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Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    Absolutely the Best

    I have purchased so many Mexican cookbooks but this one is the absolute best. Great flavors every time, loads of variety with practical and easy to find ingredients.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

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    a welcome addition to cookbook collection

    Gave Truly Mexican to my Mexican daughter-in-law who was pleased with it. Although she has made many of the items in the book, she felt there were new recipes that she would try. Loved the photos.


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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Beyond What You Know at Your Favorite Restaurant

    TLiving in Northern California I have many options for good, authentic Mexican food. However, reproducing some of the more complicated items at home can be a challenge. With regional variations and a different version of common recipes between each family, molé and other things can be tough to tackle on your own.

    The Truly Mexican cookbook provides a resource to solve this problem. In many ways it seems to reflect a more normal way of preparing these dishes at home. The style and approach is more of an assemblage rather than a more traditional cookbook. In other words, you get recipes for sauces, for meats to go with sauces and a variety of side dishes to combine with your meals as you wish.

    Most home cooks will find this more accurately reflects figuring out what to fix for dinner. Often the though process goes something like this: I have pasta.what shape.okay, left over tomatoes for sauce so then what I want to use the leftover chicken or some beef? In the same way you can tap the layered, fabulous flavors of traditional Mexican cooking and still use what you have on hand. In a hurry, this cookbook can be a bit frustrating. You are unlikely to be able to get a meal on the table in 20 minutes using this book. Be sure to save your explorations for those opportunities when you have a little more time and maybe even have a glass of wine while you're cooking.

    You'll find sauces that clearly originated with Spanish settlers, traditional combinations from New World ingredients specifically from various regions in Mexico. Fortunately, the author provides substitutions if you don't have access to the traditional, local ingredients. One of the side dishes turned out to be our favorite: Zucchini and Corn with Cream. I highly recommend spending some time with this beautiful cookbook.

    Enjoy! Heidi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Amazing book!

    I learned more about Mexican cooking in the first few pages of this book, than I have in the past few years. Everything from ingredients to method is well explained. And the pics are great.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Best Mexican Cookbook!!

    Truly Mexican is a gorgeous, full color Mexican cookbook by chef Roberto Santibanez. The book is designed to be extremely user friendly with no dust jacket (I hate those on cookbooks!), easy to read, color coded charts for fresh and dried chiles, and lots of variations, tips, substitutions, and serving suggestions. It is really stunning too with lots of full page, full color photographs that have you drooling over the recipes. I cooked exclusively out of Truly Mexican for a recent party and it was a big hit. Here are the recipes I made:

    Carnitas -
    These were easy to make, didn't require any hard to find ingredients, and turned out really, really good. They were better than any carnitas I have had in a restaurant and I've tried a lot. This cookbook is worth buying for this recipe alone!!

    Adobo Braised Lamb-
    This was good, but not the best Mexican lamb recipe I've made. It wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked and the lamb was not quite tender enough. I think next time I would marinate the lamb, maybe even cube it, and cook it longer. Still, everyone at the party liked it and there was none leftover.

    Beet Salsa with Habanero-
    Really delicious with a great kick from the habanero. The sweet and spicy make a lovely combination and its very versatile as a salsa or a side dish.

    Jalisco-Style Guajillo Salsa -
    Very quick and easy and this made a nice, smooth salsa for the lamb and carnitas tacos. Lots of strong flavor, this is more of a sauce then a salsa you would eat in large quantities. Still it even made a nice addition for dipping chips to cut the sweetness of some of the other salsas.

    Cucumber Salsa -
    Amazing! Santibanez came up with this pico recipe for times when you want a fresh salsa and don't have good tomatoes. Its so good I may never make pico de gallo again. Fresh, crisp, spicy, and mildly fruity I will make this often.

    Fresh Tomatillo Salsa -
    Nicely tart and acidic with a lower heat level than some of his other salsas. This salsa was good for cutting some of the richness of the main dishes and for cooling off fiery mouths.

    This is the best Mexican cookbook I've found to date. I will reach for it over and over whether I'm doing a simple weeknight meal or cooking for guests.

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