Food is love; love is food.  Throughout the steamy, habanero-scorched probaditas offered by Anel Flores in her collection Empanada, we come to know Paloma, a young lesbiana on a collision course with the limits of cultural tradition and her own deep hungers.  Full of longing, Flores’s prose celebrates the sharp flavors of home, exile, and the sweet, savory homeland found in a woman’s body.  A beautiful and delicious book!


                Deborah A. Miranda, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal




A young girl's journey into the dawn of new beginnings. Ms. Flores so poignantly captures the life and loves of a young Latina lesbian dealing with family, self-acceptance, cultura and loss. A vibrant and moving story.


                Carla Trujillo, author of What Night Brings and

                winner of the Miguel Marmol Prize, Paterson Fiction

                Prize, and Latino Literary Foundation Latino Book




A Succulent journey, Empanada takes the reader home.  Stirs revolution, with remembering. Though naming, reclaiming, resistance, resilience. Knowing. Courage. Empanada serves the Soul. Treat yourself to Empanada.  Each layer is tasty.  Loaded with sexy bits throughout.”


                Sharon Bridgforth, RedBone Press author of love

                conjure/blues and the Lambda Literary Award

                Winning the bull-jean stories



Flores daringly strips bare the societal, family, and self-imposed cover-up of what is real and vulnerable, what is dangerous and taboo, what is scary and seductive in her life.


                Sara E. Cooper, Associate Professor

                California State University, Chico



The narrator’s keen sense of smell quickly twists your stomach in a knot and you realize there’s a lot at stake here.


                Lyle Rosdahl, Columnist and Editor

                The Current


Empanada is a poetic feast of memory, mordidas of sweet and bitter remembrance. ¡Provecho!


                Erasmo Guerra, Lambda Award Winning Author of 

                Between Dances and Once More to the River: Family

                Snapshots of Growing Up, Getting Out and Going




An exploration of a young, Mexican-American woman’s world, a world divided and united by the categories of food, sex, and religion.  It is a work that sings itself into being.


                Elena Georgiou, author of Mercy, Mercy, Me 

                and Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants



A blend of poetry and prose about living as a Latina lesbian, boasts graceful writing and vivid imagery.


                Deborah Martin, Journalist

                San Antonio Express-News