The Food and Cooking of Colombia & Venezuela: Traditions, ingredients, tastes, techniques, 65 classic recipes Hardcover – Nov 16 2011
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About the Author
Of both Colombian and Venezuelan heritage, Patricia McCausland-Gallo studied food and nutrition at Louisiana State University. She lives in Panama and writes cookbooks and food articles.
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I've never lived in Colombia, but I did live in Venezuela and I can say without hesitation that no real Venezuelan would approve of how his/her country is portrayed in this book. The author was born in Colombia (but came to the US at a young age) and her only connection with Venezuela mentioned in the book is that her grandfather was a Venezuelan. So, she learned about "hayacas" (that is the spelling in the book, instead of "hallacas"). However, with the one recipe included in this book, it is obvious that she didn't learn that every Venezuelan household has its own signature recipe for this traditional Christmas dish. I could go on, but I'll stop before I get too worked up. There are only a couple of other recipes that purport to be from Venezuela.
If you are interested in Venezuelan cooking, find a copy of a Scannone cookbook Mi Cocina a La Manera De Caracas (rojo)and dust out your Spanish dictionary or, better yet, learn Spanish well enough to use the authentic recipes. This book on Colombian cooking should have printed the word "Venezuela" in the title with a tiny font, because that would more accurately reflect the book's content. The book gives short shrift to Venezuelan cooking.
It's certainly one of its kind, the photos are amazing and the recipes are truly fantastic! Thanks Patricia!