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Secretos de la Cocina Colombiana

“Secrets of Colombian Cooking” es un libro que ilumina el misterio alrededor de la comida y las tradiciones de un país a través de sus recetas y anécdotas. Rodeado de los mares del Pacifico y Caribe, tierras altas de los Andes, riveras y selva Amazónica, bellos llanos ganaderos y agrícolas, Colombia con su variedad de climas produce una gama de víveres y colores plasmados en sus recetas y tradiciones.

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Esta es la historia de mi rencuentro con una abundancia y diversidad de alimentos que me lleva de vuelta a mi niñez y a mi familia… See Below

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100% of the money from the sales of Secrets of Colombian Cooking went to the children of NUTRIR Barranquilla!

“Secrets of Colombian Cooking” es un libro que ilumina el misterio alrededor de la comida y las tradiciones de un país a través de sus recetas y anécdotas. Rodeado de los mares del Pacifico y Caribe, tierras altas de los Andes, riveras y selva Amazónica, bellos llanos ganaderos y agrícolas, Colombia con su variedad de climas produce una gama de víveres y colores plasmados en sus recetas y tradiciones.

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Secrets Colombian

Esta es la historia de mi rencuentro con una abundancia y diversidad de alimentos que me lleva de vuelta a mi niñez y a mi familia. Viajé por lugares cercamos y remotos en busca de recetas autóctonas, de personajes únicos en el mundo de la tradición culinaria, cocineros, vendedoras y aficionados de la comida de mi tierra, sus costumbres y preferencias. No hubo un lugar ni persona que tuviese las recetas escritas, y fue allí donde al ver las preparaciones, pasar días en sus cocinas y compartir un poco de sus vidas, aprendí qué somos la familia Colombiana, como se pasan las tradiciones de generación en generación y cuan aprecio tenemos por ellas. Estas recetas las reproduje y escribí para usted, detalladamente y de forma que se puedan preparar en casa con total satisfacción. La mayoría son simples y rápidas de preparar.

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Incluye:

  • 29 nuevas recetas con platos más ligeros colombianos
  • Más de 200 recetas fáciles de seguir
  • Una introducción a la cocina y en las regiones de Colombia
  • Un glosario de alimentos e ingredientes colombianos
  • Adicional 16 páginas con fotos en color, y fotografías en blanco y negro en todo el libro.

“Secrets of Colombian Cooking” abre una ventana al mundo en la vida de las familias Colombianas. En sus paginas encontramos tradiciones autenticas de la Cocina Colombiana. Desde arepas y pandebonos, sancochos y cazuelas, ajíes y toda la gama de productos del plátano, hasta las mas ricas preparaciones con frutas de la zona como uchuvas, guayabas, tamarindo y mucho mas, en la amplia gama de recetas que llenaran su Corazón de cariño y confort.

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“…fills a void for the delightful, little-known and vibrant cuisine of this South American nation. You will be thrilled by the ethnic diversity and originality of the dishes passionately and thoroughly gathered by native chef Patricia McCausland-Gallo.” –Jacques Pépin

“Colombian cooking usually is tossed into general South American cookbooks and too rarely receives an entire mention apart from the rest of the region: enter Patricia McCausland-Gallo’s Secrets of Colombian Cooking, providing the much-needed focus on Colombian dishes alone. . . . Author McCausland-Gallo is both a nutritionist and pastry chef born in the Caribbean: her culinary back- ground lends to a clear survey of classic Colombian fare.” –The Midwest Book Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

Finally, an excellent book on true Colombian cuisine!
By Elena Hernandez on May 30, 2005
http://elamorporlacocina.com

Format: Hardcover

The best thing about “Secrets of Colombian Cooking” is the fact that it is written by a native Colombian. Patricia McCausland -Gallo is originally from Barranquilla, a city on the northern coast of Colombia. She traveled extensively throughout the country researching for the best recipes for this book. Secrets of Colombian Cooking is a magnificent and very complete collection of the best dishes of Colombian cuisine.

I am lucky because Patricia now lives in Panama and I was able to attend a cooking class that showcased recipes from this book. In this class the author prepared 5 dishes: “Arroz con Coco y Pasas Titoté” – this is a rice prepared with coconut milk and raisins – the coconut milk is left to reduce in a cast iron pot – until only the coconut oil is left and it begins to stick to the sides of the pot and change to a brownish color – this is Titoté – add the raisins and let them sit for a few minutes until they begin to puff – add rice and fry it in the Titoté and then cook the usual way – the result is an ultra delicious rice dish fragant with coconut and with the sweetness of raisins added.

Chef McCausland also prepared a very famous little bread in Colombia called “Pandebonos” – they are very similar to Popovers but these are prepared with yuca flour and cheese – a very easy and quick recipe made in only a few minutes. One of the other typical Colombian dishes prepared were the “Patacones Pisaos” – giant ultra crispy green plantains fried and served with just a little salt sprinkled on top.

But, the one recipe that blew our minds and left every single person in that class crazy for Patricia Mc Causland’s Colombian cooking, was the “Cazuela de Mariscos al Coco” or “Crustacean Chowder” on page 90 of the book. This is the most delicious seafood soup I have ever tasted and the best part is that it is super simple to make and with ingredients very easy to find – seafood, you can use shrimp, clams, squid, mussels, or your favorite combination of seafood – you can even use the frozen mixed seafood in the 1 pound bags found in the supermarket – the recipe calls for fresh Coconut Milk, but you can substitute for the unsweetened canned one found in the store – other ingredients called for are saffron, to give the orangy color of the soup , cilantro, white wine, and parsley. This dish is – without exaggeration – amazingly delicious, I personally think that if you want a single reason to get this book, it would be this one spectacular recipe!

Other traditional recipes found in this book are “Ajiaco Bogotano” – the famous Chicken and Potato Soup typical of Bogota, the capital city of Colombia, “Empanaditas Vallunas” – little Beef and Pork Turnovers made with yellow corn and stuffed with a filling made with beef and pork cooked with onions, garlic, potatoes, and spices. “Arepas con Huevo” or Egg Filled Arepas – this dish particularly called my attention – is an arepa partially cooked, then cut open to stuff with an egg, closed again with more masa, then cooked until the egg is done. “Bandeja Paisa” – is a typical dish from the region of Antioquia – made with beans, meat, pork rinds,fried eggs, chorizos, rice, plantains and sauce. On the sweet side, “Arequipe” – or the equivalent for Colombian Dulce de Leche – “Arroz con Leche” or Rice Pudding, “Flan de Coco” or Coconut Pudding are some of the desserts that you can find in the book.

These are the TRUE secrets of Colombian Cooking – and no one can write a book about a native food better than a native Chef.

The recipes are simple to follow, and the results are outstanding.

If it is authentic typical Colombian recipes, in other words, the “real thing”, that you are looking for, then I highly recommend “Secrets of Colombian Cooking”.

Secretos de la Cocina Colombiana
Author: Patrícia McCausland-Gallo
Publisher: CCW
Editorial Norma
ISBN: 0-7818-1025-6