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10 Costa Rican Cookbooks: The Best Costa Rican Recipes For You To Enjoy At Home

What comes to mind when you think about Costa Rica? For most people, the country’s beaches, biodiversity, and abundant nature have led to the ecotourism boom here.

On the world food rankings, Costa Rican food is often not ranked high because it is mistaken for just another Latin American country of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Although not too aggressively seasoned or complicated, typical Costa Rican dishes will be refreshing, varied, and mouth-watering. Start cooking and tasting Costa Rican cuisine at home through this list of 10 best Costa Rican cookbooks in this article.

Costa Rica Cookbook: Learn to Cook Costa Rican Food for Newbies

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“Great book filled with easy recipes. They are not complicated to follow and have given me nostalgia of my childhood”- BLMoya

If you are looking for and want to learn how to cook authentic Costa Rican food, then this perfect cookbook is for you. Inside this book, you’ll find amazing Costa Rican recipes passed down for generations such as:

  • Tres Leches
  • Costa Rican Rice
  • Costa Rican Arroz Con Pollo
  • Arepas
  • Traditional Rice Pudding
  • Sopa de Albondigas
  • Chorreadas
  • Olla Carne
  • Pork Stew
  • Sopa de Pescado
  • Classic Empanadas
  • Orange Pound Cake
  • Bistec Encebollado
  • and much, much more!

About the author: Martha Stone is a cookbook writer and a chef. Born and raised in Idaho, she knows how to appreciate and use fresh ingredients in her cooking process. Martha moved to California, got married, and has two children here. She decided to start writing cookbooks so that she could share her knowledge and love of food with everyone.

A Taste of Latin America: Culinary Traditions and Classic Recipes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico & Venezuela

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“Great recipe book with simple recipes and lots of photos”- Aj96

“A Taste of Latin America” contains professionally crafted recipes and colorful photos. Besides, the author also provides additional insights into the background and customs of each particular country. With this unique and authentic collection, budding cooks or even seasoned chefs will also be enticed.

About the author: Patricia Cartin is a native Costa Rican and immigrated to the United States in 2007. She experienced South, Southwest, and New England’s flavors before settling down in New York, where she studied at the International Culinary Center.

She often shares cooking and baking techniques with her trainees and teaches workshops including ‘Costa Rican Food at Home’, ‘Just Finger Food’, ‘Tapas from Spain’, ‘Latin American Food’, and ‘Amazing Cakes’. Patricia has had the chance to cook for the President of Costa Rica at University receptions and cater to the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations.

Patricia currently lives in King’s Point, New York, with her husband and favorite food taster, Juan Jose Leon. A Taste of Latin America is the second cookbook of Patricia Cartin.

Gallito Pinto: Traditional Recipes From Costa Rica

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“Clear directions for preparing some of the most common dishes served in Costa Rica. Useful for a novice trying to replicate some of the food we enjoyed during our time in Central America.”- Sarah Lakes

Costa Rican cooking is characterized by simplicity, a dependence on tropical fruits, and the extensive use of legumes and other vegetables in many dishes. This contributes to unpretentious, healthy, and easy-to-prepare meals.

“Gallito Pinto: Traditional Recipes From Costa Rica” will feature diverse and delicious recipes at Gallito Pinto. Additionally, the illustrations and cultural notes will aid in introducing the richness of everyday life in Costa Rica.

About the author: Andrea Corrales and Pili Aguirre are the authors of this whole cookbook. “Gallito Pinto: Traditional Recipes From Costa Rica” is a wonderful first-ever collaboration of two moist experts.

Eating Clean in Costa Rica: Simple, Easy Recipes from the Kitchen of Blue Osa and Chef Marie

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“Love these recipes and beautiful pictures!”- Sabina Haidon

In Costa Rica, Eating Clean is a celebration of farm-to-table fares. From locally sourced ingredients, they have been combined and made into various meals that amaze the taste and nourish the soul.

“Eat clean in Costa Rica” will show the richness of Costa Rica through 108 recipes from farm to beautiful French table and other delicacies from around the world.

About the author: Marie is a famous professional Chef and specializes in Costa Rica foods in general. “Eating Clean in Costa Rica: Simple, Easy Recipes from the Kitchen of Blue Osa and Chef Marie” is the author’s first recipe collection.

Castle La Corona de Los Santos Cookbook: Authentic Costa Rican Recipes of the Mountains and More!

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“Exotic cookbook. A nice change from traditional recipes.”- Robin L. Feller

La Corona de Los Santos is known as a castle located in the Los Santos valley in the central mountains of Costa Rica. This book will find its traditional recipes and secret continents first made available to the public.

The collection includes healthy and delicious recipes as well as authentic Costa Rican meal-making techniques for pico de gallo, picadillo, Gallo pinto, Arroz con Leche, and more. Besides, you can also enjoy the beautiful, original, and on-site photos.

About the author: James Nathaniel Holland is an American who has lived in Costa Rica for more than thirteen years. He used to open the successful breakfast store Casa Holanda in Heredia and is now a co-owner of La Corona de Los Santos. He is also an expert in the mountainous culture and cuisine of this extraordinary but unexplored land.

The Central American Cookbook: The Best Costa Rican Style Recipes to Spice up your Diet

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“Most of the recipes have detailed explanations.”- Amazon Customer

You won’t need to go to Costa Rica to enjoy a good plate of Gallo pinto, neither do you need to book a flight just to enjoy some delicious Casado. With this cookbook, you will have at your fingertips all the best recipes of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Chica Cookbook: Stirring Up My Favorite North American Recipes In Costa Rica

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“Amazing. The recipes are clear and easily understood. I plan to make a few of these yummy delights”- southern girl1211

With the Costa Rica Chica Cookbook, you’ll be served with a range of hearty, scrumptious dishes that everyone will love. From breakfast, lunch, and dinner specialties like Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Tomato Basil Soup with Rustic Bread, Italian Meatballs, and Thin Crust Pizza to sweet after-dinner (or any other time you want) like Chocolate Truffle Balls and Coconut Almond Candy Bars.

With the author’s colorful photos and easy-to-follow instructions for each recipe, you won’t be afraid to go wrong and miss any stage.

About the author: Jen Beck Seymour is Costa Rican blogger and best selling author of Costa Rica Chica Cookbook. This is also the first book that she devoted a lot of enthusiasm for creating and sharing with everyone.

Cooking in Costa Rica: An Expat’s Guide to Buying Groceries, Cooking and Eating in Costa Rica

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“Helpful Guide to Setting up a Kitchen and Pantry in Costa Rica”- Elisa B

When you move to a Spanish-speaking country like Costa Rica, preparing meals can be difficult without knowing the names of ingredients in Spanish. Even if you know the Spanish translation, it will also be a challenge for you to find what you are looking for.

Gloria Yeatman will provide you with recipes and ingredient substitutions, a glossary of cooking terms and helpful adjectives, metric conversion tables, and a resource section with links to expat cooking blogs, Facebook pages, and more specialty products in English / Spanish.

About the author: Gloria Yeatman worked as a training and conference director, certified meeting and event planner, and business administrator before moving to Costa Rica, Gloria.

She loves to cook, read recipes, and watch cooking programs. In addition, she also spends time reading novels and books about health and nutrition, volunteering, learning Spanish, and speaking and writing about her favorite topic, life in Costa Rica.

Becoming an Expat Cookbook: Costa Rica

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“This book is perfect for those searching to improve their cooking while in Costa Rica. Simple explanations are very useful for every day.”- JAG

This cookbook is designed to help the newbie expat adapt to new cuisines and local products without breaking the bank when buying imported food. In addition to yummy recipes, the author also provides the food-hacks, approximate cost per meal, and instructions on picking out the most flavorful fruit.

About the author: Joellyn had an early experience with food to take care of her mother. After 25 years in the financial business and more than 30 years in the construction business, Joellyn is married to Mike and shares a kitchen passion. They moved to Costa Rica and started a business with a line of greaseless cookware, waterless,

Cut The Crap Kitchen: How-to Cook On A Budget In Costa Rica

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“Such great recipes, and the nutritional information breakdowns for each! Classic Costa Rican dishes and a guide to budget for your meals also. So glad I found this!”- Elizabeth Gunton-Bunn

If you’re wondering how to cook local dishes in Costa Rica without breaking your bank account, then this cookbook “Cut The Crap Kitchen: How-to Cook On A Budget In Costa Rica” is for you. The authors will include descriptions of local products, cost-effective recipes, and information on the health benefits of eating whole-grain foods.

About the author: Steve Page and Nikki Page both became the number 1 International Bestselling authors by publishing their first book, Cut The Crap & Move To Costa Rica. They also often help independent authors self-publish and promote their books with both training and mentoring courses.

Steve continues to travel abroad and enjoys his life in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Nikki is a co-founder of the publishing group Viva Purpose, Inc.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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