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Food from My Heart: Cuisines of Mexico Remembered and Reimagined Paperback – June 5, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

The author, proprietor of the Zarela restaurant in New York City, promises "a memoir, a guide to Mexican culinary basics, and a personal recipe collection, all interspersed with glimpse-by-glimpse evocations of Mexican life and culture." She keeps the promise. Recipes and techniques are here in abundance, yet the book is truly for those who always wished that culinary introductions, notes and sidelights on appreciation would never end. Martinez delivers both personal reminiscence and cultural insight with the taste and candor of an experienced hostess--a memoir of a family servant nestles up with a fiercely patriotic sidebar on the "Manana Syndrome." Raised among Sonora's ranching aristocracy ("By the time I was 14 I was busting broncos"), she shows how she came to immerse herself in her country's food traditions and--beginning with modest catering projects--soon found herself lionized in New York by the likes of Paul Prudhomme and Craig Claiborne. Her approach is not one of ethnic purity or "authenticity" understood narrowly; she blithely combines traditions from different regions within single recipes, "my own personal process of mestizajesic , synthesis." And, indeed, she attributes the makings of her crab enchilada to a chef for a California restaurant chain.
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From Library Journal

Martinez is the chef/owner of Zarela's, a popular Manhattan restaurant that was one of the first to serve authentic Mexican food rather than the ubiquitous Tex-Mex tacos and burritos. Part memoir, part cultural history, part cookbook, and as heartfelt as its title indicates, this title is full of delicious recipes, both classic regional specialties and her own creations. Although there may be more than enough nostalgic text for some readers, the story of how a young Mexican woman from a traditional family became a famous New York restaurateur is in fact quite absorbing, and along the way Martinez imparts a lot of information about the foods and cuisine of her country. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (June 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028603613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028603612
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is only one of 2 cookbooks that I will ever need. I was looking for a cookbook that was authentic and not watered down. Since I am Mexican/American I am very picky about my Mexican food and this book is the real deal.

It is also the only reliable reference that I have found for making tamales exactly the way they should be made. If you ever wanted to make "real" tamales. Get this book.
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If you love Mexico, it's cuisine, and it's traditions, you will love this book. The recipes are all superb and Zarela's warmth and love of her family, culture, and food, take center stage. This book captured my heart and took me on a nostalgic journey through the foods and holidays of my childhood! It is a pleasure to recommend this book.
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I purchased this book after having checked it out of the library and finding I could not let it go -- paid a heavy fine to the library, too! This book is now the most often used in my kitchen. I love to read the author's childhood memories and the background she sets up for the recipes. The recipes are not too complicated, and I have not tried one that has not been a winner! I understand it is now out of print, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who can aquire it!
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Sitting in the kitchen windowseat near the stove, age 6, I learned to make white sauce by watching my mother prepare chicken a la king. That's how I felt on first reading Food From My Heart. Although Mexican cuisine had been my favorite since grad school (when I was blessed with a Chicana landlady who spoiled me entirely for store-bought tortillas)FFMY provided me a solid grounding in all the basics of la comida. I consider it the only Mexican cookbook anyone really needs.
Just one example of Zarela's basic + creative approach: once you master fresh corn tortillas and creamy, tart-spicy Salsa de Tomatillo con Crema, she sets out Enchiladas de Cangrejo, combining these two with good crabmeat and queso. And you start thinking: this would work with chicken, or lobster, or a veggie mix. It's more than recipes, it's showing you the secret of good cooking: HOW to cook.
Besides all that, even if you don't usually read cookbooks like novels, bet you will have this one on your bedside table a week or two! Just as her dishes combine distinct flavors, to produce a delicious harmony, the book's chapters layer family and national history, food culture and botany with the recipes themselves. The book could not have been better named, and along with the food itself, will find its way to your heart.
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This wonderful cookbook is part history book ( of Zarela Martinez' family and experiences in Mexico) as well as being a great book full of wonderful recipes. These recipes are "authenically Mexican" as opposed to being an Americanized version of Mexican food (which is what you are liable to find here in America.) Her subsequent books on Oaxaca and Veracruz are also worth checking out.
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I borrowed the book to learn more about tamales/ but found myself actually reading the book. Excellent. I now want to own it.
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