Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

by David Sterling


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Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling

Winner, James Beard Foundation Best Cookbook of the Year Award, 2015
James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook Award, 2015
The Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of the Year, 2015

The Yucatán Peninsula is home to one of the world's great regional cuisines. With a foundation of native Maya dishes made from fresh local ingredients, it shares much of the same pantry of ingredients and many culinary practices with the rest of Mexico. Yet, due to its isolated peninsular location, it was also in a unique position to absorb the foods and flavors of such far-flung regions as Spain and Portugal, France, Holland, Lebanon and the Levant, Cuba and the Caribbean, and Africa. In recent years, gourmet magazines and celebrity chefs have popularized certain Yucatecan dishes and ingredients, such as Sopa de lima and achiote, and global gastronomes have made the pilgrimage to Yucatán to tantalize their taste buds with smoky pit barbecues, citrus-based pickles, and fiery chiles. But until now, the full depth and richness of this cuisine has remained little understood beyond Yucatán's borders.

An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling takes you on a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook, Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition. Presenting the food in the places where it's savored, Sterling begins in jungle towns where Mayas concoct age-old recipes with a few simple ingredients they grow themselves. He travels over a thousand miles along the broad Yucatán coast to sample a bounty of seafood; shares "the people's food"at bakeries, chicharronerías, street vendors, home restaurants, and cantinas; and highlights the cooking of the peninsula's three largest cities—Campeche, Mérida, and Valladolid—as well as a variety of pueblos noted for signature dishes. Throughout the journey, Sterling serves up over 275 authentic, thoroughly tested recipes that will appeal to both novice and professional cooks. He also discusses pantry staples and basic cooking techniques and offers substitutions for local ingredients that may be hard to find elsewhere. Profusely illustrated and spiced with lively stories of the region's people and places, Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition is the long-awaited definitive work on this distinctive cuisine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292735811
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Series: The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 548,239
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

David Sterling is founder, proprietor, chef de cuisine, and teacher at Los Dos Cooking School, the first culinary institute in Mexico devoted exclusively to Yucatecan cooking. His work at Los Dos has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show (“Martha in Mexico”) and Mexico: One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless. He’s also been acclaimed by the New York Times, the New Yorker, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, Globe & Mail, ELLE, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, and Frommer’s.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • How to Use This Book
  • Introduction: ¡Explora Yucatán!
  • Part One: The Yucatecan Market
  • Overview
  • Index to Ingredients
  • Part Two: The Maya Heartland
  • A Natural Continuum
  • The Monte
  • The Milpa
  • The Solar
  • Part Three: Fertile Shores
  • Celestún
  • Sisal
  • Progreso
  • San Crisanto
  • San Felipe
  • Tulum
  • Punta Allen
  • Part Four: The People's Food
  • La Panadería
  • La Chicharronería
  • Comida Callejera
  • La Cocina Económica
  • La Cantina and el Restaurante Familiar
  • Part Five: The Urban Matrix
  • Empire Building
  • Campeche
  • Mérida
  • Valladolid
  • Part Six: The Pueblos
  • Felipe Carrillo Puerto: Nectar of the Gods
  • Hunucmá: Buried Foods
  • Kanasín: Nexus of Yucatecan Tacos
  • Lerma: A Feast for Kings
  • Maní: Inquisition to Transformation
  • Motul: Garnishing History
  • Oxcutzcab: Land of Oranges and Chocolate
  • Pomuch: Villa of Bakeries
  • Temozón: The Ethereal Essence of Smoke
  • Tetiz: The Sweetest of Pueblos
  • Tizimín: Cowboy Country
  • Pantry Staples
  • Recados / Xa’ak’ / Seasoning Blends
  • Frijoles / Bu’ul / Beans
  • Salsas / Sauces
  • Other Staples
  • Basic Techniques
  • About Maize and Masa
  • Arroz / Rice
  • Basic Preparation Techniques
  • Working with Chiles
  • Preparing Meats for Cooking
  • The Ethereal Essence of Smoke
  • Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Drawing Credits
  • Index to Recipes
  • General Index

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Diana Kennedy

"I know of no other book in print today, or in the past for that matter, that explains so meticulously the ingredients and history of the foods of Yucatán."

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