The 10 Best Guatemalan Cookbooks to enjoy your dishes!

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Guatemalan Cookbooks. Join me on this journey of taste and discovery.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Authentic Food from Guatemala

This list of ten Guatemalan cookbooks will give you plenty of ideas for recipes sure to make your taste buds dance! Most offer not only helpful techniques but also cultural insights and personal stories to entertain you as you explore the rich flavors of Guatemala and its neighboring countries.
To say that Guatemalan cuisine is varied would be an understatement. However, within that variety, you are sure to find many recipes that appeal to your tastes. Guatemalan cuisine usually features an abundance of fresh produce which is often central to most meals, even meat-based dishes. Fresh fruits and vegetables, including corn, cilantro, and avocados, are frequently featured in many traditional dishes,  with tropical fruits like bananas becoming more common as you head further south into the country. And then there are peppers. The red, the green, and the yellow; the mild, the medium, and the scorching hot; for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s hard to find a meal that doesn’t include peppers.

You can’t miss our selected list of the 10 Best Guatemalan Cookbooks! 👇


1. Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

 “Sure, you can find some Guatemalan recipes on YouTube or online here or there, but nothing as traditional and authentic as this cookbook. As a Guatemalan-American that has just started her own home, I needed a concise English-language cookbook that I could resource when in need (plus I didn’t want to call my mom 3x a day). This cookbook knocked it out of the ballpark! Everything I’ve made tastes just like my mother’s cooking, and it doesn’t deviate into some modern fusion dishes that many traditional recipes out there have become. It also lists the background of each dish, vivid photos, and detailed instructions. I plan on gifting this cookbook to my friends and family. Great job.”– Amazon Customer

Review 📖

This cookbook contains 170 authentic Guatemalan recipes for every occasion, with an in-depth description of each recipe. The illustrations are lively and will help you understand what the dish should look like before diving in. The ingredients are easy to find, so there’s no need to worry about whipping up any of the recipes. All you have to do is visit your local supermarket!

This is a great cookbook for both those who want to learn about Guatemalan food or someone who has been cooking Guatemalan food for years. Either way, this book is an excellent choice!


2. Cocina Holistica

Why We Love It ❤️

For those interested in healing, plant-based dishes, award-winning chef and wellness entrepreneur Kassia Emily Fiedor brings her take on the ancient cuisine of Guatemala to a whole new level with Cocina Holistica. This vegan cookbook celebrates the healing power of plants and traditional superfoods from Central America. Drawing on her diverse background in health, nutrition, and wellness, Fiedor has created inventive recipes that appeal to vegetarians and omnivores alike.

This book contains 40 plant-based traditional Guatemalan recipes with international influences. It is a great resource for anyone interested in health, cooking, and traditional Guatemalan cuisine.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“This book is amazing!!! Has delicious recipes made from healthy products, are easy to understand, and has tips to make them as well. has beautiful illustrative photos of each recipe, I would say that it’s a real gem that I will keep forever, It’s not just another cookbook it’s unique it’s a must-to have!!! Loved it.”– Sunshine


3. Guatemalan Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

So far, I have tried 4 recipes from this cookbook, and they each came out just as I expected! Everything has been delicious…even the family enjoyed it. A Guatemalan Cookbook makes it simple to prepare wonderfully exotic recipes with minimal effort.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“One of my favorite things to do is try recipes for different cultures and this was no exception. I thoroughly enjoy trying out the recipes and would highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys eating something new and different. It adds a sparkle to your meals and is also good to eat.” -Amazon Customer

Review 📖

This cookbook offers an extremely beginner-friendly approach for anyone interested in Guatemalan cuisine. With vivid pictures and easy-to-follow instructions, this book provides a basic introduction to the ingredients and techniques necessary to prepare many Guatemalan dishes. Rachel integrates both traditional and more modern recipes in this cookbook so you can experience a range of flavor palates.

This cookbook is easy to understand for any level of cooking skill. The recipes are not only delicious but also very adaptable, so you can alter them to reflect your own tastes.  


4. Great Guatemalan Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

It’s a fun book with easy-to-follow instructions and a wide selection of dishes that you can create in your kitchen. It shows you how to effectively use various ingredients, create unique Guatemalan American tastes, and also how to include Guatemalan recipes in your home cooking repertoire.

Review 📖

This cookbook includes 30 recipes with high-quality photos of the dishes. I enjoyed all of the photos in this book because, as an avid reader, I have not found a cookbook with so many mouth-watering photos in a long time. This book makes you want to try out all of the recipes, even if you are new to Guatemalan dishes!

This is not only a classic cookbook, but it’s also a great source for ideas for your family’s breakfast, lunch, or dinners. If you are looking for a variety of dishes, this book is for you.


5. The Guatemala Cookbook

Review 📖

Prepared by chef Lionel Parraz, this cookbook is a collection of traditional and modern Guatemalan recipes. The recipes included in this Guatemalan cookbook provide a wide range of Mexican dish ideas that all taste amazing (check out our guide on the Best Mexican Cookbooks). You are sure to find something for every palate in your family!

The author also provides detailed instructions for each recipe so you can easily follow along. You will also find terms like “guacas” and “hongos”, which are authentic terms to describe the names of dishes. As you’re starting to learn about Guatemalan life, traditions, and history, this book will be a great addition to your collection. 


6. Easy And Traditional Guatemala Food Ideas

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook contains some of the most popular traditional Guatemalan recipes and helps you understand the history of each dish. The recipes are simple and easy for those with minimal cooking experience or who are new to cooking exotic dishes.

The book is full of colorful pictures, with easy-to-follow instructions and ingredients. You can learn the importance of local products in the history of Guatemala. This is a great book for those who are interested in trying authentic and delicious Guatemalan dishes.


7. The Central American Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

I found some great Guatemalan recipes in this one!  I like the fact that the book includes recipes from all over Central America and not just one country. The instructions for each recipe are clearly written and easy to follow.

Although the book does not contain pictures and the country of origin of each recipe, it gives you a chance to learn about other cuisines as well. If you are looking for a cookbook that offers a wider rand of Central American recipes, this is the one.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“Tasty and unique yet simple and affordable recipes. Spices like cumin, oregano, cinnamon, and black pepper. I use coconut and mango a lot; there are several recipes. Also many vegan and vegetarian stews and entrees. I enjoyed the bright-colored, whimsical photos of Central American lifestyles. I will be using several of these delicious recipes.”- Carl M King


8. Land of Eternal Spring Wonderfully Exotic Recipes of Guatemala

Why We Love It ❤️

If you are looking for a cookbook with recipes that take you back to Guatemala, this is the one. My son and I spent almost 3 years in Guatemala and this book reminds us of the wonderful “taste of home”. We had some great meals in Guatemala and this book makes it easy to recreate those meals in your very own kitchen. The recipes are not just for Guatemalans, everyone who enjoys a good meal will enjoy making these recipes.

The book is well organized and easy to understand. The ingredient list is always listed so you know what you need to make the meal. The pictures are mouth-watering and make you want to try them all! This book is a “keeper” in my kitchen. I’ve already told several friends about it and I know they will enjoy it as well. If you are looking for a cookbook of traditional Guatemalan recipes, this is it!

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“I’m very comfortable recommending this cookbook to those that love to experiment with new foods from different cultures.” -Amazon Customer


9. Flavors of the East Highlands of Guatemala

Why We Love It ❤️

Reading this book was a real pleasure. It’s filled with recipes for all types of meals, including some less common but equally delicious ones. I love all of the authentic recipes that Gerrald McCollister shares in this book, and I’m looking forward to making more of them! 

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“Is an easy read of the different foods of Guatemala. It has all the recipes and pictures of the foods” -Amazon Customer

Review 📖

Guatemala is a country that should be on everyone’s foodie bucket list. Although many haven’t heard of the small Central American (check out our guide on the Best Central American Cookbooks) country, it offers a wide variety of tastes to explore. In this book, Gerrald McCollister inspires you to enjoy the culture and cuisine of Guatemala with mouth-watering recipes from the eastern highlands region of the country. From desserts and appetizers to main dishes and even drinks, this book will allow you to try out all the different foods of Guatemala. If you are looking for a cookbook of traditional Guatemalan recipes, this is it!


10. Taste of Guatemalan Cuisine

Why We Love It ❤️

This book is full of authentic central American recipes and for those with Guatemalan heritage, you will likely find at least a few recipes that are “just like mom made.” The book is well organized and easy to follow, with step-by-step instructions.

Review 📖

The book offers an overview of many diverse Guatemalan dishes as well as some excellent information on the history of Guatemalan cuisine. It includes several interesting recipes for you to recreate in your kitchen. You will learn about several different types of Guatemalan food and all the different regions of Latin America (check out our guide on the Best Latin Cookbooks). It does not focus on just Guatemala but also covers many other regions where Guatemalan cuisine originated from. It covers both traditional dishes as well as modern cuisine made from a mixture of ingredients from Guatemala and other countries.


Guatemalan Dishes: Wonderfully Exotic Recipes

Guatemalan foods possess so many unique recipe variations and such a rich history that you will feel like a world traveler without ever having to leave your kitchen. Even dishes considered “basic” would inspire new culinary ideas for home chefs. I’m certain you’ll be motivated to explore the delicious dishes and traditional foods of Guatemala’s countryside after exploring some of these recipes.

So Many Options

There are several Guatemalan cookbooks to choose from that offer different perspectives on the country’s cuisine while retaining the authentic Central American appeal and flavor. The best and most comprehensive cookbooks are written by Guatemalans themselves. They’re not only a great source for authentic recipes but also provide some of the most interesting historical and cultural information about Guatemala. They offer not only a glimpse of daily life but also information about seasonal foods, traditional cooking and food preparation methods, Guatemala’s regional differences, and the most popular dishes.

Time to enjoy those delicious Guatemalan dishes

Many people are intimidated by ethnic recipes but Guatemalan cuisine is one that will make you feel right at home – full of different but delicious foods that you can prepare in your own kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed reading this list as much as I did writing it. With so many deliciously diverse Guatemalan cookbooks available, it was difficult to choose just ten. There were many more that were not included on this list, but these are a good starting point for those looking for authentic Guatemalan dishes as well as some plant-based dishes to expand your vegetarian repertoire.

I hope this list helps you in your journey to learn how to cook the foods of Guatemala at home. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find almost anywhere.

Now that you’ve made it through this huge list, it’s time to start cooking! I’ve included links so you can check out these books on Amazon.

I would love to know what your favorite Guatemalan cookbooks are- please let me know in the comments.


09/28/2022 06:04 pm GMT

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. He loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and he has never looked back since. He enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When he’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world.

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