Islas Cookbook Review

Islas Cookbook Review

Title: Islas: A Celebration of Tropical Cooking―125 Recipes from the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean Islands
Author: Von Diaz
Published: March 12, 2024, Chronicle Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $29.80 Hardcover $16.99 Kindle

While few of us are lucky enough to live on a tropical island, we can still enjoy the mouthwatering food of the islands at home. Von Diaz, a noted writer and radio producer who is an expert on Puerto Rico, has released an excellent cookbook, Islas: A Celebration of Tropical Cooking―125 Recipes from the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean Islands . This excellent is full of unique recipes that most of us aren’t familiar with, as well as some that we have probably eaten in restaurants. Although most of the recipes call for ingredients readily available at larger local grocery stores, a few of them call for things that require a specialty store. The recipes are written in the traditional format with the ingredients listed first, followed by step-by-step instructions. They are easy to follow. Many are quite easy to prepare, however there are a few that may be a bit of a challenge, albeit worth it. Diaz has put notes at the beginning of each recipe with tips and explanations that make it easier to relate to.

The book is beautiful and fun to peruse. Readers will feel they are on a beautiful island or on an island cruise when reading it, and will find dozens of amazing recipes that they want to make.

This cookbook features beautiful, professional photographs of the islands, as well as many of the dishes. If there is one drawback, it is only that every dish isn’t pictured. However, there are so many positive aspects about this book, that I still love it. Most of those cooks who enjoy preparing new dishes with island nuances will want to add this to their collection.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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