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Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking Hardcover – Apr 19 2011


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470499559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470499559
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All aspiring cookbook authors should read this book. It is very well organized. It is an enjoyable read, with lots of useful information. The author is enthusiastic about the topic, but one doesn't have the sense that his editor said "write like you're enthusiastic about the topic!".

The opening chapter "Basics - Essential Ingredients and Techniques is packed with information, including photos of ingrediants, a chart comparing the characteristics of chiles, and a focus on techniques which are characteristic of Mexican cooking (such as roasting without oil, which was a revelation to me).

Other chapters cover other Mexican sauces: salsas, guacs, adobos, and moles and pipianes (with sample recipes for cooking with these sauces). The last two chapters contain further recipes incorporating sauces from the earlier chapters, and side dishes.

I believe that the book will be most enjoyed by readers who are already comfortable in the kitchen, but the recipes are certainly clear enough for novices.
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By gfl on Jan. 25 2013
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I have been to Mexico several times and love the food. But growing up in Canada I'm pretty ignorant about the proper ingredients and cooking techniques. This was the only mexican cook book that they had in my local library so I checked it out. It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up buying it so that I could take my time and get into it properly. You learn how to make all of the sauces like various adobo and mole, etc. He walks you through the various dried chiles and how long to roast them, so many great salsa and other sauce recipes. His descriptions are detailed enough that I never have any questions about a recipe. And everthing that I've made so far tastes like ideal Mexican food.
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As a devotee of Mexican food and frustrated by "faux" Mexican recipes, this book is a refreshing change. Wish it had a few more complete recipes in it, like Frijoles Charros, but for sauces, salsas, guacamoles, which often form the basis of Mexican cuisine, this book is stellar. Also the step-by-step instructions and photographs are terrific. I've only tried a couple of the sauces and my one negative comment would be to watch the amount of salt in the sauces. If serving more than one sauce, you might want to cut down the amount of salt included in the sauce/salsa/guacamole. However, I have to admit that this is personal taste as we don't use much salt in our meals. This will definitely be one book that will form part of my cookery book collection in Mexico.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dpender on July 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
Very good book - excellent pictures of recipes! I bought this book because I love mexican food and this book did not disappoint. This book doesnt have the dinner in 15 minutes appeal, however if you truly enjoy cooking and entertaining I would recommend.
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By booklover on Sept. 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I open the book, i know it's a book from the hand of a great chef.
Beautiful pictures, very well organized recipes.
I bought many books of mexican cooking, and this one is on top of my list.
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