Muy Bueno, FIESTAS: 100+ Delicious Mexican Recipes for Celebrating the Year

Weldon Owen. Apr. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781681889177. $39.99. COOKING
Award-winning food blogger Marquez-Sharpnack’s (Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor) new book features recipes, crafts, and decor ideas for 14 fiestas. Cooks can add Mexican flavors and traditional recipes to family fiestas and several holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, July 4, Mexican Independence Day, Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. Some recipes in the book are gluten free, many list ingredient substitutions, and others offer hacks for leftovers. All include helpful cook’s notes. Recipes are organized by occasion and include fiesta tips and instructions for crafts and/or decor. Readers can learn to make a clothespin cross, cascarones, mini piñatas, tissue-paper flowers, a Day of the Dead altar, sugar skulls, and tamal-shaped ornaments. The techniques and ingredients used are authentic, with adjustments offered in case some ingredients are unavailable or techniques not easily done, such as cooking meat in a backyard pit. These are not simplified recipes; this is Marquez-Sharpnack’s heritage, with a few melting pot recipe combinations.
VERDICT A tasty treat for libraries looking to expand their Mexican cookbook collections.
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