5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good cook-book overall, though title may mislead,
This review is from: Jane Butel's Tex-Mex Cookbook (Paperback)
The recipes in this book sample (not cover) the range of Mexican-inspired American cooking found in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. I suspect that it is not the thing for residents of any of those states who are religious about their cuisine, but it is a great sampler cookbook for we deprived northeasterners who sometimes don't know the difference between tex-mex and old mexican, let alone think that it means something between Taco Bell and Don Pablo's.
The recipes in this book range from the very simple (caseroles made from leftover tortilla chips and canned sauces) to the more involved "real" dishes.
If you live in Pennsylvania and suspect that you could make a better, more authentic enchilada sauce than you enjoy at chi-chi's, you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for comprehensive looks at the cooking of Texas or Mexico, then you're out of luck.
The recipes themselves are clear and easy to follow. Freezing suggestions are a nice addition, and many (not all) of the recipes include introductory text (something I always want in a cookbook), but photographs are lacking and the index is not terribly special (another feature I look closely at when rating a cook book).
Overall, this is a solid 3-star cook book that I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of.