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3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty Mexican Food At Home!, 29 Jun. 2012
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I've enjoyed cooking a number of different international dishes over the years,especially Far Eastern foods. Having never really delved into South American cuisine I was really looking forward to getting to grips with some tasty Mexican fare.
Within the book there are some interesting articles on your required store cupboard items and even some suitable alternatives, and the photos of most of the recipes do look very appetising and well presented.

The main food chapters are: Breakfasts ( a few drinks, a bread and three hot dishes); Market Food (probably the best variety of Mexican "snacks" you'll find); other chapters consist of: Soups & Salads/Lighter Dishes/Bigger Plates/Side Dishes/Puddings.

However,I can't help but say I was very disappointed as I started to read through the recipes. As someone who enjoys cooking for smaller numbers on a regular basis, ie between 2-4, it became increasingly obvious the book appears to be geared more towards larger families or larger dinner parties.The average recipe is for 6 people or more. Yes, I know there is such a thing as scaling down recipes, but when lighter dishes require such ingredients as 3x dressed crabs; 1.5kg of octopus or 1kg neck of pork, you can't help but wonder how many you are feeding, and indeed most of these recipes are for 6, or even 8 people.

At the end of day, I'm sure the recipes do work well and taste great. But do I really want to spend an age trying to work out what I'd need for the regular four person meal, and ultimately how much I'd waste? - Certainly not is the answer! Why the bulk of the recipes weren't adapted for 2 or 4 people so you can easily scale things up, only Thomasina knows! She does make a valid point about Mexican food being made for sharing, but so is Thai, Indian and Chinese, but I don't want to cook several dishes or large plates of food everytime I'm in the kitchen.

I really enjoy her programmes and her style of cooking, so I'm tempted to buy her earlier book Mexican Food Made Simple to see if this is any easier to work with.
As previously mentioned, the recipes do look great, and I'm sure they work well, just make sure you invite enough friends and neighbours!
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