Sandra Gutierrez of Cary grabbed my attention as soon as I saw her cookbook last year: In "The New Southern-Latino Table" (UNC Press), the Guatemalan-born Gutierrez uses flavors from Latin America to make traditional Southern foods. (Or sometimes she uses Southern flavors to make Latin American foods. It's all good.)
I interviewed her last summer for a story on international versions of potato salad, and she got the concept immediately, giving me a great recipe for a Peruvian-inspired potato salad with layers of potato and egg. (You can get a copy of that recipe here.)
Gutierrez will be in Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. April 17 to talk about her book and her cooking. She'll be at the Levine Museum of the New South as part of CPCC's Sensoria festival. Co-sponsored by Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange, it's free, but you do have to reserve a seat. Call 704-333-1887 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.