Seven Fires–Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallmann

  Just in time for Father's Day, famed Argentinean chef Francis Mallmann makes his US debut with this tour de force book on 'Grilling the Argentine Way.'  Mallmann is accompanied by Peter Kaminsky, Brooklyn-based author of Pig Perfect, among others.  South American celeb chef Mallmann resides in Garzon, Uruguay, where he has a restaurant, El Garzon.  His […]

Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes–Tomates Rellenos

  Earlier this week, I listened to Spanish Chef Jose Andres wax poetic about his favorite end-of-the-month meal as a child; Garbanzos con Espinacas.  (Guess what my favorite is!) The recipe is part of a series on NPR entitled "How Low Can You Go," where notable chefs feed a family of four for under $10. The recipes […]

Springtime Hearts of Palm Salad–Ensalada de Palmitos de Primavera

  Spring has sprung, and salads are back on the table.  Our bodies naturally follow a lighter diet, cleaning out our systems from winter's heartier stick-to-your-ribs meals.  This salad combines the unique flavors of its components–a typically Argentinean arrangement–a composed design, a juxtaposition of tastes. The salad contains lettuce as a base, but adds delicate […]

Sopa de Sorrel–Sorrel Soup

"You have to have it!  People who don't have soup don't ever grow up!" "And they stay little, and don't ever get big!"   … (Mafalda looking at her soup)… "What tranquility would reign today in the world if Marx hadn't eaten his soup!" Mafalda is Argentina's most loved and well-known comic strip, created in 1964 […]

Tortilla Española–Potato Omelet

  Tortilla Española means Spanish Torte, but it’s also known as Torta de Papas (Potato Torte) or Tortilla de Papas (Potato Tortilla).   Thin slices of potato are fried in olive oil with onions and spices until they are just browned around the edges, and then eggs are added, making a gratin or omelet. While […]