Leticia Moreinos Schwartz is a native Brazilian chef, culinary instructor, spokesman, award-winning cookbook author, and mother of two. She is also a former economist who switched careers in order to follow her dreams in the culinary field.
If today’s working woman can’t have it all, someone forgot to tell chef Leticia. We scored an interview with the super-talented Brazilian chef, and got her thoughts on topics ranging from advice on becoming a cookbook author to the challenges of raising bicultural children to the Brazilian singer icon Marisa Monte. Come join us for this exclusive chat.
The Latin Kitchen: Tell us a little about your latest cookbook, My Rio de Janeiro. How is it different from your first cookbook, The Brazilian Kitchen?
The Brazilian Kitchen features recipes from all over the country and is organized by recipe categories (soups, salad, main course, dessert, etc); My Rio de Janeiro features local and creative recipes from my hometown of Rio de Janeiro and is organized by neighborhood, presenting the best recipes from each part of town.
TLK: You are an accomplished professional and the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner for Best Latin Cookbook. What advice(s) would you give to someone who would like to become a cookbook author?
Follow your passion!
TLK: Rio is your home city. Do you plan to go to the Olympic Games this summer?
I hope so!
TLK: Which dishes and places would you recommend to those attending this event?
I would recommend my whole book! It’s really the best food guide one can possibly have in hands when traveling to Rio! I take you on a tour of the city including the best places and recipes from each neighborhood.