Jose Garces has come a long way since he opened Amada in 2005.
Won a James Beard Award. Won a spot on Iron Chef.
Opened 14 more restaurants in five cities, plus a taco truck. And a farm in Bucks County. And cinched a catering contract at the Kimmel Center, where he will open a boutique restaurant, Volver, where he himself will cook. And he and his wife, Beatriz, launched a family foundation.
And now, he's written a second book. The Latin Road Home is being described as a prequel to his first book, 2008's Latin Evolution, in that Garces travels to the five Spanish-speaking countries that shaped him.
Garces will discuss this book on stage with me at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central library at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. It's free.
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