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Street Eats: Latin American Flavors

Fred Thompson

Sandra Gutierrez wants you to know this: Not all Latin Americans eat tacos.That’s just one of the misconceptions the accomplished author tackles in her new cookbook, Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina.

Another is the notion that all street food is served spicy-hot. In fact, many of the dishes are mellow and mild, such as the guava and cream cheese pastry – empanada de queso y guayaba – you’d find in Cuba. Another is the Chilean steak and cheese sandwich known as a barro luco.


Gutierrez will visit Charlotte to talk about the vibrant, international street-food culture, while sharing samples from her book, this Saturday at 2:00 at Park Road Books.

Her last book, The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South, won rave reviews for the engaging author who combines creative cookery with easy-to-master instructions that guarantee a perfect result in a reader’s own home kitchen.

Gutierrez offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes as well.

Ask her about the popularity south of the border of the hot dogs we in the U.S. think of as our own – and be prepared to embark on a journey that will take your taste buds to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and beyond…

The event is free; books will be available for purchase and autographing.