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Food from My Heart: Cuisines of Mexico Remembered and Reimagined [Hardcover]

Zarela Martinez

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23 Nov 1992
Containing more than 200 recipes, this book is a chronicle of the development of Zarela Martinez's cooking, describes her childhood and the foods of her family, the influences of other regions when she went away to school, and continues up to when she opened her own restaurant, Zarela. In addition to the detailed information on what it means to be Mexican, and how that impacts on Mexican cooking, there are sections on the primary ingredients of Mexican cooking, both indigenous and imported, and the roles they play. Zarela also describes Mexican religious celebrations and the way Mexicans socialize and eat.

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To understand Mexican culture you must see at first hand how the Catholic faith melded with a system of pagan beliefs to make a uniquely, truly Mexican religion. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming! Authentic and Delicious! 26 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
If you love Mexico, it's cuisine, and it's traditions, you will love this book. The recipes are all superb and Zarela's warmth and love of her family, culture, and food, take center stage. This book captured my heart and took me on a nostalgic journey through the foods and holidays of my childhood! It is a pleasure to recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most-often used book in my kitchen 8 Nov 2001
By Angela Cantu - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book after having checked it out of the library and finding I could not let it go -- paid a heavy fine to the library, too! This book is now the most often used in my kitchen. I love to read the author's childhood memories and the background she sets up for the recipes. The recipes are not too complicated, and I have not tried one that has not been a winner! I understand it is now out of print, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who can aquire it!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I borrowed this book from the library/ and need to own it 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I borrowed the book to learn more about tamales/ but found myself actually reading the book. Excellent. I now want to own it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Mexican Cookbook that I trust 2 Dec 2010
By Magda - Published on Amazon.com
This is only one of 2 cookbooks that I will ever need. I was looking for a cookbook that was authentic and not watered down. Since I am Mexican/American I am very picky about my Mexican food and this book is the real deal.

It is also the only reliable reference that I have found for making tamales exactly the way they should be made. If you ever wanted to make "real" tamales. Get this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars food with history 3 Jun 2002
By Kasey M. Moctezuma - Published on Amazon.com
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This wonderful cookbook is part history book ( of Zarela Martinez' family and experiences in Mexico) as well as being a great book full of wonderful recipes. These recipes are "authenically Mexican" as opposed to being an Americanized version of Mexican food (which is what you are liable to find here in America.) Her subsequent books on Oaxaca and Veracruz are also worth checking out.
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