Cooking in San Germán Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Regional Cuisine

Non-Fiction - Cooking/Food
188 Pages
Reviewed on 05/20/2020
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Author Biography

Digna Cassens, MHA, RDN, CLT, FAND. I am the President, Cassens Associates – Diversified Nutrition Management System, a micro-company with a degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics, Leap Therapy & Healthcare Administration & a lifetime credential for the California Community Colleges. My love of food focusing on fresh locally sourced food deliciously prepared led me to develop my own recipes, and my love of writing led to publishing recipe books.

Cooking in San Germán Puerto Rico is a regional Puerto Rican cuisine book of recipes developed by my mother and her friend, eventually translated to English at he request of visitors to Puerto Rico. Since the books unavailable since 2012 and were still being requested I published this second edition. It's been very popular and received the 2020 Gourmand Cookbooks World Award in the category Latin American food.

In addition to creating new recipes, my free time is spent dabbling in painting, my new hobby, and tending to my trees & gardens, improving the ecosystems in the area, tending to a pond where I keep rescued water turtles and frogs, and our three rescued dogs. I also participate in preserving the High Desert clean by picking up trash during off-road trips.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“Every meal shared with love is a big feast!” And so begins a family treasury of recipes from San Germán, Puerto Rico. Cooking in San Germán Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican Regional Cuisine by Digna Irizarry Cassens, Marina Martínez de Irizarry, and Yuyú Alcaráz vda. de Vivoni was first published in Spanish in 1989, translated and published in English in 1990. This is the second edition of a wonderful treasury that traces the history of a unique part of the Americas and its culinary specialties which define the people who live there. Complete with photographs of historic places and places of interest in San Germán in particular, as well as in Puerto Rico, this current volume includes photographs of some of the original recipe writers who created the first edition.

This treasury includes a multitude of regional recipes to tempt any discerning palate. The book is well organized with an interesting introduction to the original recipe writers for the first edition and how this second one came into being. It also includes some history of San Germán and of Puerto Rico. A glossary explains some of the ingredients that might be unusual to non-Puerto Ricans, like annatto oil, chorizo, and guava paste. A concise Table of Contents organizes the recipes into various categories from beverages to main dishes like meats, poultry, and seafood, to desserts and sweets, ending with a chapter headed “Lagniappe (Something Extra)”. Each recipe lists the ingredients and quantities concisely and provides a description of the method of preparation. Overall, Cooking in San Germán Puerto Rico is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collector’s library, or someone interested in trying Puerto Rican foods.