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The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico

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Now more than ever, Southwestern food is a hugely popular trend. As ingredients are becoming more readily available to at-home cooks, there is a great demand for simple, delicious, and authentic recipes that bring Mexican and Southwestern food to our own tables.

In their James Beard Book Award-winning cookbook, authors Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison combine the best of Mexican and Southwest cooking, bringing together this large region’s Native American, Spanish, Mexican,...

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Overview

Now more than ever, Southwestern food is a hugely popular trend. As ingredients are becoming more readily available to at-home cooks, there is a great demand for simple, delicious, and authentic recipes that bring Mexican and Southwestern food to our own tables.

In their James Beard Book Award-winning cookbook, authors Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison combine the best of Mexican and Southwest cooking, bringing together this large region’s Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo culinary roots into one big, exuberant book—The Border Cookbook. In over 300 recipes they explore the common elements and regional differences of border cooking. They offer classic and new recipes that typify cuisines known as Tex-Mex, New Mexican, Sonoran, Cal-Mex, traditional Mexican, Gulf cuisine, and Native American; and their easy-to-follow recipes are suitable for every meal, every day of the week.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Cheryl and Bill Jamison make everyday home cooking an exciting adventure. The scents and flavors of authentic border dishes practically jump off the pages of this fine, big book. An outstanding achievement."—Dean Fearing, author of Dean Fearing's Southwest Cuisine

"Brimming with historical vignettes, tantalizing recipes, and poignant anecdotes."—Barbara Pool Fenzl, author of Southwest the Beautiful Cookbook

"The Jamisons have captured the rustic flavors of authentic border dishes found only at family tables and culinary pit stops along the border."—Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, author of California Rancho Cooking

"The Jamisons write with a no-holds-barred enthusiasm about border cooking. I know, from experience, that their food tastes exhuberant, but knowing the food's story makes it that much better."—Deborah Madison, author of The Greens Cookbook

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors of Texas Home Cooking and Smoke and Spice turn their assiduous attention to border food (called norteo in Spanish) which, served from Northern Mexico through the American Southwest, uniquely fuses Native American, Spanish and Western settlers' fare. The introduction points to norteo's distinctive characteristicsincluding large wheat tortillas, flame-cooked beef and the generous use of cheesesand discusses culinary offshoots like Tex-Mex, Sonoran and New Mexican cuisines. The 300 recipes drawing from all of these traditions are arranged by primary ingredient rather than by style (e.g., cheese enchiladas are found in the chapter about cheese; beef enchiladas appear in ``Ranch-Country Beef''). Appetizers and accompaniments include regional salsas and the secrets behind perfect guacamole and refried beans. Meat and seafood dishes comprise the bulk of the recipes, from Red Caldwell's South Texas Fajitas to Pinata Pollo, chicken breasts ``stuffed with treats,'' including chorizo, jalapeo and goat cheese. Sidebars detail the history and cultures from which recipes originated; further information about ingredients like nopales (cactus pads) and chiltepins (pea-sized hot chiles) is listed in a glossary. This Bible of border cuisine is as accessible as it is thorough. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The prolific authors of Smoke and Spice LJ 4/15/94 and Texas Home Cooking LJ 11/15/93, among other titles, now explore another aspect of the cooking of their favorite region. Here are the hearty, flavorful dishes prepared by home cooks on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, from Texas to Southern California and down into northern Mexico. There are recipes as traditional as posole and newer ones, too, such as fajitas the way they were meant to be, not the versions often served up as Tex-Mex cuisine. Many recipes include different regional variations, and lengthy sidebars provide the culinary and cultural context. Recommended for most collections. [HomeStyle Bks. selection.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558321038
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 277,474
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Authors of fifteen cookbook and travel guides, Cheryl and Bill Jamison write with passion and wit about barbecue, American home cooking, the food and culture of the Southwest, and tropical beach travel. Considered leading authorities on each of these topics, the Jamisons are among the nation's most-lauded culinary professionals, with honors that include four James Beard Awards, an IACP award, and numerous other awards. Bon Appétit has pronounced the Jamisons “the king and queen of grilling and smoking.” They are the authors of many books, including the best-selling Smoke & Spice , which has sold over one million copies, and The Border Cookbook . When not busy researching, developing recipes, or writing, the Jamisons are frequent guest instructors at many prestigious cooking schools, including Les Gourmettes in Phoenix and Central Market's five Texas locations.


Cheryl is a guest instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, teaching traditional and contemporary Southwestern and Mexican cooking. She is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Foods, and past president of Friends of the Santa Fe Area Farmers' Market and the Northern New Mexico chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier.


Bill grew up in Texas, understanding from birth that smoked brisket was the food of gods. Cheryl grew up in rural Illinois, where 'barbecue' was a Sloppy Joe, so she had some catching up to do. For two decades they have lived in Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe, in a converted adobe dairy barn shaded by fruit trees.

Authors of fifteen cookbook and travel guides, Cheryl and Bill Jamison write with passion and wit about barbecue, American home cooking, the food and culture of the Southwest, and tropical beach travel. Considered leading authorities on each of these topics, the Jamisons are among the nation's most-lauded culinary professionals, with honors that include four James Beard Awards, an IACP award, and numerous other awards. Bon Appétit has pronounced the Jamisons “the king and queen of grilling and smoking.” They are the authors of many books, including the best-selling Smoke & Spice, which has sold over one million copies, and The Border Cookbook. When not busy researching, developing recipes, or writing, the Jamisons are frequent guest instructors at many prestigious cooking schools, including Les Gourmettes in Phoenix and Central Market's five Texas locations.

Cheryl is a guest instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, teaching traditional and contemporary Southwestern and Mexican cooking. She is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Foods, and past president of Friends of the Santa Fe Area Farmers' Market and the Northern New Mexico chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Bill grew up in Texas, understanding from birth that smoked brisket was the food of gods. Cheryl grew up in rural Illinois, where 'barbecue' was a Sloppy Joe, so she had some catching up to do. For two decades they have lived in Tesuque, New Mexico, just outside of Santa Fe, in a converted adobe dairy barn shaded by fruit trees.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mark Miller

The Moveable Feast
Border Basics: Ingredients, Preparation Techniques, and Equipment
Burritos, Enchiladas, Racos, and Other Common Dishes

The Recipes
Salsa, Sauces, and Savory Condiments
Breakfast Bounty
Soups and Salads
Cheese Courses for All Occasions
Ranch-Country Beef
Pork, Cabrito, Lamb, and Game
The Simple Pleasures of Poultry
Fish and Seafood
Versatile Vegetables
Beans, Rice, and Breads
Cross-Cultural Desserts
Beverages and Botanas

Mail-Order Sources
Acknowledgements
People, Places, and Products Index
Recipe Index

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