Author John Verlinden to Speak at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley

The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 534-7307

March 30,  2015 | For Immediate Release

EVENT: John Verlinden, TO COOK IS TO LOVE: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes
Book Signing, Talk, and Tasting

WHEN: Thursday, April 9th, 7:00 pm

WHERE: The Odyssey Bookshop

Come join Author John Verlinden at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley on April 9th to sample delicious Cuban cuisine and explore Cuban culture through food and stories. The event will be followed by a book signing of Verlinden’s cookbook TO COOK IS TO LOVE: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes.

The menu for the evening will include samples of traditional Cuban fare such as mojitos, tropical vegetable chips with mango salsa, beef empanadas and bacalaitos (salt cod fritters).

John “Chef Johnny” Verlinden was the co-owner of Mucho Gusto Café & Collectibles®, the first Cuban-American restaurant in the heart of Boston, which received numerous awards during its lifetime, including the “Best of Boston” by Boston Magazine, “Boston’s Best” by Improper Bostonian, and “Top 50 Hispanic Restaurants in the U.S.” by Hispanic Magazine. John now works as a personal chef, writer and educator. When he isn’t cooking, writing about, or teaching children, adults and health professionals how to make his healthier Nuevo Cuban cuisine, he’s engaged in one of his other passions – consulting with businesses, advocating for humanitarian, health, and political issues in his community, or bringing friendship and material goods from the U.S. to the people of Cuba.  John resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his husband of 28 years.

About TO COOK IS TO LOVE: Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes:

To Cook Is to Love is a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine, and music told through the heartwarming experiences of Mami Aida who immigrated to the United States and raised her family. It is the must-have modern Latin cookbook for today’s health-conscious home chef. Chef and author John Verlinden introduces readers to Nuevo Cuban cuisine, a lighter, healthier, more stylized version of traditional Latin cooking that infuses gusto, soul, beauty and love into everyday meals. Traditional dishes like Arroz con Pollo, Ropa Vieja, and Pierna de Puerco Asada, are reinterpreted with attention to nutrition while never sacrificing that traditionalsabor. To Cook Is to Love makes Latin food accessible to chefs of all levels, with 200 easy-to-follow recipes that are accompanied by information boxes about the ingredients, cooking methods and presentation. The book retails for $21.99/trade paperback.


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