13 Lifestyle Books From Hispanic and Latino Authors

From cookbooks to craft guides to gorgeous photography books, here are 13 of our favorite lifestyle books by Hispanic and Latino authors.

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June 27, 2024

Hispanic and Latino culture spans dozens of countries and hundreds of years with a rich tradition of crafting, cuisine and style. These Hispanic and Latino authors have collected their memories and culture in book form.

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Kathy Cano-Murillo honors her Mexican heritage with each of her creations as she demonstrates projects grouped into categories like clothing, artful affirmations, home accessories, jewelry and accessories, garden decorations and fiestas.

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Mexican Day of the Dead Bread (Pan de Muerto) Recipe

Pan de muertos — translated as "bread of the dead" — is a sweet bread placed on an ofrenda to honor the deceased on Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. Learn how to make this light and airy treat with hints of anise and orange zest.

How to Make Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

One of the most iconic symbols of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the sugar skull. Also known as calaveras, they are a delightful and meaningful aspect of the tradition.

See How an Artist Creates 'Hair Gardens' That Fuse Mexican Culture, High-Fashion Millinery and Old Hollywood

If you’ve ever searched for the perfect floral headpiece to wear for your wedding, an event or even just everyday use, look no further than Nathaly Aguilera’s La Casa de Flores – "The House of Flowers." Learn more about how she got her start, where she draws her botanic inspiration from, and her mission to empower women one wearable flower at a time.



The arepa is one of Venezuela's most versatile foods, and it's perfect for gluten-free and dairy-free diets. Learn the history of the bread-like pocket and discover how to make your own.


Chicano Eats is a bilingual celebration of Chicano cuisine featuring vibrant photography and 85 recipes. Try your hand at the chicken con chochoyotes (chicken and corn masa dumplings) or the toasted coconut horchata.


Chef (and now author) José Andrés is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that helps feed communities around the world impacted by natural disaster. This cookbook is a collection of recipes from around the globe divided into chapters named for the values reflected by the organization.


Lyana Blount brings the flavor, vibrancy and love of her favorite cuisine to the vegan palate. Enjoy a vegan spin on Puerto Rican dishes like holiday vernil (meatless pernil, which is traditionally made with roasted pork), chicharron sin carne (meatless "pork" skins), mofonguitos con vegan camarones (fried green plaintains filled with vegan shrimp) and sopa de salchicon (vegan salami soup).


The United States' first Puerto Rican food columnist shares 90 recipes, including tostones, pernil and arroz con gandules. In addition to the recipes, Maisonet traces the traditional Puerto Rican ingredients back to their Taíno, Spanish and African roots.


Argentine-American chef Josephine Caminos Oría walks cooks through how to make dulce de leche — caramelized milk — and then use it in 80 different recipes including desserts and hors d'oeuvres.



This bilingual book for kids explores the versatility of plantains, a staple in Dominican cuisine.


Jaguars and Butterflies is a story of empowerment for girls of Mexican heritage.


Children can immerse themselves in Latino culture with 50 activities including building Afro-Cuban bongos, dancing the merengue, and playing Loteria — also known as Mexican bingo.

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How to Start Using Your Cutting Machine

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Gullah Gift Guide: 12 Gullah Artists, Makers and Brands You Should Follow

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Fixer-Upper, According to The Brownstone Boys

Jordan Slocum and Barry Bordelon, The Brownstone Boys, started a new chapter together in 2018 when the NYC couple decided to purchase a 130-year-old Brooklyn brownstone. They quickly caught the fixer-upper bug and started a blog to document their salvage saga, which later grew into an online community and successful restoration business. Order their new book, For the Love of Renovating: Tips, Tricks & Inspiration for Creating Your Dream Home, find out if a fixer-upper is right for you, and gather inspiration for your next home makeover.

The Ultimate Tea Party Guide: The Best Ideas and Buys for Hosting a Grown-Up Tea Party

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How Bethany Yellowtail Is Creating a Legacy of Intentional Design for More Indigenous Makers to Thrive

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This North Carolina Artist and Interior Decorator Has Her Own Fabric Line and Home Decor Collection

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How Heart Berry Is Reclaiming Indigenous Design, One Strawberry at a Time

Indigenous artist Giizh (Sarah) Agaton Howes celebrates Ojibwe plants, Native patterns and how the two are always connected. Meet the maker and learn more about these beautiful, bold florals in Native design.

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