Carolina Buia is the co-author with Isabel González of Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass (Rayo), which captures the best pan-Latin flavors and the unique spirit of Latin entertaining. Playful and practical, it follows Buia and González as they host parties in fabulous locations across Latin America. They were featured on ABC’s The View, NBC’s Today, and Food Network’s Emeril Live. Since its publication Buia and González have utilized their professional media backgrounds to become media spokespeople for many Latin-inspired cooking and entertaining promotional campaigns.
Born in Venezuela and raised between there and Miami, Buia was the New York correspondent for the nationally-syndicated television show Celebrity Justice, where she covered high-profile court cases involving the rich and famous. Before that, she was the New York Bureau Chief for Telemundo’s most popular news show, Al Rojo Vivo. As producer and on-air talent, Buia covered breaking news stories in the Northeast, and also reported on entertainment news in New York that was of interest to the Hispanic community, such as interviews with Benicio del Toro and Celia Cruz. Prior to her work in television, she was a writer-reporter at Time magazine for three years where she wrote a weekly finance column, worked on Time’s Canadian and Latin American editions, managed the re-design of “Your Time,” covering fashion, food, health, and personal finance, and was a founding board member of Hola@TimeInc. She has written for Conde Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and Teen People.
Buia lives in Connecticut with her family.
About Latin Chic:
“Latin Chic is filled with tantalizing recipes for party foods and drinks from across the spectrum of Central America, South America and Caribbean cuisine... And it’s the authors who exemplify the ‘style and sass’ of the book’s title.”
—New York Times Regional Newspapers
In Latin Chic, Buia and González present the perfect primer for entertaining with flair. They combine party tips, enticing recipes, and cultural history to create a guide that is stylishly practical and sassily informative. The book features ten “Latin Chic” gatherings that readers can use as inspiration for their own get-togethers, ranging from casual and intimate to full-blown and formal. Each party event includes tips on decorating, music, attire, and more. Each chapter offers cocktails, drinks, and tapas, or full-course menus. The recipes are simple to prepare and go beyond the familiar mojitos or chicken quesadillas. With more than 100 recipes, the authors’ pan-Latin approach incorporates traditional and Nuevo Latino fare, family recipes, and some of their own creations. Latin Chic also delivers clever tips on décor – from colorful and inexpensive Loteria cards as placeholders, flea market candlesticks, glasses filled with seashells, paper lanterns, exotic fruit cornucopias, to decorating tables and rooms with dahlias, bougainvilleas, and nasturtiums. Menus and easy-to-follow recipes take the guess work out of what to serve, including dishes like Guava Basted Pork Chops, Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche, and Passion Fruit Mousse. Cocktail recipes include a variety of daiquiris, sangria, and mojito martinis. Beautiful photography and illustrations highlight the lively text.
From décor and drinks to the most delectable and savory dishes, Buia and González offer a one-of-a-kind guide to entertaining that will give food enthusiasts a Latin twist to their get-togethers the likes of which will leave them the envy of all of their friends.