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“Daisy’s authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please.” –Rachael Ray

“Passion, tradition, flavor, and, most important, love–those are Daisy’s main ingredients.” –TED ALLEN, host of Chopped on the Food Network

Learn to Celebrate with the Queen of Latin Cooking

Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying. With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable. Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like Ruby Grapefruit Ceviche, Spaghetti with Chipotle-Pork Meatballs, Creamy Chicken-Lime Soup, and Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake that will prepare you for everything from a cozy festive fall dinner to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of traditional and modern cuisines are the hallmarks of Daisy’s cooking. Can’t-fail dishes—like Coconut and Winter Squash Soup—that Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with recipes she’s used to entertain her family and friends through the years.

With the preparation schedules and time-saving tips included in each menu, Daisy makes it easy to relax and enjoy creating memories with those you love.

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From Publishers Weekly

Unpretentious Latin home cooking gets a glossy sheen in this friendly, comprehensive cookbook. Martinez—star of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy!—draws from her own Puerto Rican traditions as well as her annual family journeys to Spanish-speaking countries around the world for her ambitious collection of recipes. Martinez also covers a wide array of events, from cocktail parties to elaborate dinner parties and weekend brunches. She tailors her recipes for the time-strapped with such dishes as Faster-Than-Takeout Chicken in Green Sauce alongside special chapters on weeknight dishes, like her guava–cream cheese turnovers with frozen puff pastry and a stitch in time tips for making dishes ahead. Though simplified, her recipes still incorporate their distinct regional flavors—with ingredients such as salt cod, alcaparrado, and coconut milk. (Mar.)
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“Daisy’s authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please.” — Rachael Ray

“Daisy Martinez will make a lot of people, but particularly my wife, Gloria, happy with these Latin dishes.” — Chef Jacques PÉpin

“Daisy was a great student, but in this book she proves herself to be a great teacher as well. These recipes are warm, inviting, and intelligent…just like that young, vivacious student!” — Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute

“Passion, tradition, flavor, and, most important, love — those are Daisy’s main ingredients, and you find them in every dish! From the first recipe I tried (Spicy Pineapple Vinegar!) to the latest (Fava Beans with Serrano Ham and Cream!), Daisy just propels me into the kitchen and makes me want to invite people over.” — Ted Allen, host of Chopped on the Food Network

“To dine at her home is to witness and taste one of America’s premier Latino-American chefs. Well, lucky for us, she has created a book with those same home recipes that will take you right back to your home cooking!” — Chef Art Smith, bestselling author and humanitarian

“Daisy has captured the true spirit of Latin-American cuisine and injected it with a powerful punch.” — Ivy Stark, executive chef of Dos Caminos

“A feast for all our senses!” — Esmeralda Santiago, bestselling author of When I Was Puerto Rican

“Even if you don’t have an abuelita, Daisy Martinez will teach you to cook like a true Boricua.” — Jason Perlow, founder of

“This is the kind of insanely flavorful food that you will want to eat all the time.” — William Schwalbe, founder of

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From Publishers Weekly:

Martinez serves up a jazzy tie-in to her new public television cooking show of the same name, and while the subtitle’s claim that the recipes within will “rock your world” is pure hyperbole, Martinez does offer a decent introduction to Latin “soul food.” The overly chirpy tone can feel cloying, yet Martinez succeeds in demystifying staples of Latin cooking. Starting with important such basics as Sofrito (a blend of onions, peppers, tomatoes and herbs that adds “zing” to dishes), Achiote Oil (which also adds a “quick kick”) and Recaito (a Sofrito-like seasoning, sans the color and extra liquid), she moves on to tapas, soups, meats, vegetables, starches and desserts. Recipes for the truly cooking-impaired (e.g., Guacamole, Black Beans, Basic White Rice) are unnecessary, but exotic dishes like Breadfruit Tostones (twice-fried crispy chips), Sole Baked in a Banana Leaf, and Stuffed Flank Steak are welcome. Health-conscious readers, beware: this cuisine is laden with animal products, carbs and things fried and refried, and Martinez admits to leaning toward too-large portions, which she calls “Daisy Servings.” Still, anyone new to Latin classics like Paella, Ropa Vieja, and Dulce de Leche should find plenty of motivation within these colorful pages.

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Julia Child introduced us to French cooking. Lidia Bastianich introduced us to Italian cooking. Now Daisy Martinez will introduce all of America to Latin cookingher way. In a country where salsa now outsells ketchup, Daisy Martinez is out on a mission to change the way we cook. In her new cookbook, a tie-in to her public television show, Daisy introduces us to the mouthwatering meals of her Latin ancestryand not just to the pork, beans, rice, and burritos many people associate with Latino culture. Here are Stuffed Yucca Fritters, Peruvian Minestrone, and Braised Chicken with Figs, to name just a few. By combining the delicious flavor of Latino cultures with ingredients available in any kitchen, Daisy shows us how to daisy-fy regular meals and turn them into something extraordinary. Divided into twelve chapters such as Turnovers and Tamales, Appetizers and Little Bites, Soups and One-Bowl Meals, and Chicken, Duck, and Turkey, and filled with more than 200 recipes and color photographs throughout, this is a cookbook that will introduce a new culinary star. Special features in the book include: Daisy’s Top Ten: palate-rocking staple dishes and condiments that will expand your repertoire, Daisy’s Corner: a series of essays about the intersection of food, family, and culture.

34 Responses to “Books”

  1. 1 Damaryd November 15, 2006 at 4:56 pm


    I met you in Philadelphia for the Cook and Book Show and the food was delicioso. I love your book and was wondering when will you be coming out with another book???

  2. 2 migui November 15, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Hello Damary..

    Daisy is currently gathering recipes for her next book project…we’ll keep you posted!

  3. 3 La Familia Garcia March 30, 2007 at 9:02 am


    We’ve been watching Daisy since day one, we drove an hour and a half to see Daisy in Freehold NJ and is was soo worth it. Her book is great its always open in our kitchen keep up the great work.I cant wait for they next book and we miss you on TV cant wait for your second season. By the way I love your new look que bonita when I first saw you with Mary Ann i had to do a double take I said is that Daisy. Thank God i found this website because until your back on the air I need my Daisy fix. We love you

    From your fellow Boricuas
    La Familia Garcia

  4. 4 daisy March 30, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Gracias Mis Queridos Amigos,

    Gracias por su apollo! I am so grateful for your continued support. I have changed production companies and will be back in studio shortly. Hang in there! We will be back, better than ever!


  5. 5 Eric Batiz April 17, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Daisy
    Love your show, and I wish someone can grab you and add you to the Food Network, that’s were you belong…

    Peace and Love Eric

    how about an autograph picture please and thank you

  6. 6 kim April 17, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    thank god you have this website. Its wonderful. I have sent many questions to yhe old website with no response. I also sent you your cookbook to have autograghed and hopefully a picture only to not have it returned. Sounds like maybe this site will be better. I LOOOOOOOOOVE your show I watch every single one, over and over again. your the best,
    your biggest fan, kim

    p.s. do you think maybe you could track down my book ?

  7. 7 daisy April 17, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Hola Eric,
    Que chulo! Thank you so very much for all of your support. I would be happy to send you a pic…please email my assistant Miguelina, and she will make sure to get it to you. You can reach her at

    Hasta pronto,


  8. 8 daisy April 17, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Kim: Migui will send you an email on this matter…Thanks for your patience.


  9. 9 alex vannerum April 18, 2007 at 12:54 am

    hi miss martinez,this is alex(belgian),living in new zealand.i mannaged to buy your book localy onthe internet.i will by the ingredients on amazon.look forward to your new show on sky tv.regards alex

  10. 10 Bobby Sombrero April 18, 2007 at 1:08 pm


    I hear your a Staten Island girl….

    I’m a southeast Annadale guy my whole life….

    I have been cooking Spanish/Mexican food for 27 years…

    I started ( as a junior at Tottenville HS ) at Carmens restaurant in 1979…..

    I need your advice on 2 mexican products that I have been asked to mass-produce for large chains like Costco/BJs/Wegmans etc…

    One is a soup , the other is a sauce…

    call me anytime

    Bobby Sombrero

  11. 11 Carol Jaoobs April 18, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Hola Daisy!

    I can’t tell you how much I love your cooking. I can say your cooking because when I use your recipes, it is just like I’ve eaten at la casa de Daisy! You make cooking look so easy, you have so much enthuasiam, and, like me, you “fam” is in the center of your life.

    I have tried many of your recipes:
    plantains w/ mojito
    lentil soup(substituted w/ pigeon peas)
    ropas viejas (YUMM) and more…

    I feel like an honorary Latina! My family loves your food too. Now, if I just make hamburgers, my kids ask “Is this from Daisy’s book?”.

    When (not if) you write your next book, please include a recipe for mofongo and could you please explain the differences in sausages? I am never sure which sausage to buy. There are so many types – chorizo, columbiano, salami, etc.

    Good Luck and much continued success.
    Carol Jacobs

  12. 12 daisy April 18, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Hola Alex! Greetings from Brooklyn NY!


  13. 13 mari May 13, 2007 at 9:48 pm




  14. 14 daisy May 23, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Gracias Mari for all you support.

    Saludos a todos!


  15. 15 Maria May 29, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Dear Daisy,

    I had the opportunity to meet you at Menlo Park Mall. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes from your book. I also want to Thank You and your assistant for your time, patience, and the wonderful pictures. I was so grateful that you were able to sign my book. My book is now proudly displayed in my kitchen. I look forward to seeing you on TV soon. I did send the Food Network an e-mail making my request to see you cooking on that network. Again Thanks for making my week/end.


  16. 16 C. Cruz July 7, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Your enthusiasm & techniques make cooking FUN! You inspire us to get over our fears, step into the kitchen & be creative! Boricua Cuisine is intense, so I’m thrilled your techniques make it approachable for us young’uns, but also allow the Elders to pick up a few tricks so our Family Gatherings are less laborious, but its still done right!
    La Familia Cruz-DiPilato

  17. 17 MARITZA cARDONA July 17, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    After getting on this website, most of my questions were answered. I feel just like the rest of these fans… Please come back. I already own the book and must say it is great… I just love this website. Can’t wait for her next book. Also, I am so proud ….to have someone like Daisy out there for us… Thanks a million, Daisy. You got talent, beauty, class and intelligence with a lot of passion.

  18. 18 daisy August 17, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Hola Familia Cruz-DiPilato,

    No tengo la manera de darle las gracias! Thank you so much for sharing my passion. I have to tell you, I have the best job in the world! It’s really wonderful to receive a post like this, because it validates everything that the whole “Daisy” thing stands for.

    Hasta pronto,


  19. 19 daisy August 17, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Hola Maritza,
    Wow! What can I possibly say to that, except Thank You so very much! I am very thrilled that you are enjoying the site, and the book. You should know that I have been given a column in Rachael Ray’s magazine “Everyday with Rachael Ray”. The name of the colum in “Mucho Gusto with Daisy Martinez”, so make sure you don’t miss those recipes.
    Hasta pronto,

  20. 20 Yvonne Soto November 11, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Hey Daisy:

    How are you I always whatch you show every Saturdays at 10:00am and I love it very much. Stay in touch I love you very much. Happy Holidays.

    Love Yvonne Soto

  21. 21 daisy November 12, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Happy Holidays to you too Yvonne!!


  22. 22 Carlos January 21, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I gave your book to my wife awhile ago and she still references it on a regular basis. Any plans for a sequel?

    Keep up the excellent work.

  23. 23 daisy January 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Dear Carlos:

    Daisy is currently working on a new book and show..keep visiting for updates!


  24. 24 Catherine February 11, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Hello Daisy,
    Just got married and my husband loves me more!
    All the dishes I do at our home are Daisy dishes and he loves them. Thank you so much .God Bless you alway.

    The pasteles and the shrimps are his fav.

    Thank you.

    Good luck with all your near plans. oxoxoxo

  25. 25 daisy February 12, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Catherine, congrats on your recent nuptuals! I’m thriolled you and your hubby are enjoying the recipes…I wish you a million years of happiness together!

  26. 26 David Cardona February 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Congratulations on your “Today” show appearance. I didn’t get to see it but I know you brought the energy as usual. Keep reppin’ Puerto Rico baby. Oh yeah, when are you coming back to Menlo Park? That arroz con gandules you cooked up were bangin!
    Stay Healthy, David Cardona

  27. 27 daisy February 18, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hola David!

    Thanks for the kind words and your continued support! I will let you know when I am headed out towards Menlo Park again, but keep an eye on to see where I’ll be making live appearances.

    Hasta pronto,


  28. 28 Tanya February 27, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Daisy!

    I love your show! I am so glad that we finally have a boriqua representing! I just had a quick question. Does your book have the tostones with tomatoes jam and crab ceviche recipe? Thanks for your time and help!!
    Take care,

  29. 29 daisy February 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for your kind words,Tanya, you are too sweet! All of the recipes you see on my show are in the book, plus many more. Have fun!

  30. 30 Acura lawrence new hampshire March 9, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Catherine, congrats on your recent nuptuals! I’m thriolled you and your hubby are enjoying the recipes…I wish you a million years of happiness together!

  31. 31 SYL OSTIR April 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    How do we get you on the food network???? We need you on a regular basis…….PRIME TIME!!!!!!SYLVIA OSTIR

  32. 32 daisy April 10, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Dear Sylvia:

    We are working hard on getting back to studio, and look forward to updating you on any new developments soon..

    Thanks for your good wishes..


  33. 33 Matt June 5, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Hola Daisy,

    I’m a big fan of the show and your food. I ordered the cookbook and really enjoy the DVD that came with it, but I was wondering if there were any plans to release all your “first season” shows on DVD, similar to what America’s Test Kitchen does every year. I think there would be a big demand for them and they’d be a great addition to anyone’s DVD library.



  34. 34 daisy June 6, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Dear Matt:

    There could be a possibility in the near future.

    Currently I am working on the new show, so it leaves little to no time for anything else!



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