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A collection of 100 recipes for anyone who wants to cook traditional Mexican
food in all its surprising freshness and variety, ranging from the simplest
dishes to more complex ones, and including both the classic and the
lesser-known regional gems of this cuisine.

Nopalito provides a snapshot of regional Mexican cuisine from the perspective
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Ten Speed Press
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Dash fan
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5☆ Review

If you like Authentic Mexican cooking then Nopalito is for you.

Nopalito is special and you can see lots of thought and research has been done to ensure each recipe has as much information as possible.

It's more than just a recipe book it has lots of background information about the family and the history behind it.
It also has lots of great information about Mexico and what you would find in a Mexican Pantry and kitchen with explanations regarding ut
Stijn Zanders
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very exciting cookbook. It takes a bit of time to gather the ingredients, but then you are able to create great salsa's, taco's, spice mixes and anything you can imagine. The book also contains a section on chilis and spices, which helps to understand why chilis are crucial to Mexican cuisine. Don't scroll through this book when you're hungry, as the pictures are mouthwatering.
MaryannC. Book Freak
Excelente! I checked this out at the library but I will definitely be buying this! Many of these recipes are similar to the ones my mom has made in our family, but want to have this close to home to refer to, adding to my collection of cookbooks.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

The recipes are clearly described, but many of them felt to me quite complex, so they're perhaps not ideal for real beginners to cooking - though they do have some simpler recipes too, particularly some delicious salsa recipes and instructions on how to make your own tortillas. These are easy to follow and yield great results. There are also some great snacks and 'small plate' recipes which look deliciously mouth-watering.

The authors clearly explain what specific ingredients you'll
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
descriptionNice cover on this one. It features a photo of a recipes found within. It has good composition and simple but effective typopgraphy.description

descriptionI simply ADORE Mexican food so this cookbook was right up my alley!

This book starts off with a nice little preface by the author. Followed by an introduction by Gonzalo Guzmán.

It includes some yumm
"Mexican food is, at heart, a labor-intensive style of cuisine from a hardworking people.”

I could tell this cookbook was a labor of love! Gonzalo Guzmán is a partner and chef of two Nopalito restaurants in San Francisco. They serve "fresh, one-of-a-kind, Mexican-by-the-way-of-California food.” With this book, you can cook the flavors of Nopalito in your own kitchen.

"Creating everything from scratch is the true secret to re-creating the complex flavors and true Mexican cuisine.”

Guzmán recommends making as m/>
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Update: I really loved the book overall but after a month of cooking with it moved it to four stars instead of five - just because there are errors like, for example, the vinegar in the chilorio. Also there is no way frying tortilla chips for 5 to 8 minutes is a good idea! etc.

However, I have wanted to learn to cook Mexican food for a *very* long time and have always been intimidated? not inspired? by Rick Bayless and Diana Kennedy. This book got me going and for that it gets a milli
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Mexican food. This hasn't always been the case. I feel like this book showcases a lot of what has drawn me into the cuisine over time. There are a lot of bold flavors and simple recipes that taste great.

Guzmán clearly loves this cuisine and wants to share that love with others. He shares stories about how he grew up around food and which dishes are his favorites. There is a bit of le
Melissa Dee
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m lucky enough to be only a two hour drive from Nopalito, in San Francisco, but I still leaped at the chance to review the cookbook, and to bring some of the food-love home to my own kitchen. I’m a big fan of many of the small plates (I especially recommend any of the salads, the empanadas, and the gorditas), but the biggest lure of this beautiful new cookbook was a chile spattered weekend spent working my way through the salsa chapter.

And now that I’ve got a fridge full of colorful salsa, I’
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great cookbook! After looking through all the recipes in the cookbook, I feel that I can totally make a lot of them at home. It has lots of pictures of dishes, as well as demonstrations like how to make tamales. I also love how the pages fall flat which is so essential to using the book when cooking!

My book club's food theme was Mexican, so I needed to make Mexican food. I made 4 dishes and one cocktail from the book. I made Escabeche Rojo (Pickled Red Onions), Arroz Mexicano (Mexican Rice), Fr
Scott Thomas
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful pictures, beautiful writing, and beautiful recipes. Made me appreciate the hard work that goes into making each dish. Makes you wonder why Mexican food isn't regarded as highly when there are so many techniques used and time consumed to make a "simple" dish.
January Gray
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy to follow recipes, and easy to find ingredients. You can't beat that!
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wonderful story about rising through the restaurant ranks...especially in SF!
Maureen Sawyer
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have been pouring over this book for a few months. I've eaten at the restaurant in SF a few times, when I'm down to visit family, so I know the food in the restaurant is amazing (I am in love with the Totopos! simple but so delicious. I really wish they had this butternut squash empanada with pumpkin seed mole that my mother had once, but that seems like it was just a special). Unfortunately I have found that while I love some restaurants, I am disappointed in the cookbook as I can't get the s ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I am sure there are lots of great tasting recipes in this book. I'll even try and make some. But my biggest complain is the lack of photos of food being prepared or even the finished product Cookbooks scream for photos!
P.e. lolo
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A very good book about Mexican cooking and the different equipment you could use to make the process easier. Now the recipes in the book are easy to follow and the author traditional and also some with a twist on them. Now I grew up cooking but not Mexican food until I married into my wife’s family, and one thing I have noticed is that each family is different in their cooking. One thing that is the same as in this book is when making salsas and how the flavor changes with how you prepare the ch ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This delightful cookbook contains a variety of recipes from salsas to postres (desserts), from numerous regions throughout Mexico and Central America. The book also contains lots of instructions, from making your own masa (a backbone to many Mexican foods and beverages), to explaining the tools traditional cooks use to achieve optimal results. Chef Gonzalo Guzmán takes the reader through wonderfully varied recipes that exceed the standard burrito, fajita and taco plates with rice and beans that ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Beautifully illustrated, Napolito is part documentary of Mexican grandmother's cooking and part cookbook, delving into the art of not just homemade tortillas but homemade masa.

It is a story of growing up and trying to capture the goodness of rural, Mexican fare, in an urban, U.S. restaurant kitchen.

These are mostlynaccessivle recipes to the home cook with a solid knowledge of the local Mexican market. The flavors are cold, chile based, and brightly layered both visually and textural
Helga Nel
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
NOTE: I received this book curtesy of NetGalley and Ten Speed Press in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly I have never had real Mexican food before. I am not referring to the imitation taco's, nacho's served at our local franchise restaurants.

I do wish that I was able to obtain the ingredients as the recipes look divine and filled to the brim with flavor. The photographs and step by step instructions make you feel as if you will be able to replicate these traditional dishes with
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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I think I would eat every single thing in this book, so I'm definitely going to need to visit Nopalito some time. I don't know if I'll ever make anything from this book, but they did a great job explaining ingredients and techniques. Also, this is CHOCK full of yummy food pics.
Pam G
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great recipes. Some are time consuming but everything is delicious.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting cookbook but not incredible. Probably won't use any recipes from it
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
probably the best book i have read on Mexican food and cooking.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely photos and stories. I wish I lived closer to the restaurants to try his amazing food.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, authentic Mexican cooking. This book explores almost all you need to know on Mexican cuisine, from the basic corn tortilla to more complex dishes. Some of the recipes are labour-intensive, but that's what separates from other books and is more authentic. Beginners might have some difficulty following along, but shouldn't be deterred - the end product will surely be worth the effort and time. My favourite section hands-down is the salsa section, I will be referring to this resource for ...more
Mary Taylor
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading about and eating Mexican food, so wonderful. this book has recipes that i will have to try!
DelAnne Frazee
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Nopalito - A Mexican Kitchen
Author: Gonzalo Guzman & Stacy Adminando
Published: 4-11-2017
Publisher: Ten Speed Press/Random House LLC
Pages: 316
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Sub Genre: Cookbooks; Mexican; Regional Cuisine
ISBN: 13-978-0399578281
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5 Stars


I received a copy of Nopalito - A Mexican Kitchen from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Gonzalo Guzman, A Veracruz, Mexico na
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this review and more on my blog.

I received a free copy of Nopalito in exchange for my honest opinion.

I needed some new recipes to give myself some variation in what I am eating. Nopalito gives a nice wide variety of Mexican dishes and also gives some useful information on how to prepare ingredients.

Whilst I have not been able to try any of the recipes yet, I do have a few that I shall be trying in the next few weeks like Paletas de Fresas (Strawberry Popsicles), Machaca De Cam/>I
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
This book is everything I've dreamed of knowing about Mexican cooking. It shows the complexity of what can be done with simple ingredients and yet makes them doable, from making your own mesa, to the curdling process of queso (simple!), to beautiful easy recipes made with real food often local and seasonal by necessity rather than preference. I especially am interested in making asparagus quesadillas and homemade horchata. I am very pleased with the simple cocktail recipes and desserts too!! All ...more
Please Pass the Books
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a stunning and thorough cookbook! I am fortunate to say I have had the wonderful experience of dining at San Francisco's Nopalito, and was thrilled to have this book fall into my hands.

The photos: Gorgeous. Vibrant. Make you want to lick the page.

The recipes: Complex, but easy to follow. The ingredients may require a bit of work to find, but they are well worth it.

The winner: Oh my gosh...the salsas! Seriously, if you dive into this book for nothing else,
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