Pati’s Mexican Table
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This is a beautiful cookbook. The pictures of the food are mouthwatering and the pictures of ingredients are informative. Pati has brought recipes for salsas, soups, salads, vegetarian dishes, fish, poultry and meat dishes together with some deserts and drinks to finish. My wife and I have been cooking our way through the book and have been very happy with the results. Even living north of the 53rd parallel, we have been able to get most of the spices and ingredients.
The meals that are outlined in the book take some time and care to cook. This is not instant cuisine, but the results are rich and varied. Some recipes have more heat than others, but nothing we have tried has been too spicy. With just the two of us in the house we have cut most of the recipes in half and found that they still gave a substantial meal with leftovers for another day.
As an added bonus to the recipes and pictures, Pati has tips for making the work easier along with explanations of what some of the ingredients and staples of Mexican food are about. I enjoy reading the small articles sprinkled through the book almost as much as I do eating the food. I was very interest to learn more about the authentic culture and food of Mexico. For those who are used to fast food Mexican, you are in for a real treat.
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys good food of any variety, and for those looking for Mexican quisine, this book is a must.