan from everywhere (423 calories). Steven Raichlen gives the reader a great way to spice up a diet, and a great diet to help life last a long, pleasurable time.

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About Steven Raichlen

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Multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher, and TV host, Steven Raichlen is the man who reinvented barbecue. His best-selling Barbecue Bible cookbook series (4 million copies in print) and The Primal Grill and Barbecue University™ TV shows on PBS have helped people all over the world ascend the ladder of grilling enlightenment.

Raichlen’s obsession with live fire cooking began with The Barbecue Bible (Workman, 1998), an IACP/Julia Child Award-winning encyclopedic study of global grilling chronicling his 4-year, 200,000-mile odyssey on the world’s barbecue trail. In 2000, Workman published How to Grill, the world’s first step-by-step guide to live fire cooking, with more than 1000 color photographs, hailed by the New York Times as “astute, approachable, and eminently appealing.” How to Grill won an IACP Award and has more than 1.5 million copies in print.

BBQ USA (2003) is Raichlen’s 780-page, 650-photograph, 425-recipe love song to regional American barbecue and won a 2004 James Beard Award. His most recent book, Raichlen on Ribs (Workman, 2006), celebrates what for many people is the most iconic and quintessential barbecue—ribs—in all their global glory.

Raichlen’s 28 books include Barbecue Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades; Beer Can Chicken; the perennially popular Miami Spice (Workman Publishing), and the James Beard Award-winning Healthy Latin Cooking published in English and Spanish by Rodale. In all Raichlen has won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP awards, and his books have been translated into 12 languages, including French, Russian, and Japanese.

Raichlen’s TV shows include the popular Barbecue University™ and the sizzling new Primal Grill, which debuts on PBS in May, 2008. He has appeared on virtually every major national TV show, from The Today Show, Good Morning American, and CNN to Oprah, the View, and Regis and Kelly. In 2000, Raichlen created Barbecue University, a unique cooking school hailed by the Food Network as the “#1 Barbecue Experience in the U.S.” The 2008 sessions will take place at the ultra-luxurious Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on June 1-4, and 4-7. Raichlen also created the Best of Barbecue line of grilling accessories, manufactured by the Companion Group.

In August, 2003, Raichlen battled—and defeated—Iron Chef Roksbura Michiba in a barbecue battle on Japanese television. He is currently working on two books: one is a novel—and, no, it has nothing to do with barbecue. The other is Planet Barbecue, which is scheduled for publication next year. In 1975, Raichlen received a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, as well as a Fulbright to study comparative literature. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and trained at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris. Raichlen lives with his wife, Barbara, in Miami, Florida. (

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