Hey! Hey! Happy Holidays!!!
It’s about that time to be checking your list and finding those perfect presents for everyone on it. I’m here to chip in with a few ideas for those on your list who either A: Love to cook or B: Love Mexico or C: Don’t love to cook, but love to read cookbooks and also like Mexico and Mexican food.
Salsas and Moles by Deborah Schneider (Hardcover $11.98), is a collection of 60 authentic recipes for what we all know is the most important part of the meal. A good salsa or mole sauce brings an entire dish together and this book has everything from basic pico de gallo to a Salsa Fresca with Queso y Pintos.
Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordan Rothman (Hardcover $18.24). This newly released cookbook from Chef Alex Stupak and NYC food writer Jordan Rothman is what you might imagine a chef-written cookbook on tacos to be; experimental, aspiring, and beautiful. Not something you’d necessarily cook from every night of the week but one you’d defiantly want to read.
Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith, and Evangelina Soza (Paperback $19.05). This book offers a look inside the inspiration that fuels food blogger Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack’s style; classic Mexican home cooking that has been passed down for generations.
Tamales: Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals by Alice Guadalupe Tapp (Hardcover, $15.37). If you think making tamales takes tons of people and time to prepare than this book is for you. It’s loaded with time-saving tips to simplify the labor-intensive process so you can have homemade tamales more than once a year.
Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling (Hardcover $41.16). Named 2015 Cookbook of the Year and 2015 Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. This in-depth look into the food of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula should be a part of every cookbook lover’s collection.
Homesick Texan’s Family Table: Lone Star Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours by Lisa Fain (Hardcover $19.99). The follow up book by beloved blogger Lisa Fain with classic Tex-Mex comfort food that you will crave again and again.
Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin (Hardcover $14.97). Renowned food blogger Gaby Dalkin is the queen of avocados which she proves by taking them way beyond toast and guacamole with this book. Here you’ll find avocados turning up in everything from breakfast to brownies.
Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy (Hardcover $41.79). The cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico is not easily defined but no one is more prepared to capture it than Diana Kennedy. Her expansive knowledge of Mexican culinary traditions spans fifty years of research and this latest book is a culmination of her life’s work.
Latin Twist by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Vianney Rodriguez (Hardcover $19.12). Spanning twenty countries this book is ultimate Latin American cocktail guide. Latina food bloggers Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Vianney Rodriguez have teamed up to gives us traditional drinks from every country as well as some new unique spins of their own.
Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carillo Arronte. More than just a book this is a tome with over 600 authentic recipes that Arronte has complied in her 35 years of travel throughout Mexico.
Now to the BIG NEWS part: some of these cookbooks could be yours! I’ve teamed up with Luisa Navarro from Meeexiiicooo to pull together the most amazing giveaway we’ve ever done. Not only are we giving away cookbooks but jewelry, pottery, food items, Christmas decorations, and more! Make sure to follow both of us on Instagram (@meeexiiicooo and @holajalapeno) because starting December 1st we will be giving away a new prize every day until Christmas. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!