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June 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Colombiana: An Evening with Mariana Velásquez and Aran Goyoaga


June 25, 2021
7:00 pm

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with Mariana Velásquez

In conversation with Aran Goyoaga

Colombiana: A Rediscovery of Recipes and Rituals from the Soul of Colombia

(HarperWave, $32.50)

Friday, June 25, 7 PM ET

LIVE via Crowdcast



A recipe developer and food stylist—whose work has taken her across the globe to work with clients like Michelle Obama and into the test kitchens of today’s most esteemed culinary publications—pays homage to her native country with this vibrant, visually stunning cooking, the first dedicated solely to Colombian food, featuring 100 recipes that meld the contemporary and the traditional.

To Mariana Velásquez, a native of Bogotá, the diverse mix of heritages, cultures, and regions that comprise Colombian food can be summed up in one simple concept: More is more. No matter what rung of society, Colombians feed their guests well, and leave them feeling nourished in body and soul.

In Colombiana, the award-winning recipe developer and food stylist draws on the rich culinary traditions of her native land and puts her own modern twist on dishes beloved by generations of Colombians. Here are recipes for classics such as arepas and empanadas, as well as “Colombian-ish” recipes like Lomito de Cerdo al Tamarindo y Menta (Tamarind Pork Tenderloin with Mint), Gazpacho de Papaya y Camarón Tostado (Spicy Papaya and Charred Shrimp Gazpacho), and Cuchuco de Trigo con Pollito y Limón (Lemony Bulgur Farmer’s Chicken Soup).

In addition to offering a unique perspective on Colombian food, Mariana shares the vibrant style of Colombian tablescapes and entertaining. For her, the best meals are never simply about the food on the table—they are an alchemy of atmosphere, drinks, and simple snacks and sweets that complete the experience and make it memorable.

Rich with culture and stories as well as one-of-a-kind recipes and stunning photography, Colombiana is a gastronomic excursion that reminds us of the power of food to keep tradition alive.



About the Author:

Mariana Velásquez is an international food stylist/artist and chef. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet, to name a few. A published author of three recipe books, she has also styled, art directed, developed recipes and collaborated on more than twenty cookbooks throughout her career. She collaborated on two books that received James Beard Book Awards. First Lady Michelle Obama hired Mariana to style the First Lady’s “American Grown” project. Born in Bogotá, Mariana lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.


About the Moderator:

Aran Goyoaga is a Seattle-based, Basque Country born and raised cookbook author, food stylist and photographer. Aran’s work focuses on the emotional component of food and everyday life through visual stories.

Aran Goyoaga’s second cookbook “Cannelle et Vanille – Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood” (Sasquatch) was published in 2019 has been recognized by the New York Times, Food 52, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Washington Post, NBC News, and more. Aran’s first cookbook was published in 2012 “Small Plates & Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking” (Little, Brown). Goyoaga has styled and photographed multiple other cookbooks.