Daisy Martinez coming back to Toms River

March 10, 2010

NEWS Contact: Scott Rodas, Program Coordinator (732) 349-6200 ext. 5912 srodas@theoceancountylibrary.org

Why eat dull when you can eat delicioso?

Meet Daisy Martinez- Host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library! Daisy Martinez, host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! will visit the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St) on Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

Growing up in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, Daisy Martinez became an expert in traditional Latin-American cuisine, and will be at the library to share the inside info as to how she “Daisifies” those classics dishes, as well as many new dishes from her travels across Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Argentina.

To Daisy, food is about bringing family together, and so she peppers her latest book, Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes with anecdotes and family vacation photos. Each recipe is as much about the memory the flavors recall as the love that goes into preparing the dish; for her, the succulent grilled meats of a parrillada bring back memories of a Christmas spent floating in a pool in Argentina, while the flaky, gooey vegetable potpie recalls an extravagant dinner party in the Dominican Republic.

As a busy mother of four, Daisy lives the time crunch every day and has crafted her recipes to be quick, adaptable, and easy to understand. She deftly demystifies the ingredients of the Latin-American kitchen, explaining everything from the spectrum of color in plantains to the degrees of heat in chiles.

Daisy Martinez is the host of the Food Network’s Viva Daisy! and author of the cookbooks Daisy Cooks!, which was an IACP nominee and winner of Best Latino Cookbook in the World by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and DAISY: MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT. She is also a regular columnist for Every Day with Rachel Ray, and Siempre Mujer magazine.

For more information, or to register for this program, contact the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library at 732-349-6200, or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

Scott Rodas Program Coordinator Ocean County Library 101 Washington St. Toms River, NJ 08753