Monday, April 12, 2010

Melting Pot Monday

Latin Grill
Sultry and Simple Food
By Rafael Palomino with Arlen Gargagliano, photographs: Dan Goldberg
Publisher: Chronicle Books
March 2010

Latin Grill gives you simple, passionate meals cooked over fire.

More than 80 recipes for easy-to-make grilled dishes, cooling ceviches, and cocktails such as Blueberry-Pisco Sours and Grilled Pineapple Mojitos to make an occasion of any meal. Grilling and relaxing at home has never been more of a pleasure!

Inspired by the traditional foods of Rafael Palomino's native Colombia and his travels, you, too, are a worldly adventurer who brings the fiesta to the table with uncomplicated recipes for everything from marinades and dipping sauces to appetizers, grilled meats, and desserts. A meal couldn't be simpler or more satisfying than Crisp Tortillas Topped with Prosciutto and Shaved Manchego Cheese or the signature Palomino burger, oozing with melted cheese and avocado. Roasted Muscovy Duck in a Honey-Black Pepper-Pineapple Glaze or Grilled Sea Scallops with a Cumin and Garlic Rub make an easy-yet-sophisticated mid-week dinner. Round out the meal with sides such as Grilled Caesar Salad, grilled asparagus, or sweet plantains.

For a dessert with unanimous appeal, dip homemade Churros into Dulce de Leche, Mora, or Chocolate Sauce or pull out all the stops for your favorite chocoholic with the unforgettable Semisweet Chocolate and Coffee Brioche Bread Pudding.

Whether it's a hot afternoon when grilling is the perfect dinner solution or a winter Sunday that needs to be spiced up . . . this food is no sweat. ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

Mmmm, sounds good.  Visit Amazon to order your copy!


Legacy of a False Promise: A Daughter's Reckoning
by Margaret Fuchs Singer
University of Alabama Press
October 28, 2009

Legacy of a False Promise by Margaret Fuchs Singer (The University of Alabama Press) chronicles the years during which the author's parents were exposed as former Communists and her father was subpoenaed before the House Un-American Activities Committee. In this memoir, Singer details her quest as an adult to learn about her parents' former political life and whether they ever spied for the Soviet Union.

Based on eight years of research using family records, FBI files, American University archives, personal interviews, and the declassified Venona cables, Legacy of a False Promise offers unique insights into the McCarthy era. Most "red-diaper babies" who have written on the subject had parents who refused to give in to HUAC's demands. Singer's work instead recounts the shame and series of betrayals that her father's decision to name names brought to her family. Furthermore, it explores the nature and activities of secret Communist underground cells, the motivation of New Deal government workers who spied for the Soviets and the campaign of the liberal anti-Communist movement to publicize its political position while defending a fired ex-Communist professor. Fuchs is believed to be the only American college professor who cooperated with the government and was fired. 

This book can be purchased at  For more information, visit the website of Margaret Fuchs Singer.


Juju at Tales of said...

OOOOOO I want the Latin Grill one!

Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

oozing melted cheese? avocado? caeser salad? asparagus? dulce de leche!!?

Okay... I am stopping there. I am hungry!=)

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