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Oaxaca Al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy
No one has done more to introduce the world to the authentic, flavorful cuisines of Mexico than Diana Kennedy. Acclaimed as the Julia Child of Mexican cooking, Kennedy has been an intrepid, indefatigable student of Mexican foodways for more than fifty years and has published several classic books on the subject, including The Cuisines of Mexico (now available in The Essent ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by University of Texas Press
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I have been in love with the food of Mexico and of Oaxaca ever since I first visited this Pacific Mexican state many years ago with my family. Now Diana Kennedy, the english language grandame of Mexican cookery, has released a stunning cookbook that overs that region. Just looking through its pages makes me hungry. When this cookbook arrived (as a birthday present from a particularly thoughtful red head) I knew I had lots of happy cooking ahead of me. Al Gusto, indeed.
Diana Kennedy has been writing about regional Mexican cooking for literally decades, and she started way ahead of the pack. This book on Oaxacan cooking, which came out relatively recently, is a gorgeous book, something that you would be proud to have on your coffee table. The opening chapter informs you that the triumvirate of Oaxacan cooking is chocolate, corn, and chilis. When I was in Oaxaca, a Zapotec woman told me that a Oaxacan woman mut be able to make chocolate, tortillas, and moles, or ...more
This stunner of a cookbook is more of an atlas, National Geographic journey deep into one of the most culinarily diverse and fascinating states of Mexico. It's definitely challenging to recreate these dishes; expect to find barbecued iguana, whole pig roasted in a hole in the ground, and dragonflies on the menu. That being said, there are practical working recipes to be found- I made black mole, and while it took 2 days, it was mind blowing. Beautiful large prints throughout, would make a great ...more