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Simple Food, Big Flavor

Simple Food, Big Flavor

Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours

Photographer: Michael Harlan Turkell / With: JJ Goode
You’ve seen him on the Food Network’s Chopped, Chefs vs. City, and Heat Seekers. You’ve savored his lovingly prepared dishes at Centrico in New York City. Now, with Simple Food, Big Flavor, award-winning restaurateur Aarón Sánchez brings the amazing tastes and aromas found in his kitchen to yours.

Aarón Sánchez’s passion for food has placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs. He has earned a premiere spot in the world of culinaria, introducing an enthusiastic national audience to his technique and creativity with modern interpretations of classic Latin cuisine. In Simple Food, Big Flavor, rather than over-whelming readers with complex, intimidating dishes, he starts small, showing how one simple but fabulous “base” recipe can become many fantastic dishes. Take Garlic-Chipotle Love, a blend of roasted garlic, canned chipotles in adobo, cilantro, and lime zest that keeps in the fridge for weeks or in the freezer for months. Once you make it, you’re just a few steps away from delicious dishes like Chipotle-Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bean and Butternut Squash Picadillo, and Mussels with Beer and Garlic-Chipotle Love.

And that’s just the beginning. Sánchez features fifteen of these flavor base recipes, including Roasted Tomato Salsa, Cilantro-Cotija Pesto, and homemade Dulce de Leche. He even shares his plan of attack for making the perfect mole and how to team it up with roasted Cornish game hens, turkey enchiladas, and the ultimate crowd pleaser, braised beef short ribs. He then provides detailed yet easy tips for applying each sauce to everyday meals, whether you spread it on hamburgers, turn it into a marinade for easy grilled chicken, or stir in a little oil and lime for salad dressing with a kick.

With his warm and engaging style, Sánchez equips home cooks with the skills and knowledge they need to come up with their own simple, flavorful meals every night of the week. Your kitchen will be en fuego! As Sánchez says, your food will go from inspiring smiles and polite nods to igniting ridiculous grins and bear hugs. Enjoy!
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451611502 | 
  • October 2011
List Price $26.99
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Posted by Aaron Sanchez

Don't make the same old boring mashed potatoes for your family—give them a surprising smoky flavor with a secret sauce from Simple Food, Big Flavor by Aarón Sánchez.

About the Author

Aaron Sanchez
Photograph © Michael Harlan Turkell

Aaron Sanchez

Aarón Sánchez is the Food Network star of “Chefs vs. City,” “Heat Seekers,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Chopped,” and “Chopped All-Stars.” He is the owner and executive chef of Centrico, located in Manhattan, as well as the culinary face behind Tacombi. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin Chefs. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, singer/songwriter Ife Sanchez Mora, and two their children.

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