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Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From restaurateur (Centrico) and Food Network star (Chefs vs. City, Chopped, and Heat Seekers) Aarón Sanchez comes his fabulous new cookbook themed around 15 unforgettable Mexican flavor bases.

You’ve seen him on the Food Network’s Chopped, Chefs vs. City, and Heat Seekers. You’ve savored his lovingly prepared dishes at Centrico in New York City. Now, with Simple Food, Big
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Atria Books
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Evelyn
Jan 17, 2017 Evelyn rated it liked it
I haven't tried any of these recipes. The book is full of pictures. Food looks yummy!
Lindsey Duncan
Mar 16, 2016 Lindsey Duncan rated it liked it
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This book is built on a great concept: a series of sauces / bases that can be used for general purposes, each followed by specific recipes that incorporate it. I just wish it had gone further with the recipes. - it felt like a surface treatment to me. I probably aren't the one to judge this book, as I feel it is geared to a novice cook. It does a great job hand-holding for those who aren't familiar with Mexican flavors. To me, even the flavor text felt glossy and artificial, rather than a real e ...more
Melissa
Jun 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did actually read this book page by page, because it is not just a collection of recipes. Every recipe that I have followed from this book has been delicious, but what I appreciated even more was all the extra information in the book. Sanchez took the time to describe the flavor profiles and proper preparation of the more unfamiliar ingredients used throughout the book, such as tamarinds, aji amarillo paste, achiote paste, and at least five different types of chiles. Using that information, it ...more
Tonya
Nov 03, 2014 Tonya rated it really liked it
I love Mexican food, as does the entire family. I gleaned many new, delicious tips from this book, on authentic Mexican cooking. This book also instigated a new found love of tomatillos, and how to cook them. I do not read a lot of cookbooks anymore, but found this to be a valuable addition to my kitchen repertoire!
Monique
Jan 26, 2012 Monique rated it really liked it
Great cookbook...I love Aaron Sanchez from FOODTV and the show CHOPPED which I force my husband to watch with me. But seriously, this book has great ideas and recipes that translate easy from the book to your plate. The photos and explanations make all the difference in the world. This is a keeper!
Carmen Amato
Nov 30, 2013 Carmen Amato rated it it was amazing
Excellent cookbook built around a collection of sauces and salsa recipes. Lots of how-to tips thrown in for working with key ingredients like garlic, tomatoes, and peppers. Clear directions, in a fun, witty, style that truly showcases Mexican food and culture.
Vanessa
May 04, 2012 Vanessa rated it liked it
I love how this book is organized and I really enjoy Aaron Sanchez (his writing and what I've seen on TV) but the recipes have turned out just okay. I feel like I have better luck with Rick Bayless.
Jeanne
Dec 20, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
From a guru or Mexican cooking, this book has simple master recipes with several recipes for using them. Aji Amarillo Paste, Aaron's Adobo, Habanero Love, Aaron's Chorizo, Chile Colorado Sauce are some of the ones I can't wait to try. This will give me the Mexican kitchen I've been wanting.
Lynea
Jan 23, 2015 Lynea rated it did not like it
simple and easy for beginners venturing into hispanic cooking. I was hoping for more complex flavors and deeper Latino roots, but I did enjoyed the simple recipes and laid back approach to cooking.
Jillian
Apr 25, 2012 Jillian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't crazy about the recipes or the photos. Nothing really jumped out at me.
Roberta
May 22, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing
Not quite what I was expecting, but there is a lot of good stuff in there, particularly if you're looking to expand your Mexican cooking skills.
Michelle
Sep 18, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
So far I am loving all the ideas in this book!
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