No longer able to engage in international travel, Gutierrez had to find an alternative way to fill her encyclopedia-style cookbook, “Latinísimo: Home Recipes From the 21 Countries of Latin America.”
Rather than travel, Gutierrez moved her preplanned interviews to Zoom and scheduled dozens of online cooking classes with industry experts.
For the book, she mainly wanted to highlight the home cooking of Latin American countries and recipes from nations that many Americans may not be familiar with.
She managed to find them through family recipes, cookbooks from libraries, and other resources.
As she got older, Gutierrez came to the realization that there was a lack of modern cookbooks representing Latin American cuisine.
“There are recipes that are endangered everywhere that need to be saved,” she said.
Read more about how Sandra A. Gutierrez aims to keep Latin American recipes alive in the New York Times.