Asian and Latin American foods are in the news.

The Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio, Texas, campus will host its second annual "Latin Flavors, American Kitchens" conference Oct. 14-16 in San Antonio. CIA invites foodservice industry professionals to the event, which showcases the foods and cooking of Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico and the sea-bordered Veracruz region of Mexico. Visit www.ciachef.edu for details.

Ready for a culinary trip down the "Silk Road?" Published by iUniverse, The Silk Road Gourmet is the latest book from Asian food expert Laura Kelley. The new book surveys the cuisines of Western and Southern Asia from the Republic of Georgia to Sri Lanka. Volume one provides hundreds of recipes for main course meat and vegetable dishes as well as appetizers, desserts, sauces and condiments. Available at www.iUniverse.com.