Maricel E. Presilla
Maricel E. Presilla is a double threat: a scholarly chef. Co-owner of Zafra and Cucharamama, two Latin restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey, Presilla also holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history from NYU and has spent more than thirty years traveling extensively throughout Latin America. In Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America (W.W. Norton, $45.00 ) Presilla puts those impressive credential to good use in the form of more than 500 recipes from Mexico to Argentina and all the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean. “. . . a comprehensible, intelligent, original, and delicious voyage.” — Jacques Pépin. Presilla has authored and co-authored several cultural cookbooks, including The New Taste of Chocolate: A cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes and Feliz Nochebuena, Feliz Navidad: Christmas Feasts of the Hispanic Caribbean.