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The Tortilla Book

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,027 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Diana Kennedy, the authoritative cultural missionary for the foods of Mexico, shows the incredible range of her imagination as she concentrates on one amazingly versatile ingredient: the humble tortilla. "No one touches Diana Kennedy when it comes to Mexican food."--New York magazine. 38 halftones and line drawings. ...more
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 1st 1989)
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Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a completely random find, rescued by my mom from a library collections purge. At first glance it looked like a dated 70's cookbook, and I admit to being suspicious about a seeming "outsider" writing about traditional Mexican food. I could not have been more wrong. Author Diana Kennedy brings a wealth of experience living in and traveling throughout Mexico for decades. The book showcases the humble building block of cooking, the tortilla, and branches off into different dishes using that ...more
Larry Edwards
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, this is a classic cookbook which should be on everyone's shelf. Not only are the dishes included delicious and authentic, the magical way in which Diana Kennedy writes shines brightly. This is one of those few cookbooks you can read for pleasure as well as cooking. Dammit, now I'm hungry! ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kitchen-shelf
I love Taco Tuesday, so I read this as an homage. I dig that she tried to incorporate traditional Mexican cooking and American ingredients in a very practical manner. A good cooking book with simple recipes and good advice, and most of all her love for Mexican cooking.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Mexican cook book. Diana Kennedy writes in a way that gives you a sense of belonging. You get a feel for more than just the ingredients when you read her descriptions and explanations.

I love authentic cooking and Diana Kennedy takes you far beyond the Taco Belle fare we are all familiar with.

Chiles Jalapenos En Escabeche anyone?
Shannon Clark
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks, signed
A great cookbook which I do not use nearly enough, have recently pulled it out and plan on working my way through many of the recipes inside. I met the author at a rare signing event here in San Francisco at the Ferry Building Farmers Market where I also had the pleasure of tasting a number of the dishes in the cookbook prepared by one of the food vendors at the market.
El Keitho
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
if you have any interest in Mexican Cooking, this is a must read. I am a New Mexican from Albuquerque, but find our local cuisine rather one dimensional. I far prefer authentic Mexican cuisine and I use this book more than any other currently. even living in Albuquerque i find some of the ingredients sometimes hard to find.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery-books
I love this book, but the crazy (and fun) thing is that I've made recipes from it for people, and more often than not, I'll get a comment like, "That's not Mexican food!". Lay your preconceptions aside when you pick this puppy up. ...more
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
forget about rick bayless, diana kennedy is where it's at when it comes to regional mexican cooking. ...more
Given to my on my 29th birthday from my friend, Kathi.

Packing away now as we declutter the house, preparing to put it on the market.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
authentic mexican food , a good book , but some foods are hard to make and time consuming ..but they are worth it.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
Very, very detailed and technical. I would refer to it heavily if I made my own masa.
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fantastic book for those interested in the art of making torillas. It also has other basic/useful recipes (for salsas, enchiladas, etc)
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great cookbook for real Mexican, getting away from the usual Tex-Mex stuff you see around town. One of my go to cookbooks when I'm actually making things on the weekend. ...more
641.5 Ken
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite cookbooks. All about the tortilla!
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first regional Mexican cooking cookbook, and where I learned to make beans in a slow cooker--something that has made my life quite lovely since
Joe Cummings
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-non-fiction
Diana Kennedy is a goddess among excellent Mexican chefs.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, culture, non-fiction
Kennedy is an exhaustive, thorough resource and wealth of Mexican cooking. I've made a handful of her recipes: namely the frijoles de olla/pot beans, braised pork with lentils, and a braised chicken dish. Her instructions are very clear and precise, and for a beginner cook that takes the time to read through the recipe will have no problems completing the dish. Some of the recipes are very unique and not what you would expect of Mexican cooking. I love that the recipes credit the source (if Kenn ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookery
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, very good. Spent my vacation in Mexico and learned to make blue corn and yellow corn tortillas from scratch. It takes a few more than 19 pats for the raw beginner to get a tortilla out of a ball of masa, though ,,,
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