Over thousands of years, Native Americans in what is now Texas passed down their ways of roasting, boiling, steaming, salting, drying, grinding, and blending. From one generation to another, these ancestors of Texas’s Mexican American community lent their culinary skills to combining native and foreign ingredients into the flavor profile of indigenous Texas Mexican cooking today.
Building on what he learned from his own family, Adán Medrano captures this distinctive flavor profile in 100 kitchen-tested recipes, each with step-by-step instructions. Equally as careful with history, he details how hundreds of indigenous tribes in Texas gathered and hunted food, planted gardens, and cooked.
Offering new culinary perspective on well-known dishes such as enchiladas and tamales, Medrano explains the complexities of aromatic chiles and how to develop flavor through technique as much as ingredients. Sharing freely the secrets of lesser-known culinary delights, such as turcos, a sweet pork pastry served as dessert, and posole, giant white corn treated with calcium hydroxide, he illuminates the mouth-watering interconnectedness of culture and cuisine.
The recipes and personal anecdotes shared in Truly Texas Mexican illuminate the role that cuisine plays in identity and community.
|Publisher:||Texas Tech University Press|
|Series:||Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Chef and food writer Adán Medrano holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. Now living in Houston, he grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and in northern Mexico, where he developed his expertise in the flavor profile and techniques of indigenous Texas Mexican food.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I want to recommend this cookbook to both beginner and accomplished cooks. It has 100 recipes!!! from very traditional recipes like 3 variations of tamales, and surprising new items like Red Jalapeño Champagne Cocktail and Chile Ancho Meatballs! Love all the beautiful color pictures of the dishes, each recipe has step by step, very clear instructions. I especially love when he explains the history that shows the origins and background the dishes.
I was disappointed in this book mostly because I was expecting a cookbook with some historical background. What I found was a history book with some recipes. Should have read a sample before buying. If you are interested in learning more about the native Mexicans in Texas this is a good resource.
This is the best cookbook for TRUE MEXICAN FOOD. I have had the pleasure of eating many dishes from it that have been prepared by this family!!! Do yourself a favor and experience what MEXICAN food is and not texmex. Trust me there is a HUGE difference. Thank you, Adan Medrano, for sharing your family's recipes with us!!!