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Cinco de Mayo 2012 - Want to cook from your Mexican books with me?

I'm excited that CdM falls on a Saturday this year as that means I can plan a special meal cooking from my Mexican cookbooks. I'm going to plan my menu this weekend and wondered if anyone else is doing the same? I'm hoping so!! If so, would you consider posting here too?

I'll post the dishes I'm considering here along w my final dishes.

I'd also love to hear what Mexican books you have on your shelf. According to EYB, I have 23 Mexican books on my shelf and I'll paste the list here in case anyone has suggestions for dishes from these books.

• Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibañez and J. J. Goode

• Rosa's New Mexican Table by Roberto Santibañez

• Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food, Luscious Libations, Great Times with Friends by Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless

• Salsas That Cook: Using Classic Salsas to Enliven Our Favorite Dishes by Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless and Jean Marie Brownson

• Authentic Mexican, 20th Anniversary Edition: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico by Rick Bayless

• The Essential Cuisines of Mexico: Revised and updated by Diana Kennedy

• Mexican Everyday: Easy, Full-Flavored, Tradition-Packed by Rick Bayless and Deann Groen Bayless

• Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant flavors of a World-Class Cuisine by Rick Bayless

• Mesa Mexicana: Bold Flavors from the Border, Coastal Mexico, and Beyond by Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken

• Mexico One Plate At A Time by Rick Bayless

• The ¡Salpicon! Cookbook: Contemporary Mexican Cuisine by Priscila Satkoff and Vincent Satkoff

• Mexican: Williams-Sonoma Collection by Marilyn Tausend

• The Chevys and Rio Bravo Fresh Mex Cookbook by Ten Speed Press

• Mexican Cooking Class by Patricia Lake and Sharon Lee Barkhurst

• Nuevo Tex-Mex by Robb Walsh and David Garrido

• La Tradicional Cocina Mexicana Y Sus Mejores Recetas (The Traditional Mexican Cuisine) by Adela Fernandez

• Mexican Light: Exciting, Healthy Dishes From The Border And Beyond by Martha Rose Shulman

• Contemporary Mexican Cooking: Famous chef's recipes for the world's greatest Mexican specialties by Anne Lindsay Greer and Anne McCann

• The Best of Gourmet 1995: Featuring the Flavors of Mexico by Gourmet Magazine Editors

• Easy Mexican Style Cookery

• Mexican Cook Book by Sunset Books

• Mexican Cookery by Barbara Hansen

•Treasury of Mexican Cuisine:Original Recipes from the Chefs of the Camino Real Hotels, Mexico: Original Recipes from the Chefs of the Camino Real Hotels, Mexico by Sara Sloan and Hoteles Camino Real

Also, for further inspiration, I'll paste links to past COTM's from Mexican cookbooks from:

Rick Bayless:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/339027

and Diana Kennedy:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691346

Will you cook with me?

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  1. I've been cooking from Truly Mexican and have been very pleased with everything I've made so far. I made on of the adobo marinades recently. It yielded quite a bit so I used it with shrimp, pork and chicken and all 3 were equally good. If you get ambitious, try the Pistacho Pipian, it's wonderful :-)

    I recently purchased Salpicon and have only made a couple of things from it so far, but they were pretty fabulous. I think if I were to choose a book to cook from with you, that would be it.

    I also like the William-Sonoma book by Marilyn Tausend. It is surprisingly very good and a real sleeper in the Mexican cookbook category.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Thanks for all this great info DD! I'm really looking forward to planning my menu and will add your notes to the recipes in my books. Much appreciated.

    2. Do the books give any special recipes for this holiday?

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      1. re: paulj

        I'm hoing they do paul, but I haven't gone through them yet. Unfortunately EYB does't include CdM as a holiday so I'll have to search the "old-fashioned" way....page by page!!

        If not I'll google traditional dishes and see what recipes I have for them. I'm quite looking forward to it and am secretly hoping for a rainy Sunday!

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

          I'll be surprised if you find much in the way of recipes dedicated to Cinco de Mayo, it's not really a holiday that is celebrated too much or very widely in Mexico. The common mythology around Cinco de Mayo is that it was a marketing ploy developed by American liquor distributors back in the 50s or 60s to stimulate tequila sales.

          That said, look in your more recent books for recipes as those might be more likely to have something for Cinco de Mayo. Anything Red, White and Green would probably fit the bill.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            LOVE that suggestion DD! Makes choosing dishes so much easier! You're right, so far I haven't come across anything for CdM. Funny you should mention the WS book up-thread because I took that in my briefcase yesterday since it's not a huge book so I thought I'd have a look through on the train. I was taken with how many appealing recipes it contained. I've only made one dish from it thus far it seems...the Watercress Salad w Orange, Jicama and Avocado and my notes tell me we loved it.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              DD also meant to ask if you knew anything about that Aleda Fernandez book. I was looking through it last night and it's beautifully written and seems to be chock full of great info. It was published in 1985 and is what I loved was it includes Spanish and English text (as someone who has taken (basic) Spanish lessons recently, it was great to see this and a nice touch in the book I thought). The book was written and published in Mexico. I loved the charming illustrations throughout too. I haven't cooked from it yet as it was a fairly recent used book sale find.

        2. Breadcrumbs, here's the link to the Non-COTM link thread so you can add this one ...
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/842251

          We'll be joining you with Rick Bayless and Diane Kennedy.

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          1. re: Gio

            Thanks Gio, great to have the link here and, your company inthe kitchen!!

          2. I just picked up Kennedy's My Mexico from the book giveaway bin in my community center. I'd like to make something from that. I'm not really aware of certain foods that are traditionally associated with Cinco de Mayo, though.

            Growing up in so cal, we'd usually go to our neighborhood mexican dive for carnitas burritos or asada tacos and drink Negra Modelo.

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            1. re: tcamp

              Mmm, I wish I could go there for breakfast right now tcamp!! ; - )

            2. Wow, Breadcrumbs! You have a lot of books. Which one is your favorite / s? I'm married to a Texas Mexican and when I hear 'mexican' food I always think tex mex. Even though I know there are many different styles throughout mexico. The only mexican cook book I have is truly tex mex and is called the Los Barrios Family Cookbook. It's from a very popular restaurant in San Antonio. The restaurant is called Los Barrios. Although, I think I prefer Mi Tierra better. Anyway, if you want some tex mex participants I'll sign on. Hubby would love a nice elaborate mex meal.

              So, again, which one or two books could you not live without? (that aren't tex mex - I think I've got that down pat, :-)

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              1. re: thymetobake

                I'll have to take a look at the cookbook you mention theymtobake, I only have a couple of TexMex books on my shelf and love to hear of gems that others recommend. Thank-you.

                Now, as for recommendations for Mexican books, I don't think you could go wrong with Diana Kennedy or Rick Bayless and you'll see they both have their fans on these boards. Personally I do have a bias towards Rick as he always surprises me with the big bold flavours that come from seemingly few ingredients. Two books I'd heartily recommend would be his Mexican Everyday and Salsas that Cook. The latter contains more than just salsa recipes btw.

                I hope you'll cook along w us next Saturday. I'd love to hear what you pick from your TexMex book!