The SalviSoul Cookbook Review

The SalviSoul Cookbook Review

Title: The SalviSoul Cookbook: Salvadoran Recipes and the Women Who Preserve Them
Author: Karla Tatiana Vasquez
Published: April 30, 2024, Ten Speed Press
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $31.50 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Salvadoran food isn’t all that well-known, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. In fact, Karla Tatiana Vasquez has release an excellent cookbook, The SalviSoul Cookbook: Salvadoran Recipes and the Women Who Preserve Them, which presents the mouthwatering food that is celebrated in San Salvador. Not only does this cookbook contain great recipes, but it includes stories and vignettes of the author’s family, which makes it easy to relate to them and want to try their recipes.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients first, followed by step-by-step instructions. This makes it easy for all of us – beginning to advanced cooks – to follow them and turn out delicious, unique dishes.

The cookbook also includes beautiful photographs of both the mouthwatering dishes and scenery and landscapes from the author’s country, and they are so appealing, it will make reader want to visit soon.

The Salvadorans are famous for their papusas, and there are several recipes for different varieties of them. I have had them in the states at a few restaurants, and assumed that they were the only thing Salvadorans actually ate, but had no idea that there were other amazing dishes that I want to make from the country. Most of the recipes use ingredients that are readily available in the states, and, although many of the recipes require a bit of time to make, they are set out simply and most aren’t difficult.
All told, this is an excellent cookbook. It is a change from the same old, same old Latin cookbooks that are everywhere. This one is beautiful and I love having it on my bookshelf

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

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