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Mexican Light: Healthy Cuisine for Today's Cook [Paperback]

Kris Rudolph

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Oct. 1 2006 Great American Cooking (Book 3)
Did you know that Pre-Columbian Mexican cuisine was low in fat and high in fiber and vitamins? Based on corn, squash, tomatoes, beans, and lean meats, the everyday diet of the first Americans was remarkably close to the recommendations for healthy eating we hear about every day. Now for the first time, cooks can use the secrets of the Aztecs in today's kitchen, thanks to Kris Rudolph's thoroughly researched cookbook. And because cooks from both sides of the border will be eager to try these recipes, Rudolph presents the recipes and text in Spanish on facing pages. The book opens with a short introduction outlining the history of Mexican cooking, followed by an overview of healthy eating habits, a description of the most common ingredients, and a useful guide to planning for parties. The fifty recipes cover everything from appetizers to after-dinner refreshers and each includes the number of calories, amounts of total fat and saturated fat, grams of carbohydrates, and amount of fiber. Rudolph suggests low-fat and low-carbohydrate alternatives, as well as ways to vary the spiciness.

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of North Texas; Bilingual edition (Oct. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574412183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574412185
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 25.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,584,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KRIS RUDOLPH is a native of Houston and owner of the restaurant El Buen Cafe in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she lives. She also runs culinary tours and teaches Mexican cooking classes, as well as a workshop called "Salsa and Salsa," which combines dancing and cooking classes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A compendium of fifty delicious recipes Jan. 4 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
"Mexican Light: Healthy Cuisine For Today's Cook" by Kris Rudolph (owner of the El Buen Café in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), is a bi-lingual cookbook that features a compendium of fifty delicious recipes that are presented side-by-side on facing pages with Spanish on the left and English on the right The focus is on pre-Columbian Mexican cuisine that was low in fat and high in fiber and vitamins. Ranging from appetizers to after-dinner refreshers, each palate pleasing, appetite satisfying dish not only includes the ingredients and the preparation instructions, but the number of calories, amounts of total fat and saturated fat, grams of carbohydrates, and amount of fiber. Low-fat and low-carbohydrate alternatives 9as well as ways to vary the degree of spiciness) are also provided. From Chayote and Chile Poblano Soup; Green Salad with Jicama, Manco, and Cucumber; and Chicken with Tomatillo Cilantro Salsa; to Beef in Avocado Salsa; Cauliflower with Spicy Tomatoes; and Amaranth Water, "Mexican Light" is an ideal and highly recommended culinary resource for diet conscious kitchen cooks wanting their friends and family to eat healthy while eating Mexican.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST LIKE IT USED TO BE, MUCH HEALTHIER NOW! April 3 2007
By Marty Martindale - Published on

Healthy Cuisine for Today's Cook

By Kris Rudolph

Rudolph points out in Mexican Light that Pre-Columbian Mexican cuisine was not high in fat and low in fiber. In her book she brings her readers more into line with early cooking and offers her text in Spanish as well as English on opposite pages. Progressing through the book, the author expands on her views, covers basic Mexican ingredients, then goes on to assist with helpful information on the many chiles available to us.

Here are the ingredients in some of Rudolph's well-thought-out recipes designed to be delicious Mexican yet light for our health's sake.

* Roasted Garlic Soup with Spinach and Chicken: includes tomatoes and eggs

* Chicken Vegetable Consomme: contains broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, onion, lime juice and Serrano chiles

* Chunky Pico de Gallo: white onion, tomatoes, Serrano chiles, avocados, cilantro and lime juice.

* Roasted Cactus Salad: Nopales, tomatoes, onion, garlic, chile and lime.

* Green Salad with Jicama, Mango and Cumcumber: She uses toasted, slivered almonds in this salad.

* Vegetable and Goat Cheese Chiles Rellenos: calls for mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, tomato corn and spices.

* Chicken Tinga: onion, garlic, tomato, oregano and chipotle chiles

* Pork Loin with Mango-Chipotle Salsa: roasts these together with green onions, lime juice and cilantro

* Cauliflower with Spicy Tomatoes: garlic, onion, jalapeno pepper, green olives, capers, lime juice and parsley

* Green Beans a la Mexicana: a simple concoction of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes and cilantro

* Vegetable-Stuffed Chayote: onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, cilantro, oregano and Manchego cheese

* Mango Mousse: calls for lime juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, whipping cream and vanilla

Mexican Light ends with Rudolph pulling it all together with some exciting dinner party menus. She also offers suggestions for which items can be prepared early and how early.

Review by Marty Martindale ©2006, Largo FL
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a Mexican cookbook, rather, a healthy eating guide. July 1 2011
By S. Miller - Published on
We accidently walked into Kris' restaurant for lunch a month ago, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. While reviewing the menu we were delighted to see the healthy, lighter fare. While waiting for the chicken salad (which was terrific) we perused a worn copy of her previous healthy eating cookbook which garnered our full attention. It was ripe with terrific, healthy, recipes, each with basic nutritional data for each, plus, alternate ingredients to make it more healthy. A bonus is the Spanish language version for each which is especially helpful when shopping at the local markets. Although we've only just begun to use the book, we find it to be one of our favorites.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book July 4 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars YUM! April 30 2014
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I waited so long on ordering this book but now that I own it I am super happy with it.

It is inn excellent shape, got here when I was expecting it, and I got right to cooking. Best purchase ever :)

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