Latin American Street Food

The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina

By Sandra A. Gutierrez

376 pp., 7 x 9, 90 color plates, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7256-4
    Published: August 2022
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-0870-9
    Published: September 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-0881-5
    Published: September 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4281-7
    Published: September 2013

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Awards & distinctions

Grand prize winner, M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames d'Escoffier International

From tamales to tacos, food on a stick to ceviches, and empanadas to desserts, Sandra A. Gutierrez's Latin American Street Food takes cooks on a tasting tour of the most popular and delicious culinary finds of twenty Latin American countries, including Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and Brazil, translating them into 150 easy recipes for the home kitchen. These exciting, delectable, and accessible foods are sure to satisfy everyone.

Sharing fascinating culinary history, fun personal stories, and how-to tips, Gutierrez showcases some of the most recognized and irresistible street foods, such as Mexican Tacos al Pastor, Guatemalan Christmas Tamales, Salvadorian Pupusas, and Cuban Sandwiches. She also presents succulent and unexpected dishes sure to become favorites, such as Costa Rican Tacos Ticos, Brazilian Avocado Ice Cream, and Peruvian Fried Ceviche. Beautifully illustrated, the book includes a list of sources for ingredients.

About the Author

Sandra A. Gutierrez, who grew up in the United States and Guatemala, is a food writer, culinary instructor, and recipe developer. She is author of The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South. She lives in Cary, North Carolina.
For more information about Sandra A. Gutierrez, visit the Author Page.


"Ms. Gutierrez's recipes make it possible for readers to experience Latin American street food that is authentic in every respect."โ€”Wall Street Journal

"Sandra Gutierrez takes the reader and home cook on a culinary road trip through 20 Latin American countries and introduces us to the best of each country's street food in 150 fun, authentic recipes."โ€”Huffington Post

"The book is packed with surprises . . . [and] many appealing recipes, a great adventure."โ€”Kitchen Arts and Letters

"This is a wonderfully different cookbook, with expected recipes like guava and cream cheese pastries and Cuban sandwiches along with street foods that are less familiar to most Americans, such as Brazilian avocado ice cream, Peruvian fried squid ceviche, Salvadoran pupusas, and Guatemalan Christmas tamales."โ€”Miami Herald

"A thorough study of a genre many only encounter at food trucks."โ€”Boston Globe Top Cookbook of 2013

"Offers a glimpse of the variety of food that ended up being sold on streets from Lima, Peru, to Mexico City."โ€”Raleigh News & Observer

Multimedia & Links

Visit Sandra's website,

Follow Sandra on Twitter @SandraLatinista.

Learn more about Latin American Street Food from this book trailer:

Whiskey and Wheatgrass has produced several videos with Sandra, such as this one describing how to safely use a chef's knife:

Also see more recipes and other related blog posts from Sandra at UNC Press Blog.