Foods of the Maya: A Taste of the Yucatán

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Pompano tamales. Shrimp enchiladas. Candied sweet papaya. These are some of the foods whose recipes reside in the pages of Nancy and Jeffrey Gerlach's Foods of the Maya. The authors have spent years traveling throughout Mexico, familiarizing themselves with the cultures and cuisines of the people they have encountered. They created this cookbook to bring the flavors of the Yucat?n to tables north of the border.

In an easy-to-follow format, Foods of the Maya provides handy ...

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Overview

Pompano tamales. Shrimp enchiladas. Candied sweet papaya. These are some of the foods whose recipes reside in the pages of Nancy and Jeffrey Gerlach's Foods of the Maya. The authors have spent years traveling throughout Mexico, familiarizing themselves with the cultures and cuisines of the people they have encountered. They created this cookbook to bring the flavors of the Yucatán to tables north of the border.

In an easy-to-follow format, Foods of the Maya provides handy background and travel information about the region and some of its ruins before dipping into the ninety-one recipes included here, organized according to meal course. There are recipes that will suit most everyone's palate, from sauces and salsas to soups and sausages; from vegetarian and meat appetizers and main dishes to simple drinks and desserts. Each section begins with a brief description of the course and the types of food involved. The recipes are clear and easy to understand—one need not be a trained chef with a vast kitchen to create a tasty Yucatecan meal.

Foods of the Maya incorporates an array of cooking tips and techniques and a brief glossary of terms to help in food preparation—the authors have ensured that ingredients for their recipes are readily available at local food stores. This edition also includes an introduction by historian Jeffrey Pilcher which helps familiarize readers with the history and cultures of the Yucatán peninsula. So the next time you get a hankering for something different, you might consider cooking up a platter of Yucatán ribs or preparing a bowl of chayote pudding. Take a short trip to the Yucatán—without leaving your kitchen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826328762
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,142,167
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Gerlach is a registered dietitian, editor, and writer.

Jeffrey Gerlach is a writer and photographer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction 1
Background Information 2
Travel Basics 8
Travels around the Yucatan 10
Salsas and Seasonings 19
Appetizers 27
Soups and Salads 41
Meats 51
Poultry 61
Fish 73
Vegetables, Fruit, Beans, and Rice 85
Desserts and Drinks 93
Appendix 104
Cooking Tips and Techniques 105
Glossary of Foods 106
Mail-Order Sources 109
Bibliography 110
Index 111
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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Very Authentic Recipes

    The few recipes that I have prepared from this book have been amazing. They are very authentic and the smells in the kitchen brought me back to my childhood in my Grandmother and Mom's kitchen. If you have been to Yucatan, this is the recipe book for you. I cannot recommend it anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

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    my mother is from mayan descendant as well as i am, & we throughly enjoyed this book. i stumbled upon this treasure in the public library, even though my mother is mayan we weren't sure how to do many of the foods that my mother had as a child. i showed the book to her & we loved it so much that we bought it from barnes & noble the next day. get the book its amazing with all the different dishes, i recommend the soups & panuchos.

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