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A boy searches for his parents with the help of a washed out luchador after they disappear when narcos move into the town where they live in southern Mexico.

2017 Best Young Adult Novel 
Texas Institute of Letters
2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults 
Young Adult Library Services Association

A Cuban-American travels to Havana to steal a secret recipe hoping it will save his failing restaurant in New York City.

Diederich's debut novel gives us an immersion complete with sights, sounds and — maybe most importantly — tastes.

The Tampa Bay Times

"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