I bet that you couldn't resist and had to find out who's behind all this. Here we tell you who's Tía Clara, who else is behind DominicanCooking.com and CocinaDominicana.com, and a few other things you may not have known that you wanted to know. Come on in and meet us:
Tia Clara's Dominican Cooking
Amazing Dominican recipes
Tia Clara's Dominican Cooking is the oldest and largest Dominican cooking website. It contains the internet's largest collection of traditional Dominican recipes, recipes inspired by the Dominican taste, and articles about the Dominican Republic's food history, culture, and traditions.
Clara Gonzalez (Tia Clara)
Founder of DominicanCooking and CocinaDominicana.com, Aunt Clara is Dominican – born and bred – and learned how to cook at the side of many Dominican home cooks. She has lived in several regions of the Dominican Republic and is currently based in Punta Cana, D.R.
An Industrial Design graduate, later moving to International Logistics, Clara found her real career love in traveling around the country, asking people about, writing about, photographing, and tasting what Dominican cuisine has to offer. In her free time, Clara is also a mom and a wife.
Clara is co-author of the book Yo Cocino Latino (Grijalbo, 2021), and -with Ilana- Clara has authored two books on Dominican cooking (both currently out of print): Traditional Dominican Cookery, and Aunt Clara's Dominican Recipes.
Ilana Benady (Tia Ilana)
Originally from Gibraltar, Aunt Ilana studied and lived in England for the best part of two decades, mostly managing to avoid the local cuisine. After graduating in Politics and Social Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, she tried her hand at journalism and travel, finally finding a niche of sorts in international development.
Her work at Oxfam's HQ in Oxford took her to the Dominican Republic which she first visited in 1996. She settled here in 1999, living and spending time in various parts of the country, and now lives in Punta Cana with her Dominican-Gibraltarian family.
Besides our cookbooks, Ilana has also authored Expat FAQs: Moving to and Living in the Dominican Republic and Dominican Republic - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture.
IT Engineer, food lover, and man-behind-the-curtains, Joe helps us keep the sites running without anything exploding, as things are wont to do in the world of computers. Joe loves traveling and has lived in Baní and Santo Domingo.
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Sagrario was the founder and editor of the popular Dominican culinary magazine Vanilla y Azafrán, later pivoting to national TV cooking show host, and food blogger at La Señora Bonita. She has helped us test some of our iconic Dominican recipes to make sure that they work as well as we expect, and that they reflect more than one cooking style and regional flavor.
Wendy works in the food industry and has a bit of an obsession with the magic of baking and the science of cooking meat. You can find her well-researched recipes on her blog Suspiritos. She develops Dominican recipes for our site and reviews some of our other recipes to make sure they are as great as you expect them to be.
DominicanCooking.com, and twin blog CocinaDominicana.com were founded in 2001 by Clara. Ilana joined-in in 2004 as a writer and copyeditor for the English version.
In 2005 we published our first cookbook, and in 2007 launched a new edition.
The present is the 11th redesign of our site.
Awards and accolades
In 2005 our site was nominated for the Arroba de Oro Award for the best Dominican website in the category of Art and Culture. The following year, we won this award.
In 2014 our blog was one of the finalists in Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Award in the Regional Cuisine category. In 2019 we were again a finalist, this time in the Culture category. We're the first and only Dominican food site nominated for this award.
Some mentions in the press
We do give a damn
Over the years, we have contributed to several worthy causes with the help of our wonderful readers. Read more here.
Things we live by:
- Homemade food
- Frugal living
- Earth-friendly living
- Eating local
- Cultural awareness
- Respect for all people
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