The Baja California Cookbook: Exploring the Good Life in Mexico

Ten Speed: Crown. Mar. 2020. 272p. ISBN 9780399582837. $30. COOKING
Chef Hussong and restaurateur Porter take readers on a relaxed journey through Mexico’s Baja California with 60 recipes perfectly representative of the region. The book’s four sections include: “At the Ranch,” which showcases fundamentals such as beans and tortillas; “From the Sea,” which uses the fruits of the ocean as the basis for all recipes (including a standout fish taco recipe); “Wine Country,” featuring sophisticated combinations that pair well with the wines originating in the Guadalupe Valley; and “The Road Back Home,” offering a scalable recipe for carnitas for a crowd. Personal and occasionally humorous narratives divide each recipe and offer a history of the area and its people. Recipes are simple yet solid, varying from quick weeknight meals to full-day labors of love. A backstory is provided for each recipe as well as cooking notes and a buying guide for hard-to-find ingredients and cookware.
VERDICT These masterful recipes and vivid photographs will transport any home chef to Baja.
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