Saturday, January 27, 2007

New Bilingual American & Mexican Cookbook in Guanajuato

Recipes Treasured / Un Tesoro de Recetas Culinarias produced by the organization Arcoiris (Rainbow Connection) to raise money for Guanajuato charitable projects can jump start your cooking efforts wherever you live. So far, I've tried two recipes, the first a Grapefruit-Avocado Salad contributed by Californian Rebecca Nunnelee that takes advantage of the red grapefruit and ripe avocados easily available in the Guanajuato markets and supermarkets. Rebecca provides precise proportions for the dressing. Today I tried Esther Vanegas' Panamerican Soft Tacos, another easy recipe letting me know what goes in the broth for cooking the chicken until it is ready to shred. The cookbook includes many north-of-the-border recipes too. As editor Connie Hawkins writes in the introduction, reading the recipes is like being invited into the homes of the contributors. The 240 page cookbook costs 150 pesos or 15 US dollars. Available at Cafe Zilch, Cafe Tal, El Zopilote Mojado, the tourism office in Embajadoras, Escuela Mexicana and several other places in Guanajuato, also at the Biblioteca Publica gift shop in San Miguel de Allende for a slightly higher price.

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