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"Diederich, who grew up in Mexico City, brings firsthand experience as well as tremendous compassion to this poignant coming-of-age novel."

Booklist  –  Starred Review

"Diederich portrays Mexico with a stark intensity and raw emotional turmoil."

 Publisher's Weekly  –  Starred Review

"Childhood at its most hopeful and heartbreaking."

 Kirkus Reviews


"This is a painful story, informed by a bleak reality, yet there is beauty in it, too."

The Wall Street Journal

Sofrito, named after a classic Cuban marinade, explores the anger and alienation of many older Cuban Americans while suggesting that the assimilated younger generation would do well to rediscover their Cuban roots. Foreign Affairs

"Sofrito is a love letter to the deepest recesses of nostalgia’s heart."

 Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban 

"Sofrito has the sweaty seduction of Havana's streets and the warm spirit of its food."

 Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt: A World History 

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Los Angeles Times

"A moveable feast full of folkloric flavors, comical rhythms and magic."

Ernesto Quiñones, author of Bodega Dreams