Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico
By Rick Martínez
2022 • Clarkson Potter Publishers
In his first, much-anticipated cookbook, New York Times contributor, Food52 columnist, and former Bon Appétit food editor Rick Martínez introduces home cooks to the diverse culinary treasures of Mexico. In Mi Cocina, Rick travels to each of the seven regions in Mexico to explore 100 unique dishes, the recipe for each accompanied by stunning on-site photography.
In this beautifully personal tribute, Rick expresses Mexico’s regionality through dishes like Oaxaca’s Mole Coloradito (made with pasilla chiles, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, plantain, and bittersweet chocolate) and Tacos de Capeados (cornmeal-battered fried fish tacos with papaya and tomatillo) from coastal Baja. His recipes are based on his favorite home-tested version of each dish, veering from tradition when inspired—like in the Tlayuda con Tasajo in which a flank steak is marinated with miso paste before being grilled and added to a large tostada topped with refried beans and queso Oaxaca. Rick always keeps availability of ingredients in mind and provides substitutions and replacements when needed.
Readers will discover essays in each chapter on topics like the migration and culinary influence of people from the Middle East and China to Mexico, and Rick’s experiences of finding welcomeness, support, and a feeling of belonging in his new home in Mazatlán. The collective result is touching, transportive, and delicious.
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