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  • Photography by Brian Park and Paul Wright
  • Recipes by Mariana Velasquez
  • Text by Monica Haim

 In his second book, LATIN STYLE Recipes and Décor for the Perfect Gathering, Juan Carlos leads us on a tasting journey across Latin America, highlighting some of the most popular dishes of regional Latin American cuisine. The book is thematically divided into four lifestyles that define the Latin aesthetic. Cabana is about the seaside, fresh seafood, where the flavors of the Caribbean meet those from Africa. Paradiso evokes the lush and abundance of rainforests, where fresh papaya and sugar cane meet with colorful spices like cayenne, coriander, and cumin. Hacienda recalls the mountains of the Andes, warm comfort foods with roots in Spain. Finally, Pueblo is evocative of the boisterous city marketplace, with live street music and colonial architecture, and the distinctive flavors of guava, guacamole, and tamales. The broad, rich culinary tradition wonderfully encapsulates the region’s diverse cultural mix: indigenous ingredients and recipes engage with Spanish and African flavors and traditions. Arcila-Duque arranges effortless, vibrant tablescapes that celebrate and reflect the mood of each meal and the region’s local flair. Recipes and menus, illustrated with photographs of different lifestyles, LATIN STYLE Recipes, and Décor for the Perfect Gathering is a feast for the eyes and a celebration for Latin America.