Marilyn Tausend, Chuck Williams & Maren Caruso
Simon & Schuster, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
is a lovely cookbook, with gorgeous color photographs of each of the forty tempting recipes included. From the novice to the experienced chef, readers will find dishes to make them set a direct course for the kitchen.
exican foods have been making great inroads into the American diet. It's easy to see why. '
Mexico has one of the world's most diverse culinary histories. It's earliest inhabitants were sustained for thousands of years by corn and beans, enlivened with ingredients such as squashes, tomatoes, chilies, and chocolate – all native to the New World.
' Then the Spanish arrived, contributing rice, wheat and citrus fruits, as well as spices from the Far East, to what has become a great culinary heritage.
he first recipe I want to try is
– a method of using citrus juice to
the fish. It looks wonderful and would be great on a hot summer day.
Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Roja
is another on my
list. I love Red Snapper. My brother, who was a merchant seaman, told me that when seamen signed on a ship, they would board only if they were promised red snapper at least twice a week. Don't know if he ever had
Veracruz-Style Red Snapper
, but it sure looks good.
f you like soup (and who doesn't?) try the
. Just looking at it is a treat. Or how about
Black Bean Soup
with its dark rich brown color, swirls of sour cream, and bits of green spring onions gracing the top? Somebody, hand me a spoon.
Duck in a Green Pipian
has a certain appeal as do
Pork Chops Marinated in Adobo Sauce
. Beef eaters will love the
. Looks wonderful and the recipe reads well too.
hen we come to desserts. Why, oh why, do cookbooks almost always include a recipe for
? Don't they know I have no resistance? I've been told the bread pudding served at the buffet at Harrah's in Las Vegas is the best ever. But I bet this cookbook's
Brandy-Infused Bread Pudding
beats it. And I'm putting in a request for someone in my family to make me a
for my birthday cake. Nirvana.
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