- Series: Vegetarian Table
- Hardcover: 156 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; Fifth or Later Edition edition (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811804755
- ISBN-13: 978-0811804752
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vegetarian Table: Mexico Hardcover – March 1, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Mouth-watering color photos enhance the appeal of these 90 recipes, which adapt Mexican cuisine to the vegetarian diet. Wise (American Charcuterie), a former first chef of Chez Panisse, avoids animal ingredients except for eggs and dairy products and replaces lard with the more healthful olive oil, though many of the recipes are not low-fat. Six chapters present salsas and condiments; tortilla cuisine; soups; pasta, rice and beans; salads and vegetables; and sweets. Tradition shares space happily with the innovative: a recipe for fresh tomato salsa leads into one combining jicama and watermelon, and another mixing grapefruit and pumpkin seeds; a classic tortilla soup is followed up by one calling for russet potatoes, cantaloupe, lime, serrano chiles and milk. Frequently calling for traditional ingredients with which many cooks may be unfamiliar, Wise includes a useful glossary of ingredients in this handsome, tempting collection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Victoria Wise was the chef of Northern California's acclaimed Chez Panisse restaurant prior to starting her own charcuterie. A former food columnist with The Los Angeles Times, she is also the author of several cookbooks, including The Well-Filled Tortilla
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That aside, this appears to get to the heart of the Mexican tradition in fine style and good taste (literally).
Be forewarned though, vegetarian doesn't necessarily mean low-fat. If I recall correctly, dairy and cream are used pretty heavily in some dishes for authentic flavor, so it may not be vegan or strictly "vegetarian." One wonders whether coconut cream or other vegetarian cream substitutes might work as well in the recipes, for those wishing to adapt to their own flavor of "vegetarian"... But, as they say, to each their own. This should give a pretty authentic Mexican flavor and cooking style, and sits easily alongside the other entries in the Vegetarian Table series, whicih is quickly growing to become one of my favorites, due to its apparent emphasis on explaining cultural context and tradition as well as giving excellent recipes of varying complexity / difficulty.
I also really do like the layout of the book. It's attractive, inside and out (so long as the dust jacket remains on it; the binding is pretty plain). It includes color pages and some full-page semi-gloss prints of the foods you might be preparing. Though, like other entries in the VT series, it generally fails to LABEL the prints as to which dish is being represented. A minor quibble, as one can usually find the recipe on the adjacent page(s). They really are just eye candy, in the long run (which I enjoyed looking at).
I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone wanting that authentic flavor / cooking style. Check out the others in the series too... Thailand, Japan, Italy, America, etc.
I would emphasize the term "guide" because Wise's book encourages and at times necessitates taking matters into your own hands. The prefatory remarks that frame each recipe prove helpful and engaging. Another Amazon.com viewer faults Wise for including tomato paste and water in a recipe for "Fresh Tomato Salsa." However, the reviewer neglects to mention that both ingredients are marked optional: "a little sugar or tomato paste is included if the tomatoes need sweetening or thickening," and add water "as needed, depending on how juicy the tomatoes are." The book teaches rather than directs. Thankfully so: "Savory Chickpea and Walnut Empanada Filling" proved delicious, though only after I increased the spices (doubling! the cumin) to suit my taste.
Like many cookbooks published by Chronicle, the recipes are heavily inflected by California cuisine. Witness "An Unclassic Tostada" comprised of black beans, Golden Rice, and mango. Or a twist on the Caesar: a salad of romaine with creamy Roquefort dressing and cornmeal chili strips. "Authentic cuisine" simply does not exist anywhere, and Wise keeps this always in mind. The introduction emphasizes the many influences present in Mexican cooking, and each recipe's prefatory remarks nicely contextualize the dish-- reporting on her research and acknowledging elements gleaned from "upscale turista restaurants" and one-man stands in Coyouacan.
The dough for empanadas is mind-blowing: shockingly easy and simple but always a hit at parties. Wise's thoughtful book keeps Mexican food alive and interesting...even when tomatoes aren't at their ideal juiciest.
Gorgeous color photos are large close-ups of beatifully presented dishes and, while this is no low-fat cookbook, Wise uses no lard and has reduced fat in many recipes. She includes a glossary with preparation tips.
For starters, the "fresh tomato salsa" includes tomato paste and water! Other recipes are better, but nothing particularly stands out. Pictures are rare and with all the cheese in these dishes, the food does not qaulify as healthy. Unfortunately, this is not a cookbook that I end up using often.