By
Cecilia Díaz Betz

We’re fans of Phaidon’s books devoted to national gastronomies and were eager to have the one dedicated to Mexico, a country with a culinary history that spans 9000 years. And here it is! At long last! Mexico is now a delicious reality with over 700 recipes selected by Mexican chef and writer Margarita Carrillo Arronte, well-known and respected for her work as an ambassador and researcher of Mexican culinary culture.

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Early last summer we tried to cook the recipes in Perú, a book that uncovered the secrets of Peruvian gastronomy through over 50 recipes by famous chef Gastón Acurio, and now time has come to try the delicious Mexican food. Mexican food draws influences from Aztec and Mayan Indians and is renowned for its use of fresh aromatic ingredients, colorful presentations and bold food combinations.  From tamales, fajitas, and moles to cactus salad, blue crab soup, and melon seed juice, the recipes are a celebration of the fresh flavors and ingredients from a country whose cuisine is revered around the world.

We’re fans of Phaidon’s books devoted to national gastronomies and were eager to have the one dedicated to Mexico

It is organized by food type/style (Street Food, Starters, Drinks, Fish and Seafood, Meat and Poultry, Vegetables, Pulses and Rice, and Dessert) and also specifies the region of origin. In the words of Margarita Carrillo Arronte: “You are holding in your hands a cookbook in which you will find a delicious collection of recipes that will take you on a voyage of discovery through the different cuisines of Mexico. You will also find in its pages the ingredients, utensils, techniques, and historical background that have made traditional Mexican cuisine an invaluable representation of a nation with a rich cultural identity.”