About Maricel E. Presilla

Maricel Presilla

Maricel E. Presilla is a culinary historian specializing in the foods of Latin America and Spain as well as the co-owner of Zafra and Cucharamama, two Latin restaurants in Hoboken, NJ. She’s also the author of half a dozen cookbooks, including her most recent title, Gran Cocina Latina. She holds a doctorate in medieval Spanish history from New York University and writes a weekly food column for the Miami Herald and has contributed articles to SaveurFood & WineFood Arts, and Gourmet. @maricelpresilla7

A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

A soupy, tomatoey ceviche that draws on the presence of lime, orange, and peanut butter—that’s right, peanut butter.