Marcella has a love of color and texture that has always compelled her to make things and draw. As a jewelry maker, artist and adventurer, Marcella is inspired by food, travel, and physical materials like wood, dirt and an array of recycled plastics.
When she’s not kayaking or exploring Latin America, Marcella enjoys learning how to cook new things and run around the streets of Washington DC while admitting her heart is in Oregon.
The jewelry she makes is available on Marcelladesign. This website houses illustration, her latest recipe collection, Comida Latina: An Illustrated Cookbook and pattern design, available for art licensing. A collection of Marcella’s paintings can be viewed, and she is available for commission work.
This collection features many of my favorite dishes, desserts, and drinks from Latin America; tamales, ceviche, empanadas, flan and many more favorites from countries including Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico. I’ve also included lots of pages about Latin American ingredients that are less common outside of the US including prickly pear, yuca root, and epazote.
The book also includes an overview of Latin American cheeses available in the US, and pages describing various methods of chili preparation, how to prepare cactus, and tips for frying foods. I have also devoted a page to my favorite tools in the kitchen; things that will make cooking this cuisine more efficient and more fun.