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Mexican Food Made Simple [Kindle Edition]

Thomasina Miers
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you love having friends and family round for dinner or simply rustling up fresh, fast food, Mexican cooking is fun, fantastic and full of flavour. One of its brightest stars, Wahaca chef and food writer Thomasina Miers shares the recipes she has gathered since she first fell in love with the country aged 18, reinventing the classics with accessible ingredients to demonstrate how exciting and delicious traditional Mexican food can be.

Whether you're looking for street snacks full of punch, rich, hearty stews, or sensational, spicy wraps, Thomasina's Mexican Food Made Simple is bursting with recipes you'll want to eat and share: soft corn tacos and tostados; little cheesy things (Quesadillas); a great Mexican chille con carne; Grilled Seabass or succulent Lamb Chops with homemade salsas and tortilla chips; and to finish churros with chocolate sauce.

The book features vibrant food photography throughout, and step-by-step guides to folding the perfect burrito, eating a taco (no knives and forks allowed), making a sizzling table salsa, and much more. And with Thomasina's guide to the world's hottest Chillis, ingenious cheats, and helpful menu planner, Mexican Food Made Simple has everything you need to put together a fantastic Mexican feast at home.

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'Mexican food is one of the world's great cuisines and there is no one I'd rather read on the subject than Tommi. I love her writing and the recipes in this book are wonderful too' (Tom Parker Bowles, Market Kitchen)

'When I read this book I wanted to cook from it immediately ... then jump on a plane to Oaxhaca. Colourful and inviting, full of scrummy-looking and achievable recipes, it's for anyone who likes their food vibrant, healthy and ballsy...just like the author!' (Allegra McEvedy)

'A world away from Tex-Mex sizzling fajitas with cheesy nachos, Thomasina Miers, former MasterChef champ and Wahaca restaurant founder, is bringing a large slice of genuine Mexico to the mainstream' (Delicious)

Perfect for summer, this book from the MasterChef 2005 winner is full of easy flavourful recipes. (BBC Good Food Magazine)

A great introduction to the breadth of real Mexican cooking, which goes way beyond the Tex-Mex cliches. (Delicious)

Book Description

Cook authentic Mexican food at home with top chef and food writer Thomasina Miers's simple, accessible recipes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3183 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZTBZ50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Thomasina Miers first arrived in Mexico aged eighteen, she fell so in love with its food that she went back to live there, opening up a cocktail bar in Mexico City and using her free time to travel the country and cook with some of Mexico's top chefs. After returning to London and winning BBC2's MasterChef in 2005, Thomasina opened the Mexican street food cantina, Wahaca, which won the Observer Food Monthly's 'best cheap eats' award, and has now opened three branches. She writes a regular recipe column in The Times and is co-editor of SOUP KITCHEN (2005) and the author of COOK (2006) and WILD GOURMETS (2007). Her homage to Mexican food, MEXICAN FOOD MADE SIMPLE, is published in March 2010.

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book, incredible recipes..... 24 May 2010
Ordered this on a whim, and im so pleased I did.

Tommie makes everything sound incredible, but she has also made everything as anglo-friendly as she can, knowing that authenticity is useless if the ingredients cant be found. OK, so im struggling to get some of the ingredients locally, but there is a handy guide to local, national and web retailers we can use.

She has really helpful guides to how to assemble burritos, quesidillas etc, has the most mind blowingly fantastic chile con carne recipe, shows how to make simple, no-fuss salsas and guacamole, has idiot proof guides to making fantastic margaritas, and all in all has me hooked on mexican cuisine.

This book is on rotation between my living room and kitchen as I plan and cook my way through it. It makes you realise the tex-mex dinner kits and sauce sachets have left us all ignorant for how intricate and delicious this food truly is.

Practical, brilliantly written and intoxicating, this is a book that will be used, not just another shelf filler. I couldn't recommend it enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but i would not reccommend 30 Oct. 2014
It is OK, although a little unclear in places. I would like the length of time needed displayed rather than reading all the way through when looking for something to cook to discover you also need to mke a different sauce as well.

The Chipotle sauce is lovely and worth making but not everything turned out as good as i expected. I did the pork belly and followed the instructions (i thought) but it was just OK for a lot of effort. The crackling wasnt edible and that is my favorite bit. The Mexican breakfast was good but is essentially a spicy tomato sauce (a very nice one though) on bread with a fried egg.

could be a bit clearer with the instructions and nothing has blown me away. It has made me want to get more into Mexican food though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Dec. 2011
By Sinead
This book has been the reliable over and over again, we've done nearly all recipes. even when you dont think a recipe is going to be amazing it manages to be, she really knows how to put dishes together. Mexican food made simple 2 now please Tomisina
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mexican Food Made Simple 19 Dec. 2011
I got this book after watching a couple of episodes that the book is based on. It's absolutely smashing, I didn't realise Mexican food could be prepared so simply and healthy. A lot of the food is prepared in a dry pan, so none of the food is oily or greasy. I am working my way through the book steadily and the family love everything I have made to date. I haven't encountered any problems getting any of the ingredients, if there is something I can't obtain locally I can get the ingredients on line. So every recipe is possible to make. There is a list in the back of the book of suppliers.

Well illustrated and no airs or graces, an excellent set of recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the majestic Thomasina 31 Aug. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a brill book. Now don't get me wrong this is not 30 min cookery! Most of the recipes will require lists at the shops to get the ingredients and will take time to either prepare or cook - but once you have a few under your belt it is great to improvise. If you are a new or nervous cook then this book is great because you really can turn-out amazing food with it. My girl-friends and I have been having Mexican food nights ever since we bought each-other copies of this book :D And let's not forget the cocktails are included in the back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brill 13 Aug. 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading the reviews on Amazon.
It is brilliant; worth buying just for the recipes for guacamole and chilli con carne.
Here is a gifted and proficient chef who is really enthusiastic about her Mexican cuisine.
You really must buy the special types of chilli - chillipantry in Birmingham is cheapest - to experience the different types of hot.
I can't wait to visit her restaurant. My family is getting used to Mexican meals every day this week.
Supermarket kits are a thing of the past!
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars accessible, delicious food 8 Mar. 2010
Until now I have always felt daunted by the idea of Mexican food. I want the food I cook to be authentic and true to the original as possible and all those complicated moles needing hours of preparation and ingredients that are not available to me have rather put me off trying. So Thomasina Miers' recipes are a revelation to me - they capture the essence of Mexican cooking with accessible ingredients and none of the fuss.

There are recipes for moles but with names like An Easy-Peasy Peanut Mole the fear factor has gone! There is an excellent introductory section to help you appreciate the various flavours of Mexican food and show you what ingredients are needed to get started.

Then follow all the delicious dishes such as Sweet and Spicy Squash and Chickpea Soup, A Classic Guacamole, heaps of variations on the tortilla, burrito, taco clan, Grilled Food Soul Food(the Great Mexican Breakfast), salsas and so on.

All the dishes have a light, fresh, very- of- the- moment flavour, irresistably must make now. An enticing, timely book, destined to be well-thumbed and decorated with kitchen splashes- the sign of an excellent cookbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 29 May 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A great book offering accessible authentic Mexican cooking. The style of the book is in keeping with many cookery books on the market right now (nice pictures, soft colours, informal language) which makes for a great read and fun cooking experience. I've made a couple of things out of it they've been great. Highly recommended for lovers of street Mexican food as well as those who have eaten in the fantastic Wahaca restaurant :-)
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