Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor
By: Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith & Evangelina Soza
Reviewed by: Nicole
Note: PR by the Book graciously supplied me with one copy of Muy Bueno for review. No other compensation was received. The review in this post is honest and my own.
Gift Guide Age Recommendation: 14+
I am ashamed to admit it, but, until this cookbook graced my door, I did not own a Mexican food cookbook. I LOVE Mexican food, but have been a bit timid to jump off into the world of homemade tortillas and anything involving tripe. But, more importantly, I did not have a teacher to teach me the ropes of Mexican cuisine.
That changed when I read this book. The stories and teachings this book offer are excellent. I felt like I was sitting down with a cup of tea for a good chat with an old friend. I read stories of their memories and experiences and learned quite a bit about old-world northern Mexican cuisine, south of the border home-style dishes, and Latin fusion. I also love that each recipe has a silhouette that denotes which generation the recipe came from.
I had a hard time choosing which recipe to try first. Old-fashioned Mexican Oatmeal sounded warm and cozy, Stacked Red Enchiladas sounded like a nice challenge… I decided that the Lentil Soup was calling to me the loudest. And, I am soooo glad that I prepared this dish!
I love lentil soup. It really is a classic dish. I will come clean and tell you that I have always used canned lentils and have never cooked fresh or dried lentils. I know, I know, tsk tsk on me. The ingredients listed were simple and the directions easy to follow. Like every other recipe in the book, there was a gorgeous color photograph telling me what I could expect as my end result.
I greatly enjoyed settling down for a movie with my son and a big bowl of this delicious soup. My son, who is a soup lover, enjoyed his cup and asked for more. I love it when I make a nutritious recipe that he will eat a second helping of! I enjoyed that we had enough left over for two additional meals!
Who would like this gift?
Anyone who enjoys flavors of the Mexico will like this cookbook.