My Favorite Cookbook

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before on this blog, but my family and I recently moved, which caused me to find several treasures I hadn’t used in quite a long time.  This recipe book definitely falls into that category!  Daisy Cooks! was the first cookbook by chef Daisy Martinez that I ever bought, and has been well used in my household.  I first saw Daisy one day while flipping channels, and landing on my local PBS station.  Since her cuisine is Caribbean inspired, I watched a few episodes, then immediately ordered this book. 
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY (which has one of the largest Caribbean populations outside of the Caribbean), and my father was Haitian, so the dishes in this book really help me beat away the homesickness!  Another thing that I love about this book is that Daisy doesn’t just focus on Caribbean food, and also features dishes from places like Brazil, El Salvador, and Peru.  Since the recipes are laid out in an easy to read style, I’ve never felt that I couldn’t make any of the recipes I attempted. 
I won’t list out the recipes here since I’m sure that’ll violate the copyright, but here’s a list of some of my all time favorites!

  1. Puerto Rican Roast Turkey (Pavochon)– This wonderfully garlic turkey graces our Thanksgiving table every year.  I make the wet rub Daisy instructs for use under the turkey’s skin on the Monday before Thanksgiving, then let it marinate overnight.  On Tuesday night, I dry my turkey and cover it with the wet rub before placing it in a Ziploc bag until I cook it on Thursday morning.  With this recipe, my turkey is always moist, well seasoned and cooks faster than any other way I’ve tried.
  2. Puerto Rican Pot Roast (Carne Mechada)-  Looking for a recipe to spruce up your usual pot roast dinner?  This is the recipe for you!  My father loved this recipe, and I would always add extra garlic just for him.  While I don’t follow this recipe to the letter (I omit the ham most times), I believe that the steps Daisy lists helps my roast to come out perfect every time.
  3. Grandma’s Pork Chops (Chuletas de Abuela)- When pork chops are on special at the market, this is an awesome recipe to use for them. I’ve cooked this with both bone in and out, and they’re equally as tender. This recipe is listed in Daisy’s Top Ten, which she lists at the beginning of the book.

If you’ve ever been interested in trying out this type of cuisine, then this recipe book will be an excellent addition to your library!


Spokane based lifestyle blogger with a blended family and crazy miniature English bulldog.