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General Information

Name:  Jose Garces  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1972 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jose was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jose Garces was born in Chicago to Ecuadorian immigrants and often credits his family’s heritage with influencing his decision to become a chef. After several semesters at a traditional college, he enrolled in Chicago’s Kendall College and graduated from their Culinary Arts program. Garces is also the executive chef at Chicago’s Mercat a la Planxa, a Catalan restaurant where he works in collaboration with Sage Restaurant Group.

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Titles At Your Library

Latin Evolution
ISBN: 189110537X

Lake Isle Press. 2008

The flavors and cooking styles of Spain and Latin America have become increasingly popular with American diners and foodies. In this debut collection of recipes, chef Jose Garces explores the future direction of these cuisines through the use of new ingredients and techniques for example, the classic Mexican dish Turkey Mole featuring sesame-seed praline and shavings of Valrhona chocolate. Professional chefs and adventurous home cooks will find unlimited inspiration in this comprehensive and beautifully designed book.

The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru
ISBN: 1891105493

Lake Isle Press. 2012

Spanning cultures and continents, The Latin Road Home is a look back at the many food traditions that have shaped Garces' culinary life.

Beginning in Ecuador, ancestral home to his family and the foods nearest to his heart, Garces celebrates the traditional recipes of his childhood. The book makes its way through Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru―extraordinary cuisines Garces has come to know, love, and master. He shares not only recipes, but colorful memories of local cultures and insights into their unique ingredients and techniques. The cookbook features over 100 recipes tailored to the home cook, accompanied by over 100 food and travel photographs that truly immerse the reader.

Each chapter features a different country with menus highlighting Garces' takes on both mainstays of home cooking and popular street foods. The book is full of recipes for bright salads and ceviches, comforting stews, hearty beans, and tender braised meats. When a celebratory feast is in order, Jose's party menus are full of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and impressive fare for a kind of night where cooking becomes a part of the festivities.

Recipes are titled in both English and Spanish and stay true to their roots. Soulful, vibrant Latin dishes such as these will surely become the home-cooked staples of readers' kitchens: Green Plantain Empanadas with Braised Chicken, Grilled Spring Onions with Almond Sauce, Fried Stuffed Chiles, Braised Beef Stew with Red Beans, Pan-Roasted Shrimp with Tequila, and Salt-Baked Fish with Ginger Oil. From the gastronomic powerhouse that is Spain to the seafood-rich shores of fiery Peru, Garces showcases the heart of Latin cooking with dishes that are at once sophisticated and elemental.

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