My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions

Lorena Jones. Apr. 2019. 368p. photos. index. ISBN 9780399580574. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780399580581. COOKING
Growing up outside Mexico City, Cámara became a self-taught chef at a young age, enviously replicating the fresh tortillas served at the homes of friends and neighbors. The author continued her quest to cook with the authentic flavors and ingredients of the region and eventually opened the restaurant Contramar, which focused on fresh, whole, sustainable ingredients with locations in Mexico City and San Francisco. Cámara’s lack of professional culinary training is advantageous as it leads to easy-to-follow recipes with unfussy ingredients. Mexican staples (or básicos, such as tortillas, salsas, and beans) are followed by dozens of recipes for appetizers and every meal of the day. The recipes conclude with ample ideas for desserts and drinks. Among the standouts: pescado a la talla, or Contramar’s signature red and green grilled red snapper dish, which provides a colorful contrast of spicy red adobo and mild parsley. With its large, vibrant cover, clean fonts, and saturated color photographs accompanying each of the 150-plus recipes, the book itself looks delicious on the shelf.
VERDICT This simple yet authentic and extensive collection could easily replace every other Mexican cookbook in your library’s collection.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month