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For the home cook unfamiliar with annatto seeds, crema and tamal, this slim yet worthy collection of Mexican dishes by Castro (founder of the Ars Magirica Cooking School in Miami) is the ideal starter. Accessible recipes ranging from soups and salads, chicken and meat dishes, to desserts are presented with straightforward and easy-to-follow instructions. Recipes, including such classics as tortilla soup, enchiladas and mole chicken, are broken down into sections and accompanied by concise cooking notes covering technique, ingredient information and advance preparation tips. Instructions for techniques like wrapping chicken in banana leaves, assembling tamales and making homemade chorizo are accompanied by captioned step-by-step photographs to guide readers. One wont discover any outrageous or cutting-edge dishes, yet Castro fulfills her mission to educate and explain the basics of Mexican cooking in a simple, satisfying way. (Apr.)
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“Castro fulfills her mission to educate and explain the basics of Mexican cooking in a simple, satisfying way.”
—Publishers Weekly

“With this book Lourdes Castro has added a spark of creativity and simplicity to Mexican food that up until now had not yet been realized. It gives me a huge sense of pride and honor to know that this book exists, as it will help a large audience re-create these gems in a simple and straightforward way.”
—Aarón Sánchez, chef/owner of Paladar and chef/partner of Centrico, author of La Comida del Barrio, and former cohost of Food Network’s Melting Pot

“Here, at last, are real Mexican recipes that are authentic, creative, and fun to prepare. Lourdes Castro creates an atmosphere that makes learning about enchiladas, tacos, and salsas exciting and interesting, and her precise methodology with Mexican cookery is refreshing and very entertaining. Highly recommended.”
—Jonathan Waxman, chef/owner of Barbuto and West County Grill and author of A Great American Cook

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lourdes is the author of two cookbooks Simply Mexican (2009) and Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish (2009). She earned the distinction of having her first cookbook, Simply Mexican, selected by Food & Wine magazine as one of the 25 best cookbooks of 2009. Lourdes is currently working on her third cookbook due out Spring 2011, which will focus on Latin grilling.

As a cookbook author and teacher, Lourdes divides her time between Miami and New York City. She serves as a part-time instructor at New York University's Food Studies department where she teaches courses in food science. Lourdes is also the director of the Biltmore Culinary Academy, a recreational cooking school located within the historic Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Trying a new cookbook is always a bit risky. More times than I can count, recipes that looked good on paper turned out to be disasters for me. Indeed, in my long history of trying new recipes for my family, I have about a 50% success rate. In this book, I tried the Shrimp & Lime Salad, the Chili-Smothered Shrimp Skewers, the chicken tostadas, mushroom quesadillas, the fish tacos and the flan. Everything turned out delicious except for the flan, but I may have over baked that. My kids were actually fighting over the last bit of fish from the fish tacos. Novice cooks will appreciate the clear directions and experienced cooks will like the way the recipes are structured for the most efficient use of time. I also appreciated that some of the grill recipes offered an alternative way of preparing the dishes for people who don't have a grill. Other cookbook authors might want to follow Lourdes Castro's example and realize that not everyone lives in suburbia and owns a grill, or even wants one. There are still several recipes I want to try in this book and I would recommend it to anyone who was interested in either Mexican food or preparing simple dishes.
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I purchased my book last week and I am so happy I did. I have made three dishes so far. The roasted corn soup, mexican chorizo and stacked chicken tostadas. I used the Achiote Marinade for a steamed fish recipe. The taste of it was so good. It was yummy I couldnt even believe it. It did not take a long time to prepare. Ms. Castro gives instructions on preparation and shortcuts. There are pictures of the dishes and also cooking notes. She also includes a glossary for information on the different ingredients used in the book. Some ingredients maybe hard to find depending on your location. For the most part the recipes are easy to follow. Its very simple cooking for anyone who would like to learn Mexican cooking. Its basic cooking but not too over the top.
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I bought this book after hearing the author on NPR. Great book, we have tried about 7 of the recipes and they all have been great. We used to get store-made rotisserie chicken, but the recipes here teach you to make your own and what you make is a lot easier and cheaper. The Chili, Chorizo and Cheese is excellent, so is the Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo sauce. If you want to get some easy recipes for Mexican Food, this is it!!!
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The recipes are very easy to follow because she breaks it down in steps. She is a teacher so she "speaks" to the reader as a teacher would, which is very helpful when you need to know exactly what you're doing. I am familiar with Mexican cooking, although my family cooks more of the Arizona/sonoran Mexican cuisine. After creating one recipe, I am steadily plowing through her other recipes with much enthusiasm and excitement about what the next creation will bring. The pork chops are amazing and the cilantro rice is brilliant to look at and eat. I love that she uses mostly fresh ingredients, although using some of these recipes in the winter might be hard (New York area) so I am doing them all this summer! This cookbook is perfect!
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The recipes are very easy to follow with beautiful pictures to compliment the dishes. The recipes are trully authentic Mexican . It is a joy to
cook from this book. Good job Lourdes !!!
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I was looking for a good cookbook to make restaurant-style Mexican food at home. I've tried 5 recipes so far and loved every one of them. The instructions were easy to follow and worked perfectly. Taste quality is excellent. Favorite recipe in the book so far: corn soup with roasted corn guacamole.
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With Lourdes, it really is Simply Mexican!!! As busy as I am, this easy to follow step-by-step book has helped me stir up not only quick and delicious healthy meals for my kids but has helped me to impress my friends and family with elegant and classy dishes that make you say OLE!. Thanks Chef Castro...you're a savior! Can't wait for the next book! Highly recommended for those who are beginners or even pros in the kitchen! Its a must have! Best Ribs north of the border!
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This book is a great book for people who want to learn more about cooking Mexican food. the pictures are not only pretty but extremely helpful. The directions and descriptions are also helpful telling you the difference between certain items and how they are made.
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