Jose Garces’ The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru (2012 Lake Isle Press) is a cookbook that is part travelogue and part literary food memoir. Spanning cultures and continents, the book is a look back at the many food traditions that have shaped Garces’ culinary life. Try more than 100 recipes tailored to cooking at home, accompanied by 100 food and travel photographs worth browsing. Each chapter features a different country with menus highlighting Garces’ takes on both mainstays of home cooking and popular street foods. Here, try his recipe for cheesy empanadas — a crowd-pleasing appetizer for holiday entertaining.