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    phaeton Guest

    Default Mexican Cookbook Recommendation, please?

    Hi kids...

    A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!

    Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.

    We have plenty of Hispanic markets here, but very few restaurants (all
    of them mediocre to average at best). I've decided that if I want to
    have the stuff I grew up on out west, I'll have to make it myself or
    marry someone. Marriage frightens me.


    Thanks and birria tanks.

    -J

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    On 1/16/2011 5:15 PM, phaeton wrote:
    > Hi kids...
    >
    > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >
    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    > Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    > ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >
    > We have plenty of Hispanic markets here, but very few restaurants (all
    > of them mediocre to average at best). I've decided that if I want to
    > have the stuff I grew up on out west, I'll have to make it myself or
    > marry someone. Marriage frightens me.
    >
    >
    > Thanks and birria tanks.
    >
    > -J


    I picked up this little cookbook in Terlingua, TX about 12 years ago.
    It's not Tex Mex and has more recipes than just chile rellenos.

    "Take This Chile and Stuff It!" by Karen Hursh Graber, Golden West
    Publishers 1998. ISBN#1-885590-39-3

    It has some nice recipes for side dishes, salads and some of the famous
    Mexican agua frescas (fruit drinks). It's not all encompassing, but
    it's a fun little book.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Hoges in WA Guest

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    On 17/01/2011 7:15 AM, phaeton wrote:
    > Hi kids...
    >
    > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >
    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    > Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    > ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >
    > We have plenty of Hispanic markets here, but very few restaurants (all
    > of them mediocre to average at best). I've decided that if I want to
    > have the stuff I grew up on out west, I'll have to make it myself or
    > marry someone. Marriage frightens me.
    >
    >
    > Thanks and birria tanks.
    >
    > -J


    My best is one of my coffee-table cookbooks, Mexico, The Beautiful
    Cookbook.

    Recipes by Susanna Palazuelos, text by Maryilyn Tausend, photographs by
    Ignacio Urquiza.

    Goes around Mexico by region. Good enough to pore over without cooking
    a single thing - photos are stunning.
    Hoges in WA


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    Christine Dabney Guest

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    On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:42:29 +0800, Hoges in WA
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 17/01/2011 7:15 AM, phaeton wrote:
    >> Hi kids...
    >>
    >> A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    >> cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    >> they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >>
    >> Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    >> Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    >> ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >>
    >> We have plenty of Hispanic markets here, but very few restaurants (all
    >> of them mediocre to average at best). I've decided that if I want to
    >> have the stuff I grew up on out west, I'll have to make it myself or
    >> marry someone. Marriage frightens me.
    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks and birria tanks.
    >>
    >> -J


    I missed this original post...

    Get Diana Kennedy's books. They might be what you are looking for.
    Aside from that, try Rick Bayless, especially his first book,
    Authentic Mexican. But Diana Kennedy is considered the doyenne of
    Mexican food...bar none.

    Christine
    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-01-16, phaeton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!


    Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?

    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?


    Having once been so surrounded by Mexican food, I didn't often make an
    effort to cook it, except for a few things I particularly like. While
    I have "issues" with Rich Bayless, I will admit he knows the cuisine.
    The only problem is prying the information out of the..... never mind.
    I've made his mole' and it's awesome. Check out a book from the
    library. I'm not familiar with Diana Kennedy, but she seems to have
    many fans. Again, check the library.

    Here's one of my favorite ladies and she has a website with many
    recipes. She did a Famous Chefs episode with Julia Child and I've
    been a fan ever since.

    http://www.zarela.com/

    nb


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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Mexican Cookbook Recommendation, please?

    On Jan 16, 3:15*pm, phaeton <blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Hi kids...
    >
    > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. *I bought both books and
    > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >
    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    > Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. *History and background on the
    > ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >


    Don't laugh, but I'd start with the Sunset Mexican cookbook. Price/
    performance it can't be beat. It has recipes for cochinita pibil, poc
    chuc, and zarzuela, as well as guacamole and chiles rellenos, etc.
    Many color photos show you what the dishes are supposed to look like.

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2011-01-16, phaeton <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    >> cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    >> they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!

    >
    > Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?
    >
    >> Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?

    >
    > Having once been so surrounded by Mexican food, I didn't often make an
    > effort to cook it, except for a few things I particularly like. While
    > I have "issues" with Rich Bayless, I will admit he knows the cuisine.
    > The only problem is prying the information out of the..... never mind.
    > I've made his mole' and it's awesome. Check out a book from the
    > library. I'm not familiar with Diana Kennedy, but she seems to have
    > many fans. Again, check the library.
    >
    > Here's one of my favorite ladies and she has a website with many
    > recipes. She did a Famous Chefs episode with Julia Child and I've
    > been a fan ever since.
    >
    > http://www.zarela.com/


    I have a cookbook by Rick Bayless. It's good. I just find him annoying and
    not sure why.



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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-01-17, Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have a cookbook by Rick Bayless. It's good. I just find him annoying and
    > not sure why.


    On his tv show, One Plate At a Time, he talks in an affected
    condescending manner, like all the viewers just stepped off the short
    bus. I've heard him interviewed over the phone, where he spoke like a
    normal human being, not an insufferable bore.

    nb

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    phaeton Guest

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    On Jan 17, 9:15*am, notbob <not...@notbob.invalid> wrote:
    > On 2011-01-16, phaeton <blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. *I bought both books and
    > > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!

    >
    > Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?
    >


    Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art (Shizuo Tsuji), and Joy of Japanese
    Cooking (Kuwako Takahashi). The latter being your suggestion, notbob,
    So thanks for that.

    I took a quick browse at a couple of bookstores in the area (new and
    used) of mexican cookbooks prior to posting this thread, but to be
    honest, a lot of them looked as though they were aimed at white people
    who want to throw margarita parties for other white people. I saw
    lots of stereotypical tex-mex stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love tex-
    mex also, but that stuff is easy :P

    I only saw one book that was mildly interesting. It had a generic
    title like "Mexican Cooking" or such, but when you open it it was in
    Spanish on the left page and English on the right page, and the book
    was printed in Mexico. Hard to tell if that was a gimmick or not.

    So what's the deal with Rick Bayless? Great recipes but nobody can
    stand the guy? lol

    Thanks

    -J



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    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: Mexican Cookbook Recommendation, please?

    On Jan 17, 8:54*am, phaeton <blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > On Jan 17, 9:15*am, notbob <not...@notbob.invalid> wrote:
    >
    > > On 2011-01-16, phaeton <blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >
    > > > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > > > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. *I bought both books and
    > > > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!

    >
    > > Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?

    >
    > Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art (Shizuo Tsuji), and Joy of Japanese
    > Cooking (Kuwako Takahashi). *The latter being your suggestion, notbob,
    > So thanks for that.
    >
    > I took a quick browse at a couple of bookstores in the area (new and
    > used) of mexican cookbooks prior to posting this thread, but to be
    > honest, a lot of them looked as though they were aimed at white people
    > who want to throw margarita parties for other white people. *I saw
    > lots of stereotypical tex-mex stuff. *Don't get me wrong, I love tex-
    > mex also, but that stuff is easy :P
    >


    Yes the cookbooks are aimed at Anglos: that's why they're written in
    English. But my tlocal aqueria doesn't offer Huachinango a la
    Veracruzana; that's why I use the Sunset cookbook recipe.

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    Andy Guest

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    phaeton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?



    Mexican weather report: Chili today, hot tamale!

    Andrés

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    Nad R Guest

    Default Re: Mexican Cookbook Recommendation, please?

    notbob <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 2011-01-17, Julie Bove <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I have a cookbook by Rick Bayless. It's good. I just find him annoying and
    >> not sure why.

    >
    > On his tv show, One Plate At a Time, he talks in an affected
    > condescending manner, like all the viewers just stepped off the short
    > bus. I've heard him interviewed over the phone, where he spoke like a
    > normal human being, not an insufferable bore.
    >
    > nb


    I have Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen book, it is the only Mexican cook
    book I have. seems to be ok. However, I loved the show last year, not for
    food, I just thought his daughter was great looking.

    Sometimes I have watched Marcela Valladolid show on the food network. I
    have thought about her book but not have purchased it.
    http://www.chefmarcela.com/book.php

    --
    Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)

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    phaeton Guest

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    Thanks for the recommendation of Diana Kennedy's books... which one is
    a good place to start?

    -J

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    On 1/17/2011 10:20 AM, spamtrap1888 wrote:
    > On Jan 16, 3:15 pm, phaeton<blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> Hi kids...
    >>
    >> A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    >> cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    >> they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >>
    >> Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    >> Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    >> ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >>

    >
    > Don't laugh, but I'd start with the Sunset Mexican cookbook. Price/
    > performance it can't be beat. It has recipes for cochinita pibil, poc
    > chuc, and zarzuela, as well as guacamole and chiles rellenos, etc.
    > Many color photos show you what the dishes are supposed to look like.


    I, for one, would never laugh about a Sunset cookbook. Some of the best
    cookbooks I've owned were published by Sunset.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    notbob Guest

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    On 2011-01-17, Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I, for one, would never laugh about a Sunset cookbook. Some of the best
    > cookbooks I've owned were published by Sunset.


    Agreed! Sunset was doing the test kitchen thing long before Chris
    Kimball was..... well, when was he born? That dirtbag has apparently
    begun suppressing all bio info about himself. What IS that twerp
    hidding?

    nb

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    Victor Sack Guest

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    phaeton <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?


    _Food from My Heart_ by Zarela Martínez.

    Victor

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    Gorio Guest

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    'Julie Bove[_2_ Wrote:
    > ;1572441']"notbob" [email protected]d wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..-
    > On 2011-01-16, phaeton [email protected] wrote:
    > -
    > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!-
    >
    > Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?
    > -
    > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?-
    >
    > Having once been so surrounded by Mexican food, I didn't often make an
    > effort to cook it, except for a few things I particularly like. While
    > I have "issues" with Rich Bayless, I will admit he knows the cuisine.
    > The only problem is prying the information out of the..... never mind.
    > I've made his mole' and it's awesome. Check out a book from the
    > library. I'm not familiar with Diana Kennedy, but she seems to have
    > many fans. Again, check the library.
    >
    > Here's one of my favorite ladies and she has a website with many
    > recipes. She did a Famous Chefs episode with Julia Child and I've
    > been a fan ever since.
    >
    > 'Zarela | For Lovers of Mexican Food & Culture'
    > (http://www.zarela.com/)-
    >
    > I have a cookbook by Rick Bayless. It's good. I just find him annoying
    > and
    > not sure why.


    Rick's got a nice feel for the cuisine and tends to be a gringo friendly
    chef. Still, I alwys feel he has a bit of a northern Mexican influence
    when I see him cook stuff on TV.

    I ain't hatin' on Sunset.

    I find nice recipes on the WWW. Do you read Spanish, Phaeton?




    --
    Gorio

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4d34890a$0$26945$c3e8da3$[email protected] eb.com...
    > On 1/17/2011 10:20 AM, spamtrap1888 wrote:
    >> On Jan 16, 3:15 pm, phaeton<blahbleh...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>> Hi kids...
    >>>
    >>> A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    >>> cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. I bought both books and
    >>> they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?
    >>> Not tex-mex stuff, but the real thing. History and background on the
    >>> ingredients, dishes and methods is a plus.
    >>>

    >>
    >> Don't laugh, but I'd start with the Sunset Mexican cookbook. Price/
    >> performance it can't be beat. It has recipes for cochinita pibil, poc
    >> chuc, and zarzuela, as well as guacamole and chiles rellenos, etc.
    >> Many color photos show you what the dishes are supposed to look like.

    >
    > I, for one, would never laugh about a Sunset cookbook. Some of the best
    > cookbooks I've owned were published by Sunset.


    I've had a few over the years.



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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 2011-01-17, Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I, for one, would never laugh about a Sunset cookbook. Some of the best
    >> cookbooks I've owned were published by Sunset.

    >
    > Agreed! Sunset was doing the test kitchen thing long before Chris
    > Kimball was..... well, when was he born? That dirtbag has apparently
    > begun suppressing all bio info about himself. What IS that twerp
    > hidding?


    My daughter refers to him as that guy who eats all the time. Because that
    seems to be all that he does. Once in a while he will stir or whisk
    something.



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    phaeton Guest

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    On Jan 17, 7:24*pm, Gorio <Gorio.77ab7e8.131...@foodbanter.com> wrote:
    > 'Julie Bove[_2_ Wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > ;1572441']"notbob" not...@notbob.invalid wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]..-
    > > On 2011-01-16, phaeton blahbleh...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > > -
    > > A couple of years ago I asked for a recommendation for Japanese
    > > cookbook(s) and got two great suggestions. *I bought both books and
    > > they were exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!-

    >
    > > Just out of curiosity, what are the titles?
    > > -
    > > Does anyone have any recommendations for books about Mexican cooking?-

    >
    > > Having once been so surrounded by Mexican food, I didn't often make an
    > > effort to cook it, except for a few things I particularly like. *While
    > > I have "issues" with Rich Bayless, I will admit he knows the cuisine.
    > > The only problem is prying the information out of the..... never mind.
    > > I've made his mole' and it's awesome. *Check out a book from the
    > > library. *I'm not familiar with Diana Kennedy, but she seems to have
    > > many fans. *Again, check the library.

    >
    > > Here's one of my favorite ladies and she has a website with many
    > > recipes. *She did a Famous Chefs episode with Julia Child and I've
    > > been a fan ever since.

    >
    > > 'Zarela | For Lovers of Mexican Food & Culture'
    > > (http://www.zarela.com/)-

    >
    > > I have a cookbook by Rick Bayless. *It's good. *I just find him annoying
    > > and
    > > not sure why.

    >
    > Rick's got a nice feel for the cuisine and tends to be a gringo friendly
    > chef. Still, I alwys feel he has a bit of a northern Mexican influence
    > when I see him cook stuff on TV.
    >
    > I ain't hatin' on Sunset.
    >
    > I find nice recipes on the WWW. Do you read Spanish, Phaeton?
    >
    > --
    > Gorio


    I can read some. Probably not enough to work through a recipe without
    hitting a translation website for some words.

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