Beautiful photographs and oral history of the cuisine that has
been too long overlooked in New Orleans cooking
Latino culture has left an indelible mark on classic New Orleans cuisine and its history from the eighteenth century to the influx of Latino migration post-Katrina and up to today. But very few writers have devoted as much attention to New Orleans’s Latin American heritage as they have to its French heritage. And now this contribution to city’s unique native cuisine is celebrated and recognized in this beautifully illustrated volume.
New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking (University Press of Mississippi) is a documentary cookbook that draws on the rich Latino culture and history of New Orleans by focusing on thirteen New Orleanian Latinos from diverse backgrounds. Their stories are compelling and reveal a history that for too long has been overlooked. From farmers’ markets, fine-dining restaurants, street cart vendors, and home cooks, there isn’t a part of the food industry that has been left untouched by this fusion of cultures.
For each interview, the author, Zella Cuadra visited and interviewed the participants. Each dish is placed in historical context and is presented in full-color images, along with photographs of the cooks. Readers are left with fascinating oral histories of contemporary Hispanic lives in and around New Orleans.
Finally, New Orleans Con Sabor Latino includes a lagniappe section of New Orleans recipes from a Latin perspective. Such creations include seafood paella with shrimp boudin, Puerto Rican po’boy (jibarito) with grillades, and Cuban chicken soup bring to life this delicious mix of traditional recipes and new flavors.
Zella Palmer Cuadra is a curator, cook, culinary historian, and writer. She has curated or collaborated on exhibits at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the Newcomb Art Gallery in New Orleans and DuSable Museum in Chicago. She is also editor-in-chief of Poize Magazine. Natalie Root is a food photographer who has published in several regional publications, including the cookbook Simply Suppers by Chef Jennifer Chandler. She created New Orleans Fare, a series of iconic photographs that exemplify the city’s unique culinary culture. Adolfo Garcia is chef and owner of New Orleans restaurants RioMar, La Boca, a Mano, and Gusto. He has been named a James Beard semifinalist and one of the top eight Latin chefs in the country by Hispanic Magazine.