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Bayless Mexico: One Plate at a Time
by Rick Bayless, Jeanmarie Brownson, Deann Groen Bayless (Contributor),
James Isberner (Photographer)
From the first recipe we tried, it was apparent
that this was not just another cutesy Tex-Mex cookbook. My congratulations
on a job well done. This book is so authentic, that we even recognized
some people we met during our stay. If you realllllllly want to taste Mexico
without actually going there, prepare yourself for a treat, this is the
definitive work on the subject of "real" Mexican cuisine.
the Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the Regions of Mexico
(Beautiful Cookbook) by Susanna Palazuelos, Marilyn Tausend, Susanna Palazielos
Of my dozens of cookbooks, I've used this
one the most. My wife is from Michoacan which led me to get serious about
Mexican cuisine. I believe the two essential Mexican cookbooks are this
one and Rick Bayless' first cookbook: Authentic Mexican. Mexico The Beautiful
Cookbook is a visual masterpiece filled with many great recipes. Every
recipe has an accompanying photograph. Bayless' book has superior narrative
(but short on pictures), with great stories attached to the recipes --
and Bayless attends to detail in recipe instructions like no other.
We are out collecting photos and writing notes.
Do you have a favorite restaurant that you want to suggest we would love
to include it here.
Of The Mexican Revolution [BOX SET] 4 CDs - "..... This wonderful collection
includes recordings from as early as 1904 to as late as the '70's, but
mostly from the '20's. A beautifully produced 178 page booklet includes
historic photos, a capsule history of the Mexican revolution -- the earliest
of the great social revolutions that characterized the last century --
as well as a history of the music and all the lyrics, in English &
Spanish. If you are a serious fan of Mexican music, don't pass this one
up. If you just kinda like Los Lobos or Linda Ronstadt's Mexican songs,
get this set and discover where it all came from."
The Best From Mexico: 40 Mexican Favorites [2-CD SET]- REVIEW via Amazon.com:
"..... The title of this CD already explains the feeling, "All The Best
From Mexico". It is the ultimo CD for a hot summer night, when you enjoying
a nice cold drink and feeling the late night heat. If you close your eyes
and listen to these sounds you can dream off to one of the beautiful places
in old Mexico . Because there are two CD's included you are able to listen
to two hours of these traditional Mexican sounds. Enjoy the feeling!"
Border Music, Vol. 1: Pioneer Recording Artists (1928-1958)
via Amazon.com: "..... The first album in Arhoolie's superb Tex-Mex series,
this traces the roots of the modern norteño-Tejano-conjunto sound.
We hear the early accordion players and duet singers, then see them come
together in the 1930s and '40s, forming the heart of the style as it has
existed ever since. All the key names are here, from the blind fiddler
El Ciego Melquiades to the magnificent Texan diva Lydia Mendoza, accordion
pioneers Santiago Jiménez and Narciso Martinez, and the trend-setting
Alegres de Teran. A 36-page booklet puts the music in context and makes
this an essential purchase for anyone interested in border music. --Elijah
De Mi Padre (Songs Of My Father)
- Linda Ronsdadt "..... Topflight
pop singer pays tribute to her heritage on this amazing roots ranchera
album that also features excellent backing by the world-famous Mariachi
Vargas, all under the experienced hand of master arranger-composer-producer
Ruben Fuentes. Everything clicks wonderfully here, but numbers that set
a new standard include "Tu Solo Tu," an incredibly harmonic love ode; "Por
un Amor," on the price of real love; and "Los Laureles," a song of declaration
on which Ronstadt soars unbelievably high. These are old Mexican classics,
played by arguably the world's best mariachi group and sung by one of North
America's greatest vocal talents. Extras include performances by another
world figure, requinto player Gilbert Puente, who made trio history when
he led Mexico's Los Tres Reyes in the '50s and '60s. In the mariachi-ranchera
genre, this CD easily ranks among the very best. --Ramiro Burr".