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Oaxaca Al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy

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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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Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
John Caron
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A standard for Oaxaca’s food but many ingredients are challenging to find outside the area—but a few minutes on the Internet will solve that problem.
Catherine Woodman
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Amazing - as with all of Diana Kennedy's work, there are great stories to accompany wonderful recipes. I don't know how many of these will find their way to my vegetarian table (most rely on meat), but there's plenty to inspire innovation.
Charles Kerns
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loc-oaxaca, food
The pictures make me drool. I want to go to Oaxaca and eat. Not have a cookbook. Food voyeurism is not all it is cracked up to be.
If you are a serious lover of Mexican cuisine, then this one is for you! Ingredients, techniques and history topped off by gorgeously slick photographs. One to enjoy slowly!
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks-food
Wonderful so far!
Terry Gallagher
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As much anthropology as cookbook; I'm not likely to try to make these recipes, but Diana Kennedy's book make me look forward to the chance of visiting Oaxaca.
Carol J.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully complete and authoritative. A visual treat to just browse. A great book to cook from.
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