Mexico

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico

By Diana Kennedy

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More than 300 authentic recipes are grouped by food category (tamales, salads, seafood, sweet yeast breads, etc.). Chapter introductions share the author's travel stories. Uses exotic ingredients such as pigs' feet, nopoles (cactus paddles) and cuiclacoche (corn fungus), to create the real deal of Mexican cooking. Some recipes will be challenging, and
others, such as Chiles Con Queso (chiles with cheese) and angel hair pasta with tomato broth, will be easy, comforting, and tasty.

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Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico

By Susana Trilling

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Bounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies the state of Oaxaca. Susan Trilling, a New York restaurant owner and caterer, delves into the cuisine of the region that became her adopted home. The culinary traditions do share some Spanish roots with other Latin cuisine, but much of its savor comes from the age-old traditions of the native people. The book's chapters are arranged by region and offer delights such as Chiled Chicken Wrapped in Herbs and Banana Leaves and Layered Mango Pudding. Many vegetarian and seafood recipes are included.
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Real Mexican Food for People with Diabetes

By Doris Cross

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More than 150 recipes geared to a diabetic's needs that still maintain a lot of authentic taste. Enjoy Fiesta Tortilla Corn Chowder, Blackened Chicken Enchiladas, and Southwest Corn Fritters.
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Like Water for Chocolate

By Laura Esquivel

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A #1 bestseller in Mexico in 1990, this charming, imaginative, and just plain fun novel of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico includes unique recipes at the beginning of each chapter for a variety of traditional dishes.

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From My Mexican Kitchen: Techniques and Ingredients

By Diana Kennedy

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Diana Kennedy is considered by many to be the Julia Child of Mexican cuisine. In this fully illustrated guide, the world-renowned authority on Mexican cuisines returns with an encyclopedic exploration of the foods and cooking traditions she introduced in The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. An entire chapter is devoted to the different kinds of chiles and another on the different types of beans. The first half of the book concerns ingredients while the second half is devoted to technique. Includes step-by-step photographs.

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Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

By Rick Bayless

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Excellent margin notes for the cook make this one a standout. Example: Simmering Fish Broth: Unlike other broths, fish broth gets bitter and strong if simmered more than 20 or 25 minutes. Who knew?

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A Cook's Tour of Mexico: Authentic Recipes from the Country's Best Open-Air Markets, City Fondas, and Home Kitchens

By Nancy Zaslavsky

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Nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award, "A Cook's Tour Of Mexico" includes more than extraordinary, flavorful recipes gathered from the kitchens of country farmers, village bakers, market vendors, and home cooks. The resulting effort is a collection of tantalizing, authentic recipes assembled in a coast-to-coast culinary tour of Mexico.

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A War of Witches: A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs

By Timothy J. Knab

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Anthropologist Knab's highly personal and compelling narrative on the magico-religious belief system of contemporary Aztecs has the excitement of a mystery novel yet is interspersed with rich ethnographic detail on Aztec cosmology, magic, and ritual. Through his fieldwork with two Mexican curanderos (healers/witches) Knab uncovers the survival of ancient Aztec religious beliefs and practices thought to have been long wiped out by colonial conquest and Catholicism. Caught between the worlds of academia and Aztec witchcraft, Knab recounts how he found himself subject to his informants' magical devices and began the journey to recover his tonal (soul). Knab's experience challenges traditional assumptions about ethical involvement on the part of the researcher and blurs the boundaries between informant and researcher, science and magic, and healing and murder. This book will appeal not only to anthropologists and students of Aztec religion but to anyone interested in reading a captivating real-life mystery.” (Library Journal)

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Rick Bayless’ Mexican Everyday

I love the rich, warm flavors of Mexican food, but trying to create anything more than a simple, kid-pleasing taco or Sundays at Moosewood’s tortilla casserole (a family favorite) has left me uncertain as to how to begin.

The Halloween Tree

By Ray Bradbury

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Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud teaches a group of boys the history of Halloween while they desperately search for their missing friend on a Halloween filled with magic and suspense.

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