- Paperback: 391 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Revised edition (September 27, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060915617
- ISBN-13: 978-0060915612
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cuisines of Mexico Paperback – October 11, 1989
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For many years, it was difficult (if not impossible) to find a really good Mexican food cookbook that contained truly authentic recipes. I'd seen books that purported to offer recipes for 'Mexican' foods, only to discover that they just weren't quite right--example: one had a recipe a for a batter, claiming that flour tortillas are 'Mexican crepes'! When I originally discovered the tome, The Cuisines of Mexico, on the bookshelf of a friend, I became entranced.
Not only did the author of this book go to great lengths and difficulties to research authentic recipes and methods, but she also painstakingly tested and recorded her observations. Something I've noticed over the years is that recipes, like language, often drift from their origins until it is nearly impossible to discern how they used to be made. With this book, you get the best of all worlds--both original recipes/methods, as well as adaptations and suggestions/room for modernizing recipes and techniques.
After reading about how a simple dish of Mexican rice cooked over an open fire tasted and smelled to Ms. Kennedy, I adapted a recipe using fresh (homegrown) tomatoes and peppers--roasted on the barbeque using mesquite chips to give them that nice smoky flavor she found so wonderful--that I cook in my rice cooker. All of my friends (many of which are of Mexican descent) say it is 'the best.' At our town barbeques, it is invariably the first thing gone--and I have a really big rice cooker. Thank you, Ms Kennedy.
All hail Diana!
My wife has been disappointed by prior "Mexican" cook books, written by authors who listed a number of other books they have written on recipies from everywhere else but Mexico. Kennedy if not a cooking equivalent of a "jack of all trades." She lists many other cookbooks she has written---all of them about Mexican cooking. If you want the real thing, this is the perfect book.
While Diana Kennedy does offer a source list for ingredients, I would like to add that the online store Mesa Mexican Foods offers many of the authentic Mexican ingredients needed to make Diana's great dishes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Appearances deceive. I was unimpressed by the looks of this book, but purchased to participate in a cookbook dinner club. Every single recipe we tried was amazing. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Court Melendez
My wife looked thru the book and made me get Mexican food from down the street. Next time I can prepare it at home with this new book.Published on July 9, 2014 by I like reading
This book is not about 'FUSION' anything. Its about the authentic, and traditional cuisines of several different regions of Mexico. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by mike c gonzalez jr
Ms. Kennedy has written a number of books on the subject of Mexican cooking, but we think this is the best - we use it at least twice a week. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Bruce W. Burnham