Criollo: A Taste of Venezuela

More than a recipe book!

Criollo: A Taste of Venezuela is a collection of home and street recipes, folk tales and traditions of Venezuelan cuisine.

Each recipe tells a story about criollo culture and features a full colour 8x11 photograph. Makes for a great gift and coffee table book!

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I am always posting new recipes on my blog . Like it on facebook to get the latest updates about the book and funds raised for Casa de Maria. I take requests for recipes on Facebook!!

All profits benefit Casa de Maria in Venezuela

Casa de Maria provides food, school supplies and other aids to needy children in El Tigre, Venezuela.

This family-run charity serves lunch Monday to Friday to about 50-100 children.

The menu is designed by a nutrition expert and it varies according to donations received.

Casa de Maria also hosts two annual events to collect clothes and other donations for families in need.


You can easily make a donation using paypal! You may also send an email transfer to

No matter how big or small, every penny will help! As a thank you, you will receive Criollo: A taste of Venezuela in eBook (PDF) format.

Donations directly from Venezuela can be made to Cuenta Corriente Banco Del Sur

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Featured in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7!

The making of Criollo: A Taste of Venezuela has been featured in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 as part of the Insights from the Experts collection. Look for it in the Welcome Screen of the suite and in the Corel website. Available in 13 languages!

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Aji Dulce Seeds!

Order your hardcover book now and receive free Venezuelan Aji Dulce Seeds!

Aji Dulce is the littte pepper featured on the cover of Criollo: A Taste of Venezuela. It has a smokey and sweet flavour with very little heat as it is the only sweet pepper of the habanero family. Aji Dulce is the key ingredient to all savory criollo foods!

Aji dulce peppers are about 2 inches long. The plants bear fruit when they are about 18 inches tall. Such compact nature makes Aji Dulce plant well suited to growing indoors year round.

You will receive instructions along with the seeds to plant and start growin your peppers. While supplies last!

About the author

I was born in Venezuela and grew up in the coastal city of Puerto La Cruz before moving to Canada at the age of 17.

A few years ago my family started Casa de Maria children's charity in my mother's home town, El Tigre. The ladies in the pictures above with the children are my aunts. I was very inspired by their dedication and generosity so I decided to combine my passion for cooking, photography and design in this project.

This book truly has my heart and soul poured into it and I hope it will touch you and give you a taste of my homeland. Feel free to email me with questions and comments to or on Facebook. Buen provecho!

L. Fernando Gonzalez

Criollo: a Taste of Venezuela is a privately funded project. Casa de Maria in El Tigre is part of the Beth Myriam organization. There are many Casa de Maria's across the world who can benefit from your generosity. Visit to learn more about how you can help

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