200 easy Mexican Recipes
Kelley Cleary Coffeen
I have a confession to make, I used to be a cookbook snob. There I said it. We have a large bookshelf in the kitchen and that's where I kept my collection. On that shelf you'd find titles such as "A Day At el Buli" by the great Ferran Adria, Larousse Gastronomique and Glorious French Cooking by James Peterson. Then along came a new relationship and I had to share the shelf, all of a sudden Glorious French Cooking was sharing the shelf with Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay! But I soon realized something, these cookbooks have real merit, they are great teaching tools and they are important to people who want great food, people with limited knowledge and often limited budgets.
The other day a new cookbook arrived at our door. 200 easy Mexican Recipes by Kelley Cleary Coffeen. I can tell when a book has broad appeal because it will disappear off my desk and into the kitchen, where it really belongs anyway. But this time it wasn't my partner who took it, it was our teenage daughter, who as it happens, loves Mexican food.
That night she, who is of the aforementioned limited skills and even less budget, cooked up a feast for us and a few friends! We started off with Nachos Grande, followed by Bean and Cheese Burritos with homemade Guacamole all washed down with Mock Margarita Cocktails!
The food was amazing and our daughter was beyond thrilled to have been able to pull together something that was enjoyed so much by everyone!
She found the recipes easy to follow and the ingredients were readily available even in our small town! She and her friends give this book a very enthusiastic ten out of ten cacti! I'm hoping the next book that arrives is "Ten Easy Steps To Clean a Kitchen" ah well, we all have to start somewhere!