Isabel González is the co-author with Carolina Buia 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 González and Buia 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 González and Buia have utilized their professional media backgrounds to become media spokes people for many Latin-inspired cooking and entertaining promotional campaigns, and González has appeared twice on Food Network’s Iron Chef as a guest judge.
González, a first generation Cuban-American, is a senior editor at InStyle magazine, and was the editor of Hearst’s first ever Hispanic lifestyle magazine Tu Vida. She was previously a Special Projects Editor at Teen People, where she produced lifestyle, fashion, and DIY (do-it-yourself) and home packages as well as managing the Trendspotting program, for which she has appeared frequently on TV. She is a founding member of the first-ever Hispanic employee affinity group at Time Warner, Hola@TimeInc, and served as co-chair. She has written numerous articles on entertaining, fashion, and trends for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well as Time, Latina, and Bride’s. Her parents owned an acclaimed Cuban restaurant in Atlanta, Sarita’s, which is where González first developed her passion for Latin food and entertaining.
González lives in New York City.
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.