The Top 10 Ecuadorian Cookbooks, Tastes from the Middle of the World!

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the Ecuadorian Cookbooks.

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 Ecuadorian Cuisine

Ecuadorian cookbooks may be just what you want if you are interested in the cuisine of this diverse and vibrant country. Ecuador adjoins the Pacific ocean on one side and also has the Amazon rainforest, highlands, and lowlands, so have a lot of diverse fresh produce.

The typical Ecuadorian-style foods include seafood, chicken, pork, and meat, along with a number of different starches like Ecuadorian potatoes, yucca, plantains or bananas (ubiquitous in the country), wheat, corn, pasta, and rice. The dishes mentioned in the cookbooks will have a variety of delicious meals that you can choose from.

These 10 Ecuadorian Cookbooks will bring you flavors that you won’t let go of!

1. Essential Ecuadorian Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

This illustrated cookbook of South American meals features many essential Ecuadorian recipes that are vegetarian dishes, so it appeals to those who do not eat meat. Recipes of Ecuador offer all kinds of foods, including soups, mains, and desserts. Many of the most popular dishes have a decidedly Mexican or American influence, so they will appeal to your taste buds if you enjoy Mexican cuisine

These South American dish ideas feature main ingredients that are easily available. This book holds many of the best recipes and illustrated cookbooks of South American popular dishes can provide and will entice you into the kitchen to try out this cuisine.

About the Author ✍️ 

Thomas Kelly is a prolific cookbook author. He has more than 30 books on Amazon on various cuisines, foods, and diets that are available as Kindle editions and in paperback format if you love your print.

2. The Ultimate Ecuadorian Cookbook

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Are you looking to cook Ecuadorian-style foods and create a change in your cooking and eating habits? Have you ever eaten Ecuadorian foods that are both a protein dish but also vegan? This Ecuadorian cookbook is an answer to your prayers. You can choose from a range of flavorful and appetizing native recipes to make on an everyday basis or for special occasions, giving you a break from regular meals. 

If you have never eaten Ecuadorian foods or cooked them, don’t worry, the foods are easy to make and if you are hesitant to try out full-fledged Ecuadorian foods, you can start by incorporating Ecuadorian soups or snacks in your meals. 

About the Author ✍️

The title says it all – ‘World Cuisines’ – Slavka Bodic is the author of a vast number of cookbooks (46 and counting) on various international cuisines. Born in the Balkans and having lived in what was known as Yugoslavia, Slavka loves sharing traditional recipes via her cookbooks. 

3. Taste of Ecuadorian Cuisine

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With over 200 wonderful dishes of essential Ecuadorian recipes, you will be able to learn to cook Ecuadorian-style foods easily, and in that case, this should be your go-to resource in  Ecuadorian cookbooks. These native recipes encompass all kinds of meals and include regional specialties. With an easy reference/glossary and conversion tables, you will find cooking from this book a great experience.

It has traditional and modern recipes, using a plethora of diverse proper ingredients, some of which you may well find in your own kitchen. It also has a chapter dedicated to ceviche, a much-loved Ecuadorian food. 

About the Author ✍️

Goce Nikolovski has written a number of cookbooks featuring numerous popular as well as unknown and exotic cuisines, including this one which is an Ecuadorian cookbook.

4. Recipes Of Ecuador: A Mixture Of Two Culinary Worlds

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These two culinary worlds bring delicious meals and wonderful dishes that range from seafood sourced from the sea-facing areas to the inbound and locally grown produce in the hinterland, this Ecuadorian cookbook provides essential Ecuadorian recipes that are detailed and easy to prepare. This mixture of two culinary worlds brings recipes that include normal everyday foods and includes street foods that are popular in this region. 

Some of the many recipes favored contain Ecuadorian potatoes, corn, rice, quinoa, fish, pork, guinea pig, meat, goat, and various fresh vegetables that make their way into the dishes. You will find that native potatoes are truly the best-tasting potatoes you have ever tried. You can also find many dishes, both sweet and savory, that use many fruits that are available in plenty in this region. 

About the Author ✍️

Carlton Shilling is the author of this book.

5. Ecuadorian Born

Why We Love It ❤️

SOMOS is a famous restaurant in Quito specializing in Ecuadorian cuisine. Headed by Chef Alejandra Espinoza, the food is tasty solid and healthy. It is both traditional and globalized to cater to a diverse dining market. The recipes in this cookbook have been curated by Signo Jesse Uddenberg.

It has some inventive dishes to cater to those looking for something new.  Alejandra Espinoza, Alonso Espinoza, Samuel Leon, and Kevin Fietek are among those who have contributed the recipes. The dishes include chicken and ceviches, Ecuadorian ice creams, and a range of salads featuring many vegetables. 

About the Authors ✍️

Signo Jesse Uddenberg is married to Alejandra Espinoza and both founded the restaurant, which is the culmination of their dreams. The two went on a 10-month world tour to explore the culinary heritage of different places. The other authors are Samuel Leon and Kevin Fietek.

6. Ecuadorian Recipes: South American Dish Ideas For Beginners

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook of South American dish ideas with tasty treasures is available as a Kindle edition. It is an illustrated cookbook of South American dishes full of pictures of delectable foods and detailed step-by-step recipes. Even if you are a beginner cook, you can easily make these foods and enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine at home. 

While some recipes favored may call for various hot sauces or chili, you can always reduce this ingredient if you are not comfortable with the heat factor.

About the Author ✍️

The book is written by Eldridge Sutic and it is available in paperback format. 

7. The Latin Road Home

Why We Love It ❤️

If you are interested in exploring Ecuadorian cooking along with the tasty treasures of most Ecuadorian regions, then you cannot go wrong with this book. Most Ecuadorian regions have many food similarities in starches, proteins, many fruits, and vegetables. When such a wide variety of produce is available, it is a joy to cook and taste diverse cuisines that appeal to the palate. 

The book offers Ecuadorian food recipes along with those of other regions. It does not stop there, however. It also offers an insight into the cultures interwoven with tasty solid and tasty foods. It has the most unique and tasty recipes an illustrated cookbook can offer.

About the Author ✍️

Chef Jose Garces won the Iron Chef award from Food Network in 2010. His group owns 15 restaurants across America.

8. Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America

Why We Love It ❤️

This cookbook covers the varied cuisines of Latin America, of which Ecuador is a part. It is available in hardcover and was designated ‘The 2013 James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year, for its authentic recipes.

With great detail, the author has written 500 recipes and included equipment used in their making as well as serving suggestions. The color photos of the finished dishes are also extremely helpful. 

About the Author ✍️

Marciel E Presilla has written a number of cookbooks that are definitive guides to the cooking of Latin American regions like Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. She has a doctorate in medieval Spanish history, is a culinary historian, an anthropologist, and a chef, and has won many awards and recognition for her work. She also runs two restaurants, Cucharamama and Zafra, in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

9. The South American Table

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While this illustrated cookbook of South American recipes has a large number of South American dish ideas, it also covers Ecuador. The fact that Ecuador borders Peru and Columbia, that it has a Spanish colonial influence, and that the official language is Spanish only testifies to the fact that many of the foods are similar, and some may even be familiar. 

Just to give you an example, empanadas are a popular dish in South America and in Spain and Mexico. However, these are made differently in various regions. The covering and the stuffing vary a great deal, depending on product availability and local tastes. The same goes for tamales humitas and ceviche.

These dishes will help you make many unique and tasty treasures of Ecuadorian recipes an illustrated cookbook can possibly recommend.

About the Author ✍️

Maria Baez Kijac is originally from Quito, Ecuador. With a background in French and Spanish cooking, she has taught cooking in Chicago for a long time. She has also been a food consultant and is a member of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Slow Food organization, and on the jury for the International Slow Food Award for the Defense of Biodiversity.

10. The Ecuador Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

If you are looking for an Ecuadorian vegetarian cookbook, then this cookbook of South American dishes has many healthy vegetarian recipes that are easily made in traditional meals. You can check out and make many traditional Ecuadorian-style dishes from this book, thanks to its step-by-step recipes. It also has a number of seafood dishes.

What’s more, is that these plates have proper ingredients that bring these recipes favored in Ecuador to life. These healthy recipes are easy enough to source so that you can start your journey into essential Ecuadorian recipes pronto. The original illustrations add to the lure of this book. 

About the Author ✍️

Christina Buchanan and Cesar Franco are the authors and illustrators of this book. Elke Romy Hartman has also contributed illustrations to this book. Cesar Franco is a native Ecuadorian and a photographer, graphic designer, and author/publisher. 

Essential Ecuadorian Recipes

Ecuador is a large, diverse country that brings cuisine ranges to South America. These Ecuadorian cookbooks will help guide you toward new exciting recipes and great cuisine.

The Incan heritage runs deep and brings traditional meals that have various main ingredients that are based in the coastal region, including Venezuela and Colombia.

Ecuadorians start meals with soup, have a main course, and then end with dessert and coffee. They love their sweets and their sweets may be a  little sweeter than you are used to.

Many recipes are easy enough to make and the main ingredients are not hard to source. Here are some Ecuadorian recipes that you can check out to add to your cookbook collection. 

Each cookbook of Latin American recipes brings a wide range of South American protein dish ideas that are nutritious and healthy foods, and if you are vegan, you are also covered as the book has a number of vegan dishes. 

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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. She 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 she has never looked back since. She enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When she’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world. Chef Zara holds a Associate of Arts and Sciences from Kendall College and is a sought after private chef. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

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