Chef Deborah MacDonald Schneider
At this point I'm pretty sure I was Mexican in a past life. I'm inspired by the laid-back surf culture of Baja California, only 20 miles from my front door, and my many travels deep into Mexico. So far, I've written 6 Mexican cookbooks. I currently indulge my passion for Mexican food as muse and Executive Chef for SOL Mexican Cocina in Newport Beach, Scottsdale Arizona, Playa Vista CA and Denver's Cherry Creek.
A new concept, solita Tacos & Margaritas, has joined the family, with locations in California in Huntington Beach and Valencia. At solita I get to play with an oak-fired santa-maria grill and iron smoker, inspired by the cowboy cooking of Northern Mexico.
If you like to watch and cook along, check out my two full-length cooking series on Craftsy.com: Mexican Street Food and Mexican Comfort Food.
When not at the restaurant, I can be found in San Diego, Tijuana or Tecate, haunting taco stands and markets, or cooking up a storm at home.I've been a working chef for 30 years and I still love to travel, cook and learn. What a wonderful adventure!
SALSAS & MOLES (2015)
As my Mexican friends say, the salsa IS the meal! All my most delicious and essential recipes for all kinds of salsas, both familiar and inspiring. There are salsas for dipping, mind-blowing hot sauces, enchilada sauces, chunky salsas and of course I will walk you through every step of making phenomenal moles, the queen of salsas!
THE MEXICAN SLOW COOKER (2012) is my latest, and you'll love it! Imagine, great-tasting traditional Mexican food (think rich moles, juicy tacos, savory tamales, homey soups and delicious stews) cooked in your favorite time-saving tool - the slow cooker.
¡BAJA! COOKING ON THE EDGE (Rodale,2006) introduces you to the foods and wines of Baja California. This gorgeous book, with photos by Maren Caruso, won numerous accolades, such as inclusion in Food & Wine Magazine's Best of the Best of 2006.
COOKING WITH THE SEASONS AT RANCHO LA PUERTA (Stewart,Tabori & Chang, 2008) was co-authored with Deborah Szekely, founder of the legendary fitness resort, and was nominated for a James Beard Award.
If you're ready for that cocktail now, AMOR Y TACOS is a great party book, full of inpired fresh-fruit tequila drinks, tasty antojitos and fun, simple tacos with a modern twist. Photos by the amazing Sara Remington take you to the fun side of the border.
I also co-authored WILLIAMS SONOMA'S ESSENTIALS OF LATIN COOKING (April 2010.)
MEXICO ONE BITE AT A TIME! http://1000tacos.com/
DEB ON FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/ChefDeborahSchneider
CHECK OUT SOL COCINA http://www.solcocina.com/
LEARN TO COOK IT 1000tacos.com tv coming soon
ALL THAT, BACK THEN
My professional background is heavy on BIG jobs, including 3 seasons with Premier Foods at Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track, where I oversaw dining for thousands at the annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Meet. I opened the popular Jsix/Jbar in downtown San Diego. I spent 6 years as Executive Chef of the four-star Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Other stops in my career include the venerable Grant Grill of San Diego's U.S. Grant Hotel, local Zagat favorite Dobson's Restaurant and La Gran Tapa, all in San Diego. I write food features for print media (remember them?) and I love to teach cooking classes for craftsy.com
I received my CEC ranking (Certified Executive Chef) in 2001 from the American Culinary Federation, recognizing over 20 years of professional cooking and other accomplishments.
Before I stared cooking professionally, I was Executive Editor of a specialty publishing house in Toronto where I designed magazines, wrote and edited copy, and oversaw production of souvenir books for clients as diverse as the Toronto Blue Jays, Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Shakespearean Festival and Winnipeg Jets hockey team.
In the early 1980's I spent 8 months on a BMW motorcycle touring France, Spain, the Canary Islands, North Africa, Italy and Greece. While living in Athens, I spent a year working as chef on a succession of luxurious charter yachts. I later worked as a yacht chef in Florida and the Caribbean before switching coasts and settling in San Diego in 1983. I reside in Pacific Beach, California with my husband Barry,a surfing animal and an omnivorous and uncomplaining diner. Both my kids can cook - my proudest accomplishment.