World expert on the food of Latin America, author, and chef Maricel Presilla is this week’s guest on Taste Matters. Tune in for a lively conversation about the culture, cuisine and culinary landscape of Latin America. Find out how she managed to write the personal yet encyclopedic award-winning book “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America”. Learn how all the different Latin American cuisines are part of a larger constellation, and find out why Maricel is not a fan of deconstruction in food. This program was sponsored by 360 Cookware.

“My book, “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America”, is a product of the US, because I could buy every ingredient I needed in a short distance from my home in New Jersey.” [08:05]

“Deconstruction doesn’t work for me. Some foods require a matrix and there’s a synergy when the elements are combined.” [23:00]

“You have to think about Latin America food as part of a constellation.” [28:00]

–Maricel Presilla on Taste Matters