The nation’s heritage center has released two recipe books featuring the cuisine of Alajuela and Heredia and one featuring the food of San José. The publisher is the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, an agency of the cultural ministry. Each year the Centro puts on a regional contest and asks for residents to submit local traditional dishes and a recipe. The recipes of the winners end up in the books.
The Centro said that this is a way of preserving the culinary culture in the days of fast food and supermarkets.
The Central also released a book about the architecture of Cartago after the 1910 earthquake. It is Señales en el cielo… El terremoto de 1910 y la transformación de la arquitectura de la Ciudad de Cartago – Álbum fotográfico by Carlos Luis Fallas Pastor and Sonia Gómez;
The Centro also released a tourist guide for Limón, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo as well as one for the Diquís region in the southern Pacific.
The books are available at the Centro’s office in the former Banco Anglo building on the south side of the downtown pedestrian walkway just west of the fountain.