This week I am sharing with you a gorgeous new publication by Phaidon press thanks to the ace peeps at Small Talk PR.
When this arrived and I opened it, I literally gasped at it's beauty.
Mexico - the Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte is one of the loveliest books I have had the pleasure of looking through in along while.
I had the good fortune of my sister & her husband living in Mexico in San Cristobel de las casas (in the state of Chiapas) in the 90's to help open my eyes to the joys and freshness of authentic Mexican food. It is far more complex and varied than the food we seem to equate it with.
Mexican food is seeing a bit of a renaissance in Australia, ably helped along by some of the food trucks who are opening our eyes to Mexican food being more than stodgy Chilli Con Carne.
It reminds me of what happened with Thai and Indian (and now Vietnamese food) - as it's popularity surged so did the availability of more authentic recipes.
This book is divided into sections- street food & snacks, salads and starters, eggs, soups, fish & seafood, meat, vegetables, sauces, rice & beans, breads and pastries, drinks & desserts and the FAB section of Guest Chefs- including Andrew Logan from Melbourne's Mamasita .
I love cookbooks that really give you a deeper insight into the culture behind the cuisine & teach us more about the foods that we eat.
Did you know that the mexicans use Tortillas- their flatbread made of maize corn flour- in HUNDREDS of ways, not just to wrap tacos? And that it has been a staple in their cuisine since Ancient times.
And did you know there are around THREE HUNDRED varieties of Chillies- and not just the red & green ones that many of us are familiar with?
Some of the cultures that have influenced Mexican food are Spanish, Mediterranean & Jewish.
So interesting huh?! Reading cookbooks can teach you so much about our interesting and delicious world!
the best news is.........
I have a copy of this EXQUISITE publication to give away to on of you LUCKY readers, thanks to Small Talk PR.
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you would love this book to join your others in your cookbook shelf. Be creative with your answers!
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