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Jan 12, 2007 07:42 PM

best mexican regional cookbooks

Based on the thread about good italian regional cookbooks I was just wondering if there are any good mexican regional cookbooks. I know that there are cookbooks which cover all of Mexico but discuss about certain dishes coming from certain regions but similar to Italy I am interested to get cookbooks which focus only on particular regions of Mexico. (So the questions is if there are any "The Spendid Table" analogs for Mexico)

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  1. Check out Diana Kennedy. Cuisines of Mexico, Mexican Regional Cooking etc.

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    1. re: Candy

      I might overlook some books from Diana Kennedy but I think she doesn't have any books which focus only on one region at a time. There are books which have chapters covering certain regions but I feel that those books only scratch the surface of the different regions. I much more prefer to have books covering only one region in much more depth.

      1. re: honkman

        If you feel that way about Kennedy after actually using the books, fine.
        The essence of her approach is teasing out the regional specialties; IMHO Diana Kenndy does far more than scratch the surface.

    2. I just checked out Susana Trilling's, Season's of My Heart: A culinary journey through Oaxaca, Mexico. This region's food is particularly fascinating for me, and the recipes generally sound wonderful. I hope to test out at least a couple of recipes from the book before I return it. The writing is nice and you get a feel for her connection to the locals. I do wish there were more food photos though! Some of the ingredients may be difficult to find depending on where you live, and I didn't see much on substitutions. Anyone have specific comments about this book?

      Amazon listing:

      1. A Yucatan Kitchen by Loretta Scott Miller is fairly good. It's a relatively small, plain-Jane cookbook with no pictures or stylish graphics, but the recipes are good.

        The Border Cookbook by Jamison & Jamison includes the cooking of Northern Mexico which tends to get ignored or dismissed in many general Mexican Cookbooks. It's a good cookbook that also has U.S. regional variations on Mexican food of the border states. Big cookbook but no photos in this one either.

        1. Zarela's Vera Cruz - cooking and culture in Mexico's tropical melting pot.

          1. Check out Rick Bayless's books - his recipes are outstanding. I don't know how much he differentiates between regions, though.