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Zora O'Neill has lived in New York City since 1998, but she still calls New Mexico home. Growing up, she attended ceremonial dances at Taos Pueblo and camped in the Pecos Wilderness--but she took it for granted, and perhaps even complained about it when she was dragged out of bed before dawn for some adventure. It wasn't until she moved away and traveled the world that she realized what a wild, culturally rich place she'd been raised in. Zora's travels and writing have taken her on a circuitous route back to her home. Graduate study in the Middle East taught her about the Arab roots of adobe and irrigation channels; visiting hotels in southern Spain was disorienting--the brick floors, thick walls, and shady courtyards felt just like those in Santa Fe; and in Mexico, she followed the threads of Spanish and indigenous culinary traditions as they made their way up to her home state. During her travels, Zora has been particularly interested in food, occasionally working as a cook, caterer, and cookbook author (Forking Fantastic! Put the Party Back in Dinner Party was published in 2009). Researching Moon New Mexico gave her the excuse to seek out the best red chile enchiladas and most creative uses of local organic produce. Zora is also the author of Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque. She maintains a blog about her cooking, travel, and guidebook-research experiences at rovinggastronome.com. She also maintains an update website for this book, moonnewmexico.com, where you can see what has changed since publication. Zora welcomes email from readers at zora@rovinggastronome.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good use of money! 4 Jun. 2015
By K.K. - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent guide with tons of relevant information and honest opinions offered, not just saying all nice things. This author is very familiar with her subject matter & will tell you what to avoid or where you can get a better price or deal as well as praising what deserves praise. she also gives some great background on places which makes them more interesting to the traveler. She is also current on the correct roads to take and where they lead & what's faster or slower which some guide books are not up to date on. Highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs an update and better maps 21 Aug. 2015
By krebsman - Published on Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed reading this guide book before I went, but as a practical guide I found it woefully inadequate once I got there. What I liked about the book is Ms. O’Neill’s writing style and her obvious passion for her subject. However, that passion gets in the way of practical reality. I wish she had warned me about the way they drive in New Mexico. Virtually everyone drives at a speed far above the high speed limit. If the speed limit is 75, they seem to interpret that as 90. If you drive 75, they will tailgate you. The roads are not labeled properly. In recent years I have driven in Texas, California, and Connecticut and have never gotten lost. In New Mexico I often found that I had been driving for many miles on the wrong road, even though I had made no turns! There are very few road signs to tell you where you are. Aside from the US highways, the roads are pitch black at night. Heaven help you if you miss a turn. You will have no opportunity to turn around for at least five miles. It’s easy to miss a turn if you are being tailgated at high speeds. She states that New Mexico is one of America’s poorest states. I would recommend that they hire a few more highway patrolmen to remedy this. They could generate enough revenue issuing speeding tickets to pay for some decent road signs. My traveling companion’s GPS could not get reception most of the time, I assume because of the mountains. The street maps in the book are confusing. Don’t assume that the top of the map is north. The orientation is indicated by a little star design with the longest point being north. The maps do not really work well together. For example in the Albuquerque section, there are separate maps for Old Town and Downtown, but she does not clearly indicate the maps’ relationship to each other. I walked a couple of miles in the wrong direction because she has one road marked “to Downtown” and an arrow, but doesn’t indicate which way to turn beyond the map. Fortunately I’m fairly athletic for a senior. Where the book really let me down was where she states that the Lawrence Ranch is closed and then snidely remarks that there wasn’t much to see anyway. On the day I left Taos, I happened to read in one of the free tourist magazines in my hotel room that the ranch had been reopened in the fall of 2014, the year of this edition’s publication. As a Lawrence fan, I was disappointed that I missed the chapel allegedly made with his ashes mixed in the concrete. I also wish she had listed more restaurants that were NOT Mexican food places. I like Mexican food, but I don’t want to eat it seven days a week. This guide is a mixed bag. I appreciated that it was not just a catalog for consumers like the Fodor’s guide, and she did take into consideration the travelers who are not on expense accounts, but the practical information is just not adequate. Three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Handbooks delivers again 26 Nov. 2014
By MAPals - Published on Amazon.com
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Great New Mexico travel guide. I love the Moon handbook series in general. Always very helpful when planning a trip to a state that I've not been to before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Mexico Travel Guide 3 Jun. 2015
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This is a useful travel guide for independent travelers, organized section by section. Good maps, good local information.
5.0 out of 5 stars Take this with you ! 20 Dec. 2014
By Cat Lady - Published on Amazon.com
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Good information and complete coverage of New Mexico. Can't wait to go and see the things I have read about.
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