2021 . Cooking, Regional & Ethnic, Individual Chefs & Restaurants . Pati Jinich
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The "buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority" (New York Times) and star of the three-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati's Mexican Table brings together more than 150 iconic dishes that define the country's cuisine Although many of us can rattle off our favorite authentic Mexican dishes, we might be hard pressed to name more than ten. Which is preposterous, given that Mexico has a rich culinary history stretching back thousands of years. For the last decade, Pati Jinich has sought out the culinary treasures of her home country, from birria, to salsa macha, to coyotas, to carne asada. Many of these dishes are local specialties, heirlooms passed down through generations, unknown outside of their original regions. Others have become national sensations. Each recipe is a classic. Each one comes with a story told in Pati's warm, relatable style. And each has been tested in Pati's American kitchen to ensure it is the best of its kind. Together, these essential recipes paint a vivid picture of the richness of Mexico.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
0358086760 (ISBN13: 9780358086765)
7 months ago
Jinich, host of the PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, showcases delicious recipes from across Mexico in this unexpectedly tepid-feeling recipe collection. Some hail from lesser-known locations: a soup with “belly button” dumplings comes from Jinetes de Machado, a town of fewer than 60 people, all related. A standout chapter on Mexico’s masa specialties includes Sonoran tacos bravos in a double layer of tortillas dipped in tomato sauce, quesadillas made with chile puree, and gorditas sweetened with evaporated milk. A sea of salsas includes peanut salsa and salsa borracha, or “drunken salsa,” a popular salsa in the central states that’s made with beer. The recipes cover a wide range of difficulty, from a humble corn soup from Mixteca Alta to a Oaxacan mole with 20 ingredients. Desserts include holiday breads and sandwich cookies shaped like flowers, while savory meat dishes—such as a mixed platter traditionally cooked on an old plowshare over a fire—are balanced by vegetables like green beans with pureed corn. Meanwhile, sidebars cover nuts and bolts like sourcing goat meat. Jinich’s instructions don’t miss a beat, but the tone is so cool and collected that it sometimes borders on distant. Thorough as this is, the curious absence of its author’s charming personality leaves this feeling a bit flat.
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