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  • File Size: 275 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074CPUXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jared Daniels: The Practical but Perfect Meals Chef

While in college, I developed an interest in cooking while visiting a college friend, whose father was a "gourmet chef by hobby." After enjoying a few delicious meals, I realized that one can teach themselves to cook great meals without any significant formal training.

Ever since, I have been on a quest to create the perfect meals! I have learned that the difference between an average meal and an amazing meal is sometimes only a matter of some creativity and taking the time to understand the concepts behind food, ingredients and cooking processes.

My life has changed since those early college days. I now run my own small business and am a husband and active father to two very busy kids. Despite the busyness of life, my love for cooking has only grown! Only now, I am further challenged to summarize the successes into practical, repeatable and easy to follow formulas so that I can easily recreate any perfect meal and teach others to do it.

After hearing the constant encouragement from my family and friends to share what I know, I decided to start writing cooking related books to help others to achieve perfect meal results.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Ditty on February 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book has some good information on chiles - varieties, what to look for when buying, and handling information. It also has some basic information on other main ingredients used in the cookbook - rice, cheese, etc.

The recipes seem to be clear and straightforward, and I didn't spot any egregious errors.

I can't really address authenticity either way, but I can say that this is the type of recipe I use when I want to cook Mexican food. Some of the recipes are on the edge of "too simple to be a recipe" (such as the nachos one) but the inclusion is logical. I really like that the chicken enchilada recipe has instructions for making a sauce rather than using a canned cream soup.

I would have liked to have seen a couple of recipes for dried beans and/or refried beans - there are some basic instructions, but there are a lot more possibilities than just cooking beans in water.

There are a few typos and grammar errors here and there ("Mesican," "cut in to small pieces,") but not too many and the text is easy to follow.

I think the section at the end giving reasons to cook Mexican food at home would be better suited to the description rather than being included as part of the book, or possibly condensed a bit and included in the introduction. After all, these are selling points, reasons that someone might want to buy the cookbook, rather than text to be read at the end.

I picked this up as a free version for the Kindle and will be keeping it because I don't have a Mexican cookbook as of yet and this has some recipes that aren't in my current individual collection. If you like Mexican food, this probably won't have all the recipes you'll want, but it's a decent ground-level collection and may have some new ideas for someone who's more used to canned red enchilada sauce or fast food tacos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grandma TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 8, 2012
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I have never forgotten my very first taste of Mexican food. I was about three, I think, and a friend of my mothers had mailed her some "Mexican" from New Mexico. Back then you couldn't buy so much as a can of refried beans anywhere in New England! Frankly, it wasn't very good. I've never touched canned tamales since. But, my Mother did love Mexican food dearly and of course that influences me even all these years later. I've been cooking my own since I was a teen, back when the only Mexican to be had in all of New England were the tacos at Riverside Park, now Six Flags. Along the way, I've been lucky enough to live in the American Southwest and make a number of friends in the Mexican-American community. I can give you directions to several outstanding Mexican restaurants across the Continental US, but Jared McDaniel, author of Delicious Authentic Mexican Food: Easy Mexican Recipes for Cooking the Perfect Mexican Meal is exactly right when he says that what you make yourself will be better than anything you can buy out - at least most of the time. There still are very few decent Mexican restaurants in New England, so I indulge myself at least several times a week and "Mexican" is by far the largest ethnic section in my huge (600 and counting) library of cookbooks. I figure there is no such thing as too many Mexican cookbooks, so my collection contains more than a few.

As I sit here typing this my kitchen is redolent of chile, beans and chorizo and even though I've just finished a Mexican Pizza dribbled with Jared's Red Sauce, the smell is enough to make my mouth water.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christa Stanek VINE VOICE on April 26, 2012
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This cookbook really hit home for me. I lived in San Diego for MANY years and really was so lucky to come across some of the BEST Mexican cooks ever while there.
This book has some great recipes that anyone can make...they are not difficult, you just follow along and you will be a great Mexican chef in your own kitchen. He also offers something that Ive NOT seen in other E-cookbooks, he has great pictures and explanations of the assorted peppers...and also explains about other items you will be using to cook with....I thought there was a LOT of time and expertise that went into this cookbook, its a keeper in MY kitchen!
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You could learn about as much about Mexican cooking by visiting a Taco Bell. Very basic information and no great recipes.
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By lisab on February 20, 2013
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I am a beginner at cooking Mexican food and find this book to be very helpful The recipes are tasty and well wrote out
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