Food from My Heart: Cuisines of Mexico Remembered and Reimagined / Edition 1

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Lavish Praise for Food from My Heart "There's as much for the serious reader in Zarela Martínez's book Food From My Heart as for the serious cook. Martínez's memoirs of growing up in Mexico…make great armchair reading…" —Los Angeles Times "Restaurateur Zarela Martínez does double duty in Food From My Heart, writing brilliantly about people and culture while demonstrating how to make quite fabulous dishes." —Cosmopolitan "Zarela Martínez is an absolute genius with flavors and this book is a great guide to her talent. I count it as one of the most interesting and invaluable additions to my library, which dates almost forty years." —Craig Claiborne Food and life are inseparable in Mexico—not just eating to live but eating to celebrate, to come together, to worship God and spirit. In Food From My Heart, Zarela Martínez describes the connection between Mexican culture and Mexican food—a collision of Old and New World ingredients, and the culinary influences of a constantly shifting ethnic mosaic. Through the telling of her own story, Martínez reveals the inextricable bond that exists between food and religion and the way Mexicans mark birth, death, marriage, and the daily business of living. Drawing upon the influences of friends, family, and traditional foods from many regions in Mexico, Martínez has created her own personal style of cooking: imaginative and highly flavorful, easy to prepare, and evocative of the classic Mexican cooking upon which it is based. It is all brought together—the traditional and the new—in the form of memoir, stories, and more than 175 recipes to create this unique cookbook.

Successful restaurateur Martinez describes the diverse influences that have shaped her unique style of cooking, including her mother's home cooking and the regional Mexican cuisines she has encountered in her travels. Featuring more than 175 recipes, this warm and informative cookbook will be a welcome addition to any kitchen. 2-color interior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028603612
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/19/1995
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Sonora, Mexico, Zarela Martínez has lived in Guadalajara and El Paso. She has owned her critically acclaimed restaurant, Zarela, since 1987. She lives in New York City, where she is working on her second book.

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Table of Contents


Foreword (Budd Schulberg).


What You Must Know to Cook With Us: Ingredients and Techniques.

My Roots: El Rancho (The Ranch).

Guadalajara: Learning Opportunities.

Experiments and Surprises.

What You Must Know to Understand Us: Mexican Religion and Culture.

New Horizons: Regional Explorations.



Mail-Order Sources.

Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading.


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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Excellent book !

    Besides being filled with step by step instructions on how to prepare authentic Mexican dishes, Zarela gives you a very detailed description of many of Mexico's regions and customs.
    She takes you visiting at her father's ranch. Where you get to meet many of the people who worked at the ranch. Here is a quote from the "Los Angeles Times":
    "There's as much for the serious reader in Zarela's Martinez's book Food From My Heart as for the serious cook. Martinez's memoirs of growing up in Mexico...make great armchair reading..."

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