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  • Series: Quick & Easy (Chronicle Books)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811872327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811872324
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee writes about food for numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives in Los Angeles.

Leigh Beisch is an award-winning food and lifestyle photographer based in San Francisco.

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Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee was born on a cold winter morning in 1970 in a tiny hospital on the outskirts of Seoul. She and her family immigrated to the United States in the late 70s, wearing bell bottoms with a funkadelic soundtrack playing in the background. She learned English in Pennsylvania but spent most of her formidable years in the various communities of Los Angeles. She's worked since she was 9 years old, pumping gas at her dad's gas station, slinging pizzas at the family pizza joint, and running the cash register at her parents' Mexican market. A lover of food, travel and images, she decided against a career in medicine to pursue writing and the arts. When she's not exploring the wonders of the world, she's pulling weeds in her vegetable garden in the City of Angels.

Customer Reviews

The recipes in this book are easy to follow.
Emerald Sparc
You'll also find recipes for rice pudding, sweet corn ice cream, plantains with vanilla and cinnamon ice cream, churros, and of course the wonderful Tres Leches cake.
H. Grove (errantdreams)
I've already used a few recipes in this book, and it's one I could see making almost every single recipe in it at least once.
Shala Kerrigan

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Quick and Easy Mexican Cooking- More Than 80 Everyday Recipes by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is based around the idea of quick to prepare, easy meals that are based off of traditional Mexican cooking.
The first part of the book explains a bit of the history of cooking and the author's history with Mexican cooking, followed by lists of the seasonings and essential ingredients, a glossary of ingredients and an introduction to Mexican cheeses and easier to find substitution suggestions.

Most of the recipes, with only a few exceptions, are cooked on a stove top, not baked or roasted in an oven.
The recipes are all listed with a descriptive name in English, followed by the Español name. There are gorgeous, mouthwatering full color photos of much of the food.

It's separated by recipe type. Sauces, salads, soups, entrees by main ingredient type (poultry and eggs, pork and beef, fish and shellfish), desserts and snacks and drinks. Since the author was a vegetarian at one point, she offers tips on some of the recipes like the refried beans for adapting the recipe for vegetarians, and some of the recipes like the soup would be easy to adapt as well. It's not a vegetarian cookbook, but if you're planning a dinner with guest who don't eat meat, you can find flavorful recipes in this book to serve them.

The recipes are wonderful, easy to prepare using short cuts like canned beans and grocery store rotisserie chickens. Most of the prep time is in cutting up ingredients. All the recipes are things that can be made in about an hour, a few of them go a little over that in cooking time, but the prep time is a lot shorter.

What I like best about this cookbook, other than the easy to make recipes, is also how easy they are to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Adam Weiss VINE VOICE on September 4, 2011
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Cecila Hae-Jin Lee has created a great book of Mexican recipes that anyone can try from the classics salsas to the not so classic Herbed pumpkin seed mole.You have soups,salads, chicken, pork , beef and desserts that will keep you in fresh ingredients for as long as you like. I liked how the author used fresh product worked into the dishes to bring out the true flavor of the foods you prepare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 7, 2013
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also had a wide variety of recipes to choose from. Very simple with ingredients and my first try with one of the recipes turned out great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RB on January 29, 2013
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This is a great book. It gives a brief overview of key Mexican ingredients, and the recipes have beautiful pictures & they're simple to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Do the Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 29, 2012
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And because the recipes in this book are "quick and easy", they sacrifice depth of flavor for convenience. So, if you are looking for long, slow braises (good old time Mexican treatments for inexpensive cuts of pork and beef) you will be disappointed with this cook book. On the other hand, if you don't know too much about Mexican food and want to learn about it--and also need to get it to the table quickly--this is a great book with which to start.

It is short on recipes--only about 80. It also tries to cover all the categories: From soup to nuts, and salads and drinks. Just by reading my last two sentences, you must realize that something's going to be short-changed.

It uses canned beans and other canned products. It also uses chicken breasts in the chicken soup recipes....There is even a chicken soup recipe that uses rotisserie chicken, and a suggestion to use the bones to flavor the soup if you have the time.

It has a very nice, comprehensive section on Mexican cheeses. And Mexican words are included along with the English, so the book can be helpful if you are trying to make sense of your Mexican market.
If you are wondering how it came to be that the author has a Korean name: Her parents owned a Mexican market on the West Coast, and the author studied and lived in Mexico City for a period of time. The writing is personable and her teaching/communicating skills are average.

A better book that's been published recently is Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales: Flavors from the griddles, pots, and street-side kitchens of Mexico. It doesn't cover the cheeses so well, and it doesn't cover soups (but the soup recipes in this Quick and Easy are pretty worthless anyway...). It's worth taking a look at it before purchasing this one. Maybe the two together would get you where you want to be Mexican-cooking-wise.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 23, 2011
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This book promises recipes that can be prepared in under one hour for weeknight meals and it does seem to live up to that promise. I've tried a couple of recipes (the bean salad and the Mexican rice) so far that were quick and easy. The other recipes I've read in the cookbook also appear to be quick and simple and use ingredients I can find in my local grocery store with the possible exception of baby octopus for the Soup of the Seven Seas recipe which I'm certain I will not make so that doesn't pose a problem for me.

The recipe sections include salsas and tortillas, salads, soups, vegetables and side dishes, poultry and eggs, beef and pork, fish and shellfish, desserts and snacks, and beverages. There is a menu planning section with suggested recipe combinations for complete meals, as well as lots of color photographs that inspire me to try other dishes such as tortilla soup, vegetable quesadillas, overstuffed chicken sandwich, chicken enchiladas, homemade churros, and three milks cake.

Cooks who enjoy Mexican food will benefit from adding this book to their collection.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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