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The Elote Cafe Cookbook Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Chan & Edwards, Inc.; First Edition edition (2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0692003908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692003909
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything I have made has been outstanding.
EatWisconsin
Loved it so much we bought the book and Jeff Smedstad came out from the kitchen, thanked us and signed it.
Hoops
This is from a restaurant, and the recipes are great.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larisa E. Casillas on October 11, 2011
I stumbled upon Elote Cafe while on a trip to the Grand Canyon in Sedona. Despite the icy, snowy weather and unsafe driving conditions while there, the little place was packed - and rightly so. This chef puts a lot of thought and care into his recipes and the quality of his food. I'm Mexican-American from California, and I know what an authentic, good dish of Mexican food is, and I'm highly pleased that Jeff Smedstad got it right. His cookbook represents this, and is full of colorful pictures, detailed and practical instructions, and each recipe has a personal anecdote from him or explains the history of the dish. Overall, this cookbook is very personal, you notice the effort he put into it, and how much he selflessly gave of himself and his restaurant in this book since every recipe from his restaurant is here. He's definitely an authority on Mexican cuisine, having spent so much time there, and the book encompasses dishes from various regions of Mexico - of course he's put his own touch to them. I highly recommended this cookbook!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EatWisconsin on April 27, 2011
I ate at Elote last February and was blown away with my meal so when we returned home I ordered this book directly from the restaurant. Everything I have made has been outstanding. The Elote is always a hit as a great appetizer and the carnitas, with their strange ingredient list including Coca-Cola, Orange Juice, and Milk) are some of the best I have ever had. If you are stuck in the usual rut of cooking Tacos, Burritos, and Enchaladas, this book will get you out of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By happy camper on January 9, 2011
I can tell you - I have this cookbook and the recipes are outstanding !!! OMG, I've made three of the best meals ever! My husband thinks I'm amazing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Susan D. Latimer on May 25, 2012
Best cook book I ever had!! Everything I have made is amazing!!! I have never had Meat turn out perfect every time. We have even written the author a thank you note!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steno1 on October 26, 2011
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Make great Mexican food at home. Although the ingredients seem strange, the Elote app is fantastic! Recommended for any foodie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hoops on June 13, 2012
We went to Sedona with one goal of eating some really good Mexican food. We found it at the Elote Cafe. Loved it so much we bought the book and Jeff Smedstad came out from the kitchen, thanked us and signed it. Since returning from our trip we've been trying the recipies and are thrilled to find that they taste just lke what we had in the resturant. Talk about the ideal souvenier!!! The dishes are fun to make we particulary like the chorizo, fish tacos, spicy cabbage and of course the Elote. I'm not able to find all of the ingredients, some spices and chillies, but researching it adds to the fun. We are planning on buying more books for Christmas presents. Buy the book, you won't be dissapointed. I think I'll try some of the drink recipies tonight .... blood orange margaritas...yummy!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anita Burroughs on January 20, 2012
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My husband and I were in Sedona for just one night and were steered to the Elote Cafe by the hotel concierge. The restaurant was packed with seating only available at the bar, which we happily grabbed. A couple seated next to us were regulars at the Elote and recommended that we order several of the appetizers in leiu of an entre. We took their suggestions and ordered the Elote corn, Seafood Tacos and mushrooms in chipolte. I also ordered a cocktail (even the cocktail was outstanding) and we had the corn cake for dessert. We were completely and utterly blown away by the food, so I ordered the book when I got back to NH. I have made all of these dishes now, which are in the book. The recipes are relatively simple, and every bit as good as the restaurant's versions (although I had to improvise with some ingredients such as the cotija cheese, which is not readily available here in the Wonder Bread State). I also made the Coctel de Camarones, which is a cross between a shrimp cocktail and a bowl of spiced gazpacho; it was absolutely heavenly, and can be put together in under 15 minutes. Another favorite of my friends was the goat cheese fundido, which is also a snap to put together, and truly luscious. I truly cannot wait to try every recipe in this book...I am a Rick Bayless fan but find I like this book even better. If you are enjoy Mexican/Southwest food, grab this book. And be sure to visit the restaurant if you are ever in Sedona...the chef is really remarkable.
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I saw Chef Jeff Smedstad of Elote Café on Your Live A-Z on channel 3 tv. He was making smoked green chili enchiladas. He had a rub that he advertised while making the recipe that I wanted to buy. So I started looking around for it. I went to his restaurant's website and found this cookbook for $29.95. [...] Why Amazon sellers are asking over $50.00 is something only they can answer.
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