Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Daily Tortilla by Ricardo James

Book Description:

Sopes, Tamales, Pozole, Huevos Rancheros -- you've never had Mexican food like this! Daily Tortilla starts with the basics of tortillas, beans, rice, and salsas, and then builds to an incredibly delicious repertoire of dishes found in any family dining room in Mexico. Say adios to Americanized Mexican food -- this is authentic, south-of-the-border flavor at its finest!

About the Author:

RICHARD M. JAMES (Ricardo) grew up in the kitchen. He learned the art of cooking by trial and error. The errors ended up in the garbage, but the trials got better and better. At age nineteen he traveled to Mexico to serve as a missionary among the people, in their homes and in their kitchens. Richard is the father of five and now resides in Utah. He occasionally, with his family, visits Mexico to gather more traditional culinary ideas and techniques. 

Book Review:

I was an exchange student in Mexico, and I came to love the food there. I was happy when my sister asked me to review this book. I was able to make several of the recipes, and am looking forward to making several more. Some favorites were the Agua de Mango, Queso Fundido de Chorizo, Gorditas, Picadillo and Enchiladas Suizas. I did adjust some of the recipes as needed to accommodate my family's taste - we're not really big into spicy dishes.

I was excited to try making homemade enchilada sauce, but when the author says to keep a watchful eye on the roasting chiles, he means just that. Because if you burn those, the whole dish is ruined. Trust me on this. I am no quitter though, so I went and purchased more dried chiles and plan  to make the sauce again soon. Next time I will pay much closer attention to the chiles. :) I am also looking forward to conquering my fear of homemade tortillas.

This is definitely a cookbook that is a keeper.

Title: Daily Tortilla
Author: Ricardo James
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 1462114113
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.

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