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Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop Book Signing

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It was a rainy day in the French Quarter this past Sunday. The Krewe of Barkus was scheduled to parade their costumed dogs throughout the French Quarter. At Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop on Toulouse Street, an eclectic bookstore that sells cookbooks, vinyl and homeade spices. I, the author of New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking was scheduled to sign cookbooks and serve some of the dishes from my cookbook. I went earlier that morning to ‘make groceries’ at a Mid-City Latin grocery store on Broad Street called Ideal Market. A grocery store where many Hondurans, Haitians and day laborers frequent for a hot lunch or to shop for the family. I made my selections for my Cuban Chicken Soup and Garbanzos with Crawfish and Louisiana Smoked Sausage (Purchased the crawfish tails and Louisiana Smoked Sausage at Rouses) recipe and off to my kitchen to make two big pots of food. 

When I arrived at Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop with my food wrapped, hot and ready for Philipe’s (the owner’s) crockpots, I was in heaven! I am a super nerd and I love antiques and anything vintage. Which is probably why I love New Orleans so much. It gets me and I get this city. The rain came tumbling down yet the Mardi Gras paraders kept on parading with their dogs while clutching their ‘to go’ cups. I was nervous. We reached out to everyone but its tough to host an event with no parking, in the middle of the parades and when its raining. However, thanks to the only Latina (Cuban) tour guide who was at my cookbook signing, she pulled people in from the streets and enticed them with the smell of my food, beer and wine. 

I met some really awesome people and I am so grateful that we sold most of my cookbooks. Everyone left with a full belly, a memorable experience of New Orleans that they will take back to the city they reside in and my cookbook – a new addition to their kitchen library. Sunday was a good day! Thanks Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop. Support local bookstores!

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Mardi Gras Book Signing this Sunday!!!

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Sorry friends for not blogging. I promise I will post some awesome recipes next week. If you are in New Orleans this Sunday 2/23/14 come to my book signing at the Kitchen Witch Cookbook Shop 631 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter. We are serving mojitos, beer, wine and recipes from the cookbook. New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking will also be for sale.

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Make something special for your loved one or give them the gift that keeps on giving! New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking

http://www.amazon.com/Zella-Palmer-Cuadra/e/B00E7KSGVO

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Do you know who Chef Adolfo Garcia is?

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If you don’t know who Chef Adolfo Garcia is you need to know. He was voted Top Latino Chef by a host of organizations, magazines and newspapers. A James Beard Winner and the baddest restaurateur I know!

When I was working on my book, I had to have him in my book. I rode my bike to his restaurant A Mano in the New Orleans Warehouse District and told him about my project. He said, “Sure baby. Whatever you need,” with his Latino New Orleanian accent. He became my godfather and has delivered on everything I needed to make this cookbook a reality.

I interviewed him and his firecracker Dominican wife Margarita. They shared with me their story, their laughter, their food and practically adopted me lol. In my book New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking, Margarita said, “We were still living in New York when I was pregnant and Adolfo was finishing up his schooling at the Culinary Institute of America. I went into labor in a middle of a snowstorm. Adolfo called for an ambulance and he said, “Please come get my wife. She’s in labor and I’m from New Orleans. I don’t know how to drive in the snow!”

Today, Chef Adolfo Garcia owns 4 restaurants in New Orleans, A Mano, Gusto, High Hat Cafe and La Boca. Yet he is so humble about his career. Soooo many approached him to be in their book or to ghost write a cookbook for him but he said yes to me and I’m grateful. Read the foreword in my book. He wrote it and it’s pure Latino Who Dat Nation! Thank you Chef! Mil Gracias! http://nbclatino.com/2013/10/10/chef-spotlight-adolfo-garcia-on-advancing-latin-cuisine-in-new-orleans/

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My First Cookbook Review in Spanish! Muchisimas Gracias El Tiempo New Orleans!

My cookbook, New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking launched on November 1, 2013. I am so grateful for the reception it is receiving. My goal for 2014 is for my cookbook to be part of everyone’s kitchen library from the East Coast to the South. So far I know the book is in Puerto Rico and Germany! Hopefully, the book will be translated in Spanish for Spanish speaking readers. The culinary history of Latinos in New Orleans needs to be shared! Le Bon Temps Rouler a lo Latino!

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Thanks Louisiana Kitchen & Culture!!

Check out my recipe for Cuban Crawfish Croquettes with Creamy Salsa Verde in Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine!!
http://louisiana.kitchenandculture.com/recipes/shrimp-and-crawfish-croquette-creamy-salsa-verde

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Barnes &Noble Book Signing Mandeville, Louisiana

I had a blast at my book signing today! I met some really cool people and signed some copies on this rainy day. I met a Peruvian personal chef and she really got me thinking about opening my personal chef business here in Louisiana. I love to come in a home or business and cook for people. I love that moment when my clients taste my food and I see the look on their faces. Priceless!!! Now that I have published my first cookbook, I am really thinking about what 2014 will look like. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to scheduling more book signings at other Barnes & Nobles throughout Louisiana, New York and Chicago and bringing Latino Who Dat Nation in 2014 to a city near you!

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