Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Regions of Mexico

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The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history—the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years—is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, beans, squash, chocolate and chiles with the Spanish contribution of wheat, rice and meats. The merger resulted in one of the world's most ...

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The drama of Mexico's tumultuous history—the rise and fall of the Olmec and Maya civilizations, the magnificent Aztec world that greeted Cortes, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, and the turbulent revolutionary years—is vividly reflected in the cuisine of this vast country. Mexican food is history itself, a culinary marriage of native Indian foods such as corn, beans, squash, chocolate and chiles with the Spanish contribution of wheat, rice and meats. The merger resulted in one of the world's most intriguing and least understood cuisines.

Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook captures the fascinating culinary heritage of Mexico in one stunning volume. The recipes, prepared by Acapulco-based Susanna Palazuelos, represent a vast selection of authentic Mexican dishes, from all of the states of Mexico. Many of them are unusual regional dishes that have been passed along by word of mouth, such as garlic chicken from Veracruz, and San Luis Potosi's own version of enchiladas. The traditional favorites are here—chiles en nogada, tamales, pozole, tortilla soup—along with some contemporary surprises such as tequila mousse, cilantro soup and lobster crepes. With pine nut sauce. Other well-known Mexican cooks have also contributed their own special recipes to the book.

All 250 recipes have been photographed by Ignacio Urquiza, one of Mexico's foremost food and travel photographers. He also provided the scenic photographs, which lead the reader through the regions of Mexico, revealing the markets, the countryside, the way the people live and eat in this varied and beautiful country. Marilyn Tausend's text provides an informative accompaniment to the recipes and photos, exploring Mexico's dramatic history through its food.

Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook is the essential cookbook for anyone interested in Mexico and Mexican food.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780002159494
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: Beautiful Cookbook Series
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author

Susanna Palazuelos has earned a reputation over the past two decades as Mexico's premier caterer. She has hosted parties around the world and at her estate in Acapulco, Casa Tres Fuentes. Palazuelos frequently attends culinary festivals in Mexico and abroad, sharing her vast knowledge of Mexican cooking, which includes traditional dishes as well as nouvelle cuisine. She was recently named to the Circulo Mexicano de Arte Culinario, a group honoring the distinguished women chefs of Mexico.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Real Mexican cuisine! (not just tacos and burritos)

    My parents are Mexican, so I know the authentic flavors of Mexican food and this book has them. It's a big book with beautiful pictures for almost every dish! I have had this book for 20 years and it's so nice to be able to keep my Mexican heritage with the easy delicious recipies from this book. It's no wonder Mexican food is one of the top ten in the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    Best Mexican Cookbook

    Just as beautiful and delectable as the cover looks so it the food inside. I recieved the book as a gift from my husband but he enjoys making the dishes. The whole family has really loved evey meal. We all look forward to our meals when Dad pulls out this cookbook. This is a wonderful gift for anyone. Recipes are easy to make and time spent on them is richly and greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    Fantastic

    ¿Mexico, The Beautiful Cookbook¿ not only is a wonderful cookbook filled with authentic recipes, but also a gorgeous coffee table book showing the beautiful country of Mexico. I received this book as a gift for my birthday several years ago. I was very excited as I am very interested in other cultures, languages and food. I was even more thrilled when my husband¿s stepmother (Mexican descent) told me that she hadn¿t seen these recipes since her grandmother made them when she was a little girl! Each recipe is easy-to-follow. There is also a guide in the back describing unusual ingredients. With some thought, you can make suitable substitutions for those ingredients. If not, the book will have you pining to make that jump for a vacation to Mexico! Mexican food lovers will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Look no Further!!!

    I've always searched and searched for a Mexican cookbook that has authentic Mexican recipes, but was never able to find the exact one. Once I purchased this book, my search ended. This book gives you authentic, easy to understand recipes. If you don't buy this book, you're definitely missing out!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    home away from home

    I love this book. I am Mexican but never learned all the recipes I should have when I was still living there...now that I live far away from my country I constantly cook from this book and my Irish husband loves it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Authentic

    If you are looking for a book with authentic recipes, look no further. This cookbook takes me back to my grandma's kitchen and all the dishes she would prepare. This cookbook allows me to recreate the feeling of being back home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    Fantastic cook book

    Any of you who are thinking of buying this book, well I would say go for it. Especially if you are not that fond of the kitchen cus this book with it's beautiful pictures and detailed step by step guide, you will want to step into the kitchen and cook.....

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