10/10/2012 11:20:00 AM

Preview Chat: Jose Garces on His New Cookbook

Iron Chef Jose Garces just released his new cookbook, and it’s a hefty one, split into five sections focusing on the cuisine of a specific region: Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Peru. We had the opportunity to sample some of the dishes from the beautifully photographed, 375-page volume last night at an event at JG Domestic, and we chatted briefly about The Latin Road Home and his plans for the future.

Zagat: Do you have a favorite section of the cookbook?
Jose Garces: I suppose Ecuador, if I had to choose. That’s where my family is from, so I have a special place in my heart for the food of that region.

Zagat: Did you do a lot of traveling for the book?
JG: The only place I went specifically for research for the cookbook was Ecuador. That was a really fun trip. I still have a lot of family there - aunts, uncles, cousins - so we just cooked and talked and had a good time. Came away with great results. I was also traveling in Spain pretty recently - the trip wasn’t focused on the cookbook, but it was all fresh in my mind.

Zagat: We’re glad you’re done traveling for a while and are back in your hometown of Philadelphia. Your very next restaurant will be here, right?
JG: Yes, in the Kimmel Center. I’m glad to be back in Philly, too. This new restaurant is going to be really cool, it’s - [glances at PR rep standing beside him] - I’m not really supposed to say too much about it. But I’m very excited. It’s going to be something special.

If you're eager to find out more about the cookbook or Jose Garces' upcoming projects, join us this Friday at 11 AM, when the chef will be participating in a Google Hangout. More details on how to RSVP later this afternoon.

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