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The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history--the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years--is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, b The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history--the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years--is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, beans, squash, chocolate and chiles with the Spanish contribution of wheat, rice and meats. The merger resulted in one of the world's most intriguing and least understood cuisines. Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook captures the fascinating culinary heritage of Mexico in one stunning volume. The recipes, prepared by Acapulco-based Susanna Palazuelos, represent a vast selection of authentic Mexican dishes, from all of the states of Mexico. Many of them are unusual regional dishes that have been passed along by word of mouth, such as garlic chicken from Veracruz, and San Luis Potosi's own version of enchiladas. The traditional favorites are here--chiles en nogada, tamales, pozole, tortilla soup--along with some contemporary surprises such as tequila mousse, cilantro soup and lobster crepes. With pine nut sauce. Other well-known Mexican cooks have also contributed their own special recipes to the book. All 250 recipes have been photographed by Ignacio Urquiza, one of Mexico's foremost food and travel photographers. He also provided the scenic photographs, which lead the reader through the regions of Mexico, revealing the markets, the countryside, the way the people live and eat in this varied and beautiful country. Marilyn Tausend's text provides an informative accompaniment to the recipes and photos, exploring Mexico's dramatic history through its food. Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook is the essential cookbook for anyone interested in Mexico and Mexican food.


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The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history--the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years--is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, b The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history--the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years--is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, beans, squash, chocolate and chiles with the Spanish contribution of wheat, rice and meats. The merger resulted in one of the world's most intriguing and least understood cuisines. Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook captures the fascinating culinary heritage of Mexico in one stunning volume. The recipes, prepared by Acapulco-based Susanna Palazuelos, represent a vast selection of authentic Mexican dishes, from all of the states of Mexico. Many of them are unusual regional dishes that have been passed along by word of mouth, such as garlic chicken from Veracruz, and San Luis Potosi's own version of enchiladas. The traditional favorites are here--chiles en nogada, tamales, pozole, tortilla soup--along with some contemporary surprises such as tequila mousse, cilantro soup and lobster crepes. With pine nut sauce. Other well-known Mexican cooks have also contributed their own special recipes to the book. All 250 recipes have been photographed by Ignacio Urquiza, one of Mexico's foremost food and travel photographers. He also provided the scenic photographs, which lead the reader through the regions of Mexico, revealing the markets, the countryside, the way the people live and eat in this varied and beautiful country. Marilyn Tausend's text provides an informative accompaniment to the recipes and photos, exploring Mexico's dramatic history through its food. Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook is the essential cookbook for anyone interested in Mexico and Mexican food.

30 review for Mexico: The Beautiful Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    This book is not only a thing of beauty but a life-saver. Every recipe I've tried from it has been great, and I have feed them to people who really knows about Mexican Cuisine, like my grandmother. But beyond that, the pictures, the way the recipes are organize, the little stories that accompany each section, it truly feels like discovering a little piece of Mexico each time I sit and read through this book looking for something delicious to cook. If you're looking for a great Mexican Cooking boo This book is not only a thing of beauty but a life-saver. Every recipe I've tried from it has been great, and I have feed them to people who really knows about Mexican Cuisine, like my grandmother. But beyond that, the pictures, the way the recipes are organize, the little stories that accompany each section, it truly feels like discovering a little piece of Mexico each time I sit and read through this book looking for something delicious to cook. If you're looking for a great Mexican Cooking book, this is it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bran

    This is the Holy Grail of Mexican Cookbooks! Love, Love, Love it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Eilers

    This is a great cookbook. I have learned so much about creating Mole's. This book has been an invaluable source of great recipes! I own a variety of "the Beautiful Cookbooks" and this one and the Thai one are my two favorites! This is a great cookbook. I have learned so much about creating Mole's. This book has been an invaluable source of great recipes! I own a variety of "the Beautiful Cookbooks" and this one and the Thai one are my two favorites!

  4. 4 out of 5

    S'hi

    Having recently read a number of books by Peter Robb, which include much detail of diet and food preparation among the politics and travel of his stories about Italy and Brazil, I decided it was time to review some of my cookbooks. First, I choose Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook. It contains all the images which arose for me while reading A Death in Brazil, with the warmth of sun in the backdrops, spice in the pots and platters, and the relationships between which the placements of people and scene Having recently read a number of books by Peter Robb, which include much detail of diet and food preparation among the politics and travel of his stories about Italy and Brazil, I decided it was time to review some of my cookbooks. First, I choose Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook. It contains all the images which arose for me while reading A Death in Brazil, with the warmth of sun in the backdrops, spice in the pots and platters, and the relationships between which the placements of people and scenery suggest. This is not a cookbook for the kitchen alone. It is a coffee table book full of images to tantalize and invite your imagination to go places even when your body can’t. But then it has the added advantage of bringing many sensations to the body through the preparations and the sharing of the meals it portrays. That there is something for everyone in any spread of food is illustrated by an image of a crowd a few pages in before even reaching the contents. While two women spring to their feet waving and shooting, with those in the row behind them in various grimaces of engagement, others around the edges smile, frown or look off in distraction or boredom. A feast for the eyes prepares for the feast for all the senses. Laid out as a combination of regions, as well as the usually expected food categories, it is hard not to notice chapters including rice dishes with soups and casseroles, or breads with desserts. This is certainly a journey to awaken curiosity and anticipation. Such awakening begins from the very first page delving into the ancient Aztec influences which persist to today. One influence meeting another still goes on today, and contemporary dishes are included as well as the deep history and social life of this amazing region. While vegetarians may still prefer a book exclusively for their own dietary interests, the chapter on vegetables, salads, beans and sauces provides a ready feast for convincing carnivore friends of broadening their diet in the most positive way. Quoting the ancient Maya leader Huehuetlalli, there is also encouragement to cultivate one’s own crops: Take care of the things of the earth; Do something, cut wood, work the soil, Plant the cactus, plant the maguey. You will have to drink, to eat, to dress. Thus you will stand on your feet, be real, Thus you will stride, Thus they will speak of you, praise you, Thus you will be known. And so we know them here – by sharing their ‘fruits’, walking their pathways and tasting the essence of the life they continue to bring to us today.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is my most beautiful cookbook. It's a coffee table style book with gorgeous pictures from the different regions of Mexico and it's dishes. The recipes are authentic, approachable and which just entice you to get in the kitchen and cook. This is my most beautiful cookbook. It's a coffee table style book with gorgeous pictures from the different regions of Mexico and it's dishes. The recipes are authentic, approachable and which just entice you to get in the kitchen and cook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The best authentic Mexican cookbook. Everything I cook from this book is wonderful. The only Mexican cookbook you need in your library!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alma Tello

    I’ve owned this stunning cookbook since Border’s was still around (I bought it there on sale). The recipes are incredible and very regional and the photos are beautiful. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually read it! I learned so much about Mexican cuisine ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gardavson

    Beautiful pictures in this book. The recipes are easy to do. A lot of them, if you don't want to do each ingredient individually, can be purchased combined at the store. This really cuts down on the work. As much as I appreciate fresh, I also appreciate time savers. The book also reads with many of the words in spanish. Makes you really get in the mood. Beautiful pictures in this book. The recipes are easy to do. A lot of them, if you don't want to do each ingredient individually, can be purchased combined at the store. This really cuts down on the work. As much as I appreciate fresh, I also appreciate time savers. The book also reads with many of the words in spanish. Makes you really get in the mood.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lulu

    I love this cookbook! The recipes are very traditional and really provides an authentic taste of Mexico with the recipes easy to follow and ingredients that are very accessible. Even if you don't cook, it is a beautiful book and be a great coffee table book. Buen provecho! I love this cookbook! The recipes are very traditional and really provides an authentic taste of Mexico with the recipes easy to follow and ingredients that are very accessible. Even if you don't cook, it is a beautiful book and be a great coffee table book. Buen provecho!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    One of the best and most used cookbooks I have

  11. 5 out of 5

    YoSafBridg

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Snyder

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  14. 4 out of 5

    Walter Otto

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul Daly

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

  21. 4 out of 5

    April Yvette

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Goddess in the Stacks)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Crystal (Goddess in the Stacks)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deb

  27. 5 out of 5

    Neil and Kristin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle De Forrest

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael six

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Foster

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