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Cantina: The Best of Casual Mexican Cooking (Casual Cuisines of the World) Hardcover – September, 1996

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"Cantina" is an elastic term that can describe a simple one-table market stall or a full-fledged restaurant. It suggests a basic, everyday style of cooking that has been a mainstay of Mexican cuisine for decades. Feniger and Milliken, who run Border Grill in Los Angeles and have co-authored City Cuisine and Mesa Mexicana, ably sample different regional flavors and influences in the dishes, arranged from appetizers to desserts, they've selected here. There are Grilled Beef Tacos from the north, Saffron Mussel Stew from the Yucatan and Grilled Lobster Rosarita from Baja California, along with basic recipes for such staples as tortillas, salsas, beans and rice. Calling for authentic but generally available ingredients, including a wide variety of chilies, the recipes, each with a full-page photo of the finished dish, are simple enough to be feasible as family fare without losing the essential ethnic character. The recipe for a more complicated dish like Chicken Mole Drumsticks makes use of ready-cut chicken pieces, but, because flavor is in the details, homecooks still need to roast, seed and stem chilies.

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Product Details

  • Series: Casual Cuisines of the World
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sunset Pub Co; 1St Edition edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740895177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376020390
  • ASIN: 0376020393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cantina was the first cook book in the Casual Cusine series that I purchased, and of all my many cookbooks, it is the one that I use most often. The Beer BatteredShrimp with Chipolte-Honey Sauce has quickly become a family and party favorite as have the Sea Bass Ceviche with Lime and Cilantro and the Chiles Rellenos. Our friends have been known to invite themselves over for dinner and they usually request that I make these dishes.
The book is laid out with simple-to- follow recipies and corresponding, beautifully shot photos of each dish. Just add a secluded tropical beach with Mariachi music in the background, someone else to do the dishes, and you've got your own little piece of heaven.
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This little book is packed with interesting and unique Mexican recipes that have minimal ingredients but pack tremendous flavor!
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This book is easy to use and the recipes can be as complex or as simple as you're in the mood for. And I don't know about you but I like a well illustrated cookbook.
I recommend the whole series of them!
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I purchased this book for myself and loved it and then I gave it to my son. He is a really good cook and is fearless and into trying new takes on traditional recipes. I am lucky to have a Border Grill where I live (Las Vegas)....
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