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Mexico: The Cookbook

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A New York Times Best Seller

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Cookbook (Fall 2014)

"All my life I have wanted to travel through Mexico to learn authentic recipes from each region and now I don’t have to – Margarita has done it for me!" – Eva Longoria

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook fea
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Hardcover, 704 pages
Published October 27th 2014 by Phaidon Press
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Andrea
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. It's beautiful, it's thorough (huitlacoche, ant eggs and maguey worms, anyone?), and it's on one of my favorite cuisines. However, the book did not allow me to love it. I found numerous errors throughout (ingredients listed in instructions that were missing from the ingredient list, ingredients listed that are not referenced in the instructions, confusing directions, etc.) On at least one recipe, the region was listed as "falta" which could lead non-Spanish-spe ...more
Monica
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I made the slow cooked pork on page 403 and it tasted incredible! My issue with the book though, is that it's not very specific. For example here are some of the ingredients listed: 4 Tbs oregano, dry roasted: Is this 4tbs of dry oregano that you then roast or freshly picked oregano that you dry roast.? Depending on which one you use, you are going to have a lot more or less oregano in the recipe. Another ingredient listed was 4tbs of ground dried chilies: What type of chili should I use? I know ...more
Ghostdiver
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent selection of recipes and Mexican classics. Best Mexican cookbook I've seen since The Beautiful Cookbook!

Good sign you have an authentic Mexican cookbook?

A solid recipe for café de olla.


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Ian Philip
Nov 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is an absolute disaster. Poorly edited (if edited at all), disorganized, and at times dangerous (adding cold milk to smoking hot oil? What?). I really wanted this book to live up to it's lofty goals, but sadly it fell dramatically short of that mark. Do not buy. ...more
Viviana
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous tool I constantly use to research traditional recipes I might not have prepared before, but whose flavor is deep in my memories.

A book that can be found in Spanish, English, and, French and that I would recommend for those who like Mexican food like the one we eat locally in Mexico, but not necessarily while you're there.
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Sophia Edmond
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a great starting resource for regional and gourmet Mexican dishes.
Liz
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Lots of recipes and reference for all types of Mexican cuisine.
James
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Foodies
This is an encyclopedia of Mexican recipes organized by broad type and the region of origin is listed. If you ate something in Mexico City or other province and were looking for a basic recipe, I suspect you have a good chance finding it here. This book assumes that you are already an accomplished Mexican chef, ingredients are not covered that well, no recommended pantry or cooking tools are listed. Also missing is nutritional information, though I suspect in many cases you don't want to know. I ...more
Mary
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Lots and lots of recipes which branch from the usual and obvious to the very unusual and interesting. Most recipes have ingredients that are accessible in most larger towns/cities. I would have liked discussion around the recipes but these are just recipes.
Gail
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The recipes included some intriguing but difficult to come by ingredients such as worms and ant eggs! It was interesting reading and it provided a quite different glimpse into Mexican culture, but I probably won't be using it as my "go to" cookbook. ...more
Barbara
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this cookbook but I don't. It isn't easy to use and the recipes have had issues/problems. It's positive is the variety of recipes from across Mexico. It won't be a "go to" cookbook for me but I will probably keep it as a reference. ...more
Alana
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Destined to become a classic cookbook of Mexican cooking. Amazing breadth and variety.
Sara
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really awesome. Gorgeous, clear, easy to use, lots of unique and delicious-sounding food. Will be keeping an eye out for a used copy of this.
Sandy
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I am marking this as 'read' now because I will never be completely finished with this book. First recipes tried were easy to made and delicious. ...more
Heather
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever seen ...more
Emma
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
Read the Intro..... perused the recipes. I will buy a copy because the book is beautiful and the recipes are amazing.
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could have more pictures
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