The 10 Best Nicaraguan Cookbooks, bring South America to your kitchen!

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Nicaragua is a central South American country situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Due to Nicaragua’s location, the cuisine has been influenced throughout the years and is a compilation of its surroundings. Typically, Nicaraguan cuisine can include a combination of Spanish, Creole, and indigenous Native American influences (check out our guide on the Best Puerto Rican Cookbooks).

Given that Nicaragua is a tropical country, along with corn, you will find a variety of fruits and vegetables in local recipes. Traditional meals may include local produce such as jacote, bananas, papaya, avocado, mango, cilantro, or oregano. A common cooking practice is to minimize waste so, occasionally, you may come across dishes that include the animal tongue, stomach, hoof, or skin.

Cooking and experiencing local cuisine is a great way to get to know and understand a country’s culture! Best of all, with these 10 Nicaraguan cookbook options, you can experience the tastes of this country from the comfort of your own home!

Let’s jump into the 10 best Nicaraguan cookbooks!


1. Nicaraguan Cooking: My Grandmother’s Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

To top it all off, the author sprinkles in fond childhood memories of Granada, Nicaragua, making you feel even more connected to the country. If you are a novice or seasonal chef, you can still confidently prepare the dishes included. This cookbook also has the distinction of being the first English language Nicaragua cookbook and the only one available in any language.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“A taste of Nicaragua at home. This is a high-quality book with great recipes” – Tammy K

Review 📖

Whether you would like to cook up breakfast, dessert, appetizers, or side dishes this book has something for you. It includes famous dishes such as Plato de Tortuga (turtle soup) and Gallo Pinto (red beans and rice) as well as many other customary recipes. Also included is a glossary of the Spanish-language terms used as well as food preparation tips.

If you’re looking for Nicaraguan recipes that are eaten daily throughout the country, then this cookbook is for you! Nicaraguan Cooking: My Grandmother’s Recipes provides a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand guide on traditional recipes that include a blend of basic vegetables.

About the Author ✍️

Trudy Espinoza-Abrams recollected her fond childhood memories from Granada, Nicaragua where she spent her early years experiencing cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen and aunt’s restaurant. She went deep into Nicaraguan memories, recalled hours of learning how to prepare local food and brought this book to life. This is the first English language book of Nicaraguan style recipes.


2. A New Nicaraguan Cuisine

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Why We Love It ❤️

A New Nicaraguan Cuisine is a complete cookbook with over 135 different recipes. Ensuring you’ll get a variety of tastes and dishes from around the country. With so many recipes, you’re bound to find a dish that fit the needs of any taste preference at your dinner table.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“I love it, as a Nicaraguan, I would say most of the information is right.” – Katherine M.

Review 📖

The book was designed to be approachable to all cooking skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, you can uncover a Nicaraguan recipe that not only immerses you in the culture but meets your cooking level too! With over 135 recipes, Gert’s cookbook is a solid introduction to Nicaraguan cuisine. Utilizing the provided original and traditional techniques to spice up your cooking, you’ll look like a well-trained chef with these recipes! Included in this cookbook are beautiful pictures of the dishes.

A New Nicaraguan Cuisine is a complete cookbook with over 135 different recipes. Ensuring you’ll get a variety of tastes and dishes from around the country. With so many recipes, you’re bound to find a dish that fit the needs of any taste preference at your dinner table.

About the Author ✍️

Chef Gert Rausch is a professionally trained chef, restaurateur, and mentor. He has lived in many places throughout the world, currently residing in Nicaragua which has resulted in this cookbook about the local food and culture.


3. Nicaragua Style Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Latin American Dish Ideas!

Why We Love It ❤️

Want to imagine yourself cooking a meal in a local Nicaraguan kitchen? If so, Nicaragua Style Recipes is the passport for you! You’ll uncover all sorts of recipes from modern to traditional yet will be seamlessly guided on how to prepare them just as the locals do.

With most modern dishes, you’ll be able to find the ingredients at your nearby grocery store. If you’re looking to cook up some of the older, traditional dishes, be prepared to find ingredients that include wildlife meats and vegetables native to Nicaragua.

Review 📖

Do you have an adventurous spirit and stomach to match? Nicaraguans prefer to use every part of an animal because it’s expensive to discard the waste, whereas richer Nicaraguans have a more international diet. So don’t be surprised if you find tongues and hoofs included when attempting to make these traditional recipes and cooking methods. With Nicaragua Style Recipes, you’ll certainly feel as if you’re getting a closer look at this diverse country and its individual customs as you move from one region to the other, dish by dish.

It’s difficult to find Nicaraguan food outside of the country. Even within its own borders, local food scenes vary from one village to the other which goes to show how personal touch, preferences, and adaptability can go a long way. Utilizing corn dough, rice, beans, and many other ingredients, anyone who picks up Nicaragua Style Recipes will bring Nicaraguan food to more reaches of the world.

About the Author ✍️

Julia Chiles is an award-winning professionally trained chef, who has taught at several culinary schools and chatted about all things cooking on many talk shows. She has written many cookbook books on all sorts of cuisines with the goal of making wonderfully tasting meals from everyday ingredients. Julia Chiles is a writer who enjoys gastronomic topics.


4. The Central American Cookbook: Authentic Central American Recipes from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Finally! This is not the same old stuff. This book is full of recipes you’ll not likely find elsewhere. With few exceptions, I’ve not seen most of these before. Considering I’m a retired chef, that’s saying something.” – CJs Pirate

Review 📖

The goal of The Central American Cookbook is to make cooking approachable, easy, and effortless yet give you a sense of cooking adventure with a great tasting result. It is a complete cookbook with a compilation of meals from all over central America, like Guatemala (check out our guide on the Best Guatemalan Cookbooks), El Salvador, and more, so you will find the tried-and-true local Nicaraguan recipes here. The classics are in this book, such as beef stew, rice and beans, and corn tortillas.

The book offers format options depending on your preference. You can get the kindle or paperback version, and either way, you can ensure it has what you’re looking for with a lengthy preview option. While the traditional recipes are unique and flavorful, creating them will take minimal effort and the tastes are amazing.

About the Author ✍️

The book is authored and published by Book Sumo Press. They publish healthy cookbooks that span a variety of cooking topics and aim to make cooking easy.


5. Flavors of Nicaragua: Experience Many Different and Delicious Recipes from Nicaragua!

Why We Love It ❤️

No time to sift through wordy details and pages and pages of recipes? No problem, this cookbook is straight to the point with 30 classic Nicaraguan recipes. The book is a relatively quick read, with a brief introduction and a short cultural explanation for each recipe. Although brief, it does not skimp on unheralded tasty dishes, ingredients, or directions. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, you’ll find recipes suitable to eat for any time of the day.

You can enjoy Flavors of Nicaragua in paperback version or via Kindle. And, if you have kindle unlimited the book cost $0.00. A great way to experience recipes from this book without breaking the budget. From breakfast staples like corn cakes to desserts like milk cake and yuca donuts, this book is the one for you if you want yummy results!

About the Author ✍️

Allie Allen has over 329 books and over 3566 ratings. Her cookbooks span a variety of cultures with many people giving her recipes 5-star ratings. She continues to publish books in both digital and paperback format, often releasing multiple editions of certain books.


6. Three Famous Desserts Recipes from Nicaragua

Why We Love It ❤️

Have a sweet tooth? This book contains three famous, traditional Nicaraguan desserts, sure to satisfy your need for sweets. The three recipes give you a short, yet sweet introduction to Nicaragua’s take on post-meal food, so plan on saving some room for dessert!

You’ll learn how to cook the Nicaraguan-style flan de leche, tamales de elote, and pastel de tres leches. It is available in digital format and cost-friendly coming in at just $3.00 from kindle or $0.00 if you have kindle unlimited.

About the Author ✍️

Swan Aung is a novelist, literary critic, and independent author. He is a curious person who continually pursues advanced education while publishing dessert cookbooks!


7. Garifuna Food Cookbook: Tasty homemade Caribbean food recipes from Garifuna grandmothers in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the United States

Why We Love It ❤️

You’ll not only experience the taste of some Nicaraguan recipes but will also learn about the people from this region of the Caribbean. Plan to immerse yourself into the Latin food culture (check out our guide on the Best Latin Cookbooks) and history of Caribbean Central America all while relaxing and cooking up a feast from your kitchen!

Review 📖

Get ready to make cassava bread, Caribbean stew beans, and various fish dishes from the Garifuna Food Cookbook. Garifuna people are a mix of African and indigenous American ancestors in the Caribbean. This book honors dishes passed done from Garifuna ancestors. Traditional Garifuna food is farm to table and most of the recipes include freshly harvested coconut milk, plantains, bananas, yams, cassava, and breadfruit. Traditional methods, such as growing seasonings and spices in family gardens, is given a spotlight in this book.

About the Author ✍️8

Doctor Gregory Arana is a writer from the Caribbean side of Central America (check out our guide on the Best Trinidad Cookbooks). He has published a few cookbooks from the region and is currently working on a few books to help reduce inflammation and naturally heal your body.


8. Brighten Your Day with Spicy Central American Recipes: An Authentic Cookbook of Delectable Dish Ideas!

Why We Love It ❤️

You’ll gain a broader understanding of the varying cuisines in Central America, which will help shed light on all the influences that have contributed to both traditional and modern Nicaraguan recipes. Enjoy a Nicaraguan recipe while you enjoy learning more about the region.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Well-written and easy-to-follow directions.” -Marie

Review 📖

Do you enjoy bright and spicy cuisines? Well then, prepare to cook up some great dishes from this cookbook that truly highlights amazing recipes from all over Central America. The book covers food from many countries and includes some recipes from Nicaragua. Here, you can spice up your meals with Nicaraguan Chimichurri steak or a spicy spin on rice and beans. Have you ever tired papusas? They are a popular dish in Central America with various fillings like chicken, pork, beans, and many other ingredients.

About the Author ✍️

Rose Rivera has published over 60 books with more than 362 ratings. She has released a variety of cookbooks from desserts to quick and easy recipes to cook for two, her information helps you feel calm and confident in the kitchen!


9. The Caribbean, Central & South American Cookbook: Tropical Cuisines Steeped in History

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“So delicious and the ingredients, if you don’t have, are easily to obtain” – Debbie

Review 📖

You’ll likely find yourself using this book for years to come as it contains 150 step-by-step recipes from the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. Along with recipes comes step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to properly cut, slice and dice all sorts of produce. You can follow the recipes knowing you are learning restaurant-worthy food preparation techniques.

In the book, you’ll uncover Nicaraguan recipes while having the opportunity to cook meals from the countries surrounding Nicaragua too. The Caribbean, Central & South American Cookbook is a great cookbook to aid in becoming more familiar with Nicaraguan recipes as well as recipes particular to the broader region. With over 700 photographs and clear step-by-step instructions, you will have nothing but perfect results and there is, also, nutritional information included with every recipe.

About the Author ✍️

Authors Jenni Fleetwood and Marina Filippelli are no strangers to publishing robust cookbooks. They both are accomplished recipe book writers, with a portfolio that includes books on various cuisines from all over the world.


10. Central American Recipes for the Entire Family

Review 📖

Recently released in March 2022, brace yourself for a food journey through Central America that everyone in the family can partake in. This book is packed with over 50 recipes that have easy-to-find ingredients yet provide you with a mouthful of cultural cuisine tastes!

The recipes are made to serve a family of four. So, you can look forward to experiencing an array of meals, snacks, and desserts from this region. The cookbook covers recipes from all over Central America, and you can be sure to find a few famous Nicaraguan dishes such as gallo pinto and arroz y pollo.

About the Author ✍️

Michelle Lee is all about putting together cookbooks for the entire family to enjoy. She has released numerous family-style recipe books from specific country cuisines to books focused on recipes revolving around one type of food.


Final Thoughts on Nicaraguan Cookbooks

Nicaragua’s cuisine draws its influences from the surrounding countries and seas. The dishes and flavors may vary depending on what part of the country you pick a recipe from. Some of the cookbooks focus more on family meals, serving style meals whereas others focus on a variety of meal types with smaller portions. Whatever you are looking for when it comes to Nicaraguan food, there is likely a cookbook to meet your needs.

It may be a small and beautiful country, yet it has a diversity of dishes. No matter what recipe you pick, you can be sure you’re immersing yourself in the tropical flavors of this Central South American country.



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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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