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Mexico: The Beautiful Cookbook Paperback – August 10, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0067575862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0067575864
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 10 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful cookbook.
PEACENIK
The book is beautifully illustrated and easy to follow.
A. Hazelton
I only wished it came as a hard bound book.
Edward J. Miller

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookfan on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I will be short but right to the point. I am from Mexico City and I love cooking. I married someone from the United States and moved into the USA a few year ago. I could not stand eating Mexican food in most of the restaurants in the USA because most of the times, the flavors that are promoted as "authentic Mexican" are such a far cry from the real thing. The recipes in this book are great. When I ran into this book by chance, first attracted by the beautiful pictures, and cooked the dishes, I could not help but feel a deep nostalgia for my country! There are many types of Mexican food, - such as typical, nouvelle cuisine, regional cuisine, etc.- With this book you will be introduced to some of the good old famous dishes that you would encounter in the different regions of Mexico. The difficulty level varies but nothing that cannot be achieved with some patience and love for adventure. Start with the salsas so that you get to taste the original flavors and then compare them to the commercial brands... Highly recommended. The other book that I would recommend is by other woman named Patricia Quintana "Taste of México". Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Webb on April 4, 2009
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Of the various books that made up this series, this one by far is the most appealing. The text, use of photography, and clarity of recipes make each of these dishes accessible and highly enjoyable. Susanna Palazuelos' recipes are a culinary tour de force throughout Mexico, showing how the ethnic, cultural, and geographic diversity of this country indelibly influences its food. The recipes are not simply presented on the page but are brought to you with careful explanation of the history of the dish and the cultural context in which it was created.

Many of these dishes are unavailable in restaurants in the United States, which is truly unfortunate. Also, while substitutions are mentioned these are carefully crafted meals, so substitutions should be kept to a minimum. There are an increasing number of purveyors of specialty Mexican herbs and spices, so finding many of the main ingredients should not prove difficult, especially for on-line shoppers. Also, many chain and gourmet grocery stores are stocking an increasingly wide variety of Mexican products regardless of your location.

This is a must have book. I would round out this section of my cookbook collection with Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz's two cookbooks, especially if the first one can be found. Whether you are familiar with the authentic cuisine of this country or not, Mexico, The Beautiful Cookbook, is a gateway for remarkable dining experiences right in your own home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hazelton on February 17, 2008
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Mexico The Beautiful Cookbook contains what it claims: beautiful MEXICAN recipes, which are traditional, therefore not owned by anyone and like all traditional recipes vary from family to family, cooking to cooking. The book is beautifully illustrated and easy to follow. I have used the book over and over and given it as a gift to numerous friends all over the world who all treasure it. Mrs Palazuelos reputation is due to high standards and extremely hard work and with very good reason is considered Mexico's number 1 caterer and now her equally talented son has just opened a hit restaurant of Mex-Thai fusion cuisine, unique in Mexico.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa G. Bailey on October 26, 2005
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I work with many immigrants from Mexico, so took this cookbook to work with me to hear their impressions of the photography and the recipes, which I thought were wonderful. I have to say, everyone who looked at this beautiful cookbook wanted to borrow it, and asked where they could get a copy. Every Mexican immigrant I showed it to spent more than an hour admiring the photos, which are just as authentic as the recipes, and made everyone want to get to Mexico as soon as possible!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.H. on May 31, 2014
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This cookbook is truly a worthwhile purchase. Yes, the pictures are nice and there are some good informative paragraphs about the history of the food and regions where the food was influenced by. The the value of this book is in the recipes. The recipes are very authentic to Mexico. Such that some of the ingredients can be hard to find here in the United States.

The favors are restaurant quality. Good presentation and the end of the book has techniques and advice on food preparation before you engage in the actual creation of the meals. Every base is covered, so I give this book a full recommendation. It's good enough that I am now curious about the other books in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erlewine on April 23, 2011
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The book is large (10.5x14.5) and is fully illustrated and worth every penny. The illustrations are not step-by-step but are large images that show the finished product. I learned more from studying the final dish images in large format than from all the other Mexican cook books I have, and I have more cookbooks than I need. The recipes cover the simplest to the more complicated. I like the simpler ones. I have many of the best books from other authors, but they are text, text, text. This one makes me want to cook, which I am going to do right now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan J. Leder on April 6, 2011
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Though this book has been out of print for over 20 years, I was easily able to locate a "like new" copy on Amazon after having seen it in the home we rented in Mexico. Not only are the photos stunning, but the recipes are so simple and straight forward that it encourages the chef in all of us to take bold steps and create mouth-watering dishes. Moreover, the author has included what feels like every major Mexican dish you could hope to try and then some. It may be a well kept secret, but the fact is that REAL Mexican cuisine is world class fare and this book confirms my belief. A true cookbook gem!
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