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Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food: 120 Authentic Recipes to Make at Home Hardcover – October 27, 2011
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About the Author
Joanna Pruess is an award-winning author, whose cooking articles and recipes have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Washington Post, Food Arts, Saveur, Food & Wine, and the Associated Press syndicate. Her cookbooks include Mod Mex and Seduced by Bacon. She and her husband, restaurant critic Bob Lape, live in the Bronx, New York.
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In dos Caminos Ivy Stark has researched Mexican street food from the various regions of Mexico and brought them to the American cook. The ingredients aren't difficult to find and there is a resources guide at the end of the book. Also there is a chile glossary and an ingredient glossary to help with more unfamiliar ingredients. While pictures here would have been nice a simple internet search can find images of the chiles, there is a page of pictures but no corresponding list of which they are.
Not every recipe has a picture but there are a lot of pictures and the pictures that are with the recipes are inspiring and mouth watering.
The chapters are by main ingredients, like vegetables or poultry, making recipes easy to find. The index is also well thought out and easy to find recipes. The recipes are laid out in easy to follow steps, ingredients followed by clear, easy to follow and understand directions. The salsas and condiments chapter is wonderful, giving that special authentic flavor to food.
I made the ranchers eggs for brunch and they were a big hit. The street salad with honey-citrus-jalapeno vinaigrette was a wonderful combination of fruit and greens with a peppery but not overwhelming sauce.Read more ›
The other issue I had with this book is some of the ingredients it calls for. Sea urchin roe, epazote (I had to look this one up. It's a hard to find spice.), huitlacoche (a corn fungus--seriously!) and goat meat are definitely not readily available in most of the United States, so that dropped my rating a bit, too.
There are some lovely recipes in here that are great. I'm a sucker for the Mexico City-Style Street Corn and I love the Jicama, Orange and Apple Salad and Roasted Chicken Flautas.
Go into this book with your eyes open, and I'll think you'll find lots to enjoy. This book is full of lovely photographs and interesting information and some great recipes--just not all of them are actually "Mexican Street Food".
I received a copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Be prepared to source fresh sea urchin roe (Uni), rabbit and goat meats to make some of the more adventurous dishes. Not to mention Huitlacoche, a corn smut fungus that is destroyed by US corn farmers to stop it spreading but relished in Mexico. Please don't buy it in a can but pay the exorbitant price for fresh fungus if you can find it. Do try the Grilled Nopalitos with cracked black pepper oil dressing, though black pepper is not a commonly used seasoning in Mexico excepting middle and upper classes. The Honey-Jalapeno dressing is delicious on her fruit salad but on the streets of Mexico you would be bitten by really hot chili salt used to bring out the sweetness of ripe mangos and melon.
The final chapter on Bebidas and Botanas is worth the price of this cookbook. Chef Stark knows her way around a bar and her take on the classic Margarita is very worthy of making at home. The Agua Frescas are unique and delicious. Coconut Horchada is a stand out.
Recommended with reservations
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some fantastic recipes, you will get hungry just browsing through it.Published 10 months ago by Fred Taute
its a great informative book, alot of tasty looking recipies, i saw tasty looking because when i made the carnitas recipie it was pretty bland. tasteless, and the salsa was so bad. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lateef
Bought as a gift for a friend who loves Mexican food and she totally loved it!Published 15 months ago by Mamma Hen
I do not remember getting this product, will check, maybe I got it on kindle.Published 17 months ago by Hazel.Hodge
While this isn't quite what I expected, I do love this cookbook. The recipes are authentic, and often complex. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kristi Gilleland