Mexico The Cookbook

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Mexico cover with tequila

Winning this beautiful cookbook for one lucky reader this week will be like a culinary journey throughout each region of Mexico.  This delicious collection of authentic Mexican street food, salads, eggs, soups, fish, seafood, meat, vegetables, rice, beans, desserts, and drinks will keep you busy cooking in the New Year with over 600 recipes from which to choose.

Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has devoted almost 35 years of her life to spread the word of traditional Mexican cuisine, lecturing at Le Cordon Bleu, the Culinary Institute of America, and around the world.  Her book will provide insight into Mexico’s culinary history, its fresh yet bold ingredients, and family traditions.  The recipes are the real thing, maybe not even what we are used to, but you will love going on this culinary adventure.

Mexico inside cover with shot glass

One ingredient used often in the cookbook is tequila.  Tequila is one of Mexico’s most significant contributions to the world.  I used Casa Noble Tequila, an award-winning premium organic product which is produced near the city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco.  These regions contain a unique soil that produces the best blue agave.  This Tequila Reposado has notes of vanilla, chocolate, and butter in addition to citrus and sweet agave.  With all these wonderful flavors going, I decided to find a Tequila drink suitable for the holidays in the cookbook.  I found a festive drink called Lagartija.  It has lime, mint, orange juice, and green creme de menthe.  Doesn’t that just look like a party waiting to happen?

Mexico tequila drinks on wooden board

4.8 from 6 reviews
Lagartija
Author: 
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups crushed ice
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • ¼ cup green creme de menthe
  • For the syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup aged mescal
  • To garnish:
  • 6 slices lemon
  • 6 sprigs mint
Instructions
  1. To make the syrup: Combine the sugar and ½ water in a saucepan; heat gently and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, without stirring, and boil for 2 minutes or until clear. Remove from the pan from the heat and let cool.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until completely smooth. Add the syrup and sweeten to taste. Pour into highball glasses and garnish each with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint and serve.

Wouldn’t you love to own this beautiful cookbook and prepare authentic Mexican food in time for the holidays?  You will impress your guests!

Here’s what you will win:

Mexico The Cookbook, by Margarita Carrillo Arronte

How to enter the giveaway:

1)  Leave me a comment here on the blog and tell me your favorite Mexican dish or ingredient.  That’s it!

2)  Winner is selected randomly using random.org and is open to Continental USA only.  Enter now through this Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm CST.  Winner will be notified by Monday, December 8, 2014.

Good luck!  Congratulations to the lucky winner of The Perfect Mix cookbook, Janet!

 

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23 Responses to Mexico The Cookbook

  1. CarolU December 1, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Gorgeous book! I love a good chile relleno!

  2. cliff December 1, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    I’ll see how they compare to Ma’s recipes…

  3. HelenF December 1, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    This book is on my must have list. Fresh, authentic salsa is my favorite Mexican food/ingredient.

  4. Pat December 1, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I would love this because I love cooking Mexican food. My daughter is married to a guy whose parents are from Mexico and they are wonderful!

  5. Donna December 1, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Looks wonderful
    Flan!

  6. Angela December 1, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    My favorite Mexican dish is guacamole made with lots of lime and chili’s!

  7. Kim Henrichs December 2, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    What a beautiful book!!! Tamales are my FAVE!

  8. Andreann December 4, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    I would love to have this book in my collection of cookbooks. My favorite Mexican food is pico de gallo, I love the fresh flavor it adds and how it seems to lighten up the heavier dishes.

  9. karen f December 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Here’s what you will win:

    The cover of the cookbook is beautifully done!
    My favorite Mexican dish is Mole covered Chicken breast.

  10. Kim Marsden December 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    I love fresh Mexican salsa on everything! Well maybe not everything! Love it on one of my favorite Mexican dishes, Chili Rellenos.

  11. Debbie R. December 6, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    That’s a hard one…I have so many favorites…tamales are definitely top of the list!

  12. deborah a. manning December 6, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    I like mole and also guacamole and salsa. Thank you for this offer, Debbie

  13. Lila Haynes December 6, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    We grew up with sopa secca–a Mexican lasagna. With lots of cilantro and crema it’s my favorite!

  14. Madonna December 7, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Several of the most memorable meals of my life, I had in Mexico. Fish tacos and potato salad at a little shack of a restaurant at Las Gatas Beach in Zihuatanejo. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Another great fish dish at another beach shack restaurant in the same area — caught that morning fish covered with thin slices of potato, squash, peppers, and herbs then wrapped in foil and buried in coals. And my favorite of all — posole. Again, everything was absolutely fresh and perfectly prepared.

  15. Mary Mathis December 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    My go-to dish is always Chicken Fajitas, love them!!

  16. Denise LaRoche December 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Rice and black beans. All day!

  17. Nancy December 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    My favorite Mexican dish is fajitas — chicken or beef, it doesn’t matter!

  18. Barbara Hahn December 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I love Mexican food. My Mexican go to ingredient is cilantro. Sometimes I grow it inside and then I’ll switch over to buying it at the grocery store. We usually have Mexican food once a week.

  19. Laurie Lufkin December 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I would love to learn more about Mexican dessert . Mexican chocolate cookies rock!

  20. Valerie Szlatenyi December 7, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Enchiladas Mexicana with 3 sauces

  21. Christina December 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Wonderful book! My daughter would love cooking together using it and so far guacamole is her favorite

  22. Kaila Estrada October 20, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    I would love this book.I am 1/2 Mexican so it is so hard to choose my favorite food. I love tacos de lengua, tripas, buche, I also love birria pozole and chiliqulies verses!!!

    • Debbie October 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      Yes! And Rick Bayless cookbooks are great too. Take a look!

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