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CUISINE OF THE WATER GODS Hardcover – December 1, 1994
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Cuisine of the Water Gods is a much better book for cooking beyond what is mainstream in Mexico, predictably I am most compelled by the recipes from Central & Southern Mexico... although the Northern states do offer some interesting Ceviche & Seafood Cocktail recipes. I have found maybe 50 or so recipes that will go into my repertoire... so that is a pretty good yield in my experience.
Overall... I would say the best introduction to Mexican Cuisine is Bayless' Authentic Mexican... then at the next phase of mastery, Cusine of the Water Gods & some of Diane Kennedy's books... then when you want to get deeper into the cuisine... you purchase State specific books like Zarala's Oaxaca & Veracruz books... or ingredient specific (typically only available as imports).
This is a different beast. It's fascinating for me to learn about the regional variations and more specifically, the indigenous preparations. The structure is unique, but very approachable. I can honestly say that even after an hour of skimming, I have a better sense of the regional differences.
That being said, the recipes themselves look a bit over my head. Knowledge of many preparations are assumed. Many of the ingredients appear relatively obscure (although I have seen a good deal of them in Chicago's Mexican markets). There are some substitution suggestions, but they're not always included.
The biggest problem appears to be the size of the portions. Most entrees are designed for 8-16 people. A tamale recipe provides 60 tamales. I'm sure that the recipes can be cut down, but there's no information about whether you can simply cut every ingredient in half/quarter and maintain the proper flavor/texture. I'll see how that goes sometime down the road.
I'm still rating the book highly because the description of the recipes, regional breakdown and focus on indigenous foods fascinates me. I'll likely read the text portions from cover to cover, but this is an addition to your Mexican cookbook library- not a foundation builder. As the other review notes, start with Bayless or Kennedy. As you grow comfortable, add this for some fresh ideas.
Un formato muy creativo de la cocina del mar de cada estado con litroal ademas del distrito federal. No tiene fotos de platillos terminados. Como siempre busco aprender cosas nuevas, necesito referencias visuales. Tienes que tener este libro si te gusta la cocina Mexicana o la cocina del mar en general; te abrira los ojos ya que Mexico le pone su toque a todo.