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ISO TexMex cookbook

Geoffchef's picture

Can anybody recommend one that covers all the good comfort food - the enchiladas and frijoles and all that? I'm really looking for something that will give me the ChiChi's experience at home. I know, I know, it's commercial crap, but we have no purveyor of such stuff in Winnipeg anymore and I miss it.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62681, reply #1 of 17)

You can't go wrong with Rick Bayless (sp?) or Diana Kennedy, although they are probably more in the vein of Mexican cooking than Tex Mex.  Down here, TexMex is so prevalent and so cheap that we usually go out rather than cook it at home, LOL.


Probably off the subject, but when I was pregnant with first DD and we were living in Indianapolis, got a craving for Mexican food.  Only one place listed in the phone book, The Enchilada House.  I called and asked what they served.  "Inch-ay-lay-dos and Tay-cos" was the answer.  Cured my craving. 




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Jillsifer's picture

(post #62681, reply #2 of 17)

When my Pennsylvania-to-Ohio-to-Florida cousin visits, she LOVES to be taken to "our local" for toe-staw-does and ahn-cheeee-lawww-dohs.

 


 

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ghcook's picture

(post #62681, reply #3 of 17)

I agree on the Bayless recommendation.  His newest book is very approachable. 


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039306154X/qid=1138387982/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-6061265-5148850?s=books&v=glance&n=283155


I went to cooking demo/book signing for it and he talked about how he wants to encourage people to cook w/fresh, locally produced ingredients, and he tried to write the recipes so that busy folks could come home and still make dinner in a reasonable amount of time.


He's an all-around nice guy also, very involved in his community and mentioned that he doesn't want to expand beyond his two Chicago restaurants because he likes having family time and time to spend developing his staff.  The book signing was a benefit for the local public TV station.


It's easy for me to support a guy like that.


Katie

Geoffchef's picture

(post #62681, reply #5 of 17)

Thanks - to you and Madmom. I will see if Chapters has it yet.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Adele's picture

(post #62681, reply #6 of 17)

One thing I really like about his cookbooks, at least the two I have, is that he offers substitutions with each recipe.  You'll like his books.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #62681, reply #7 of 17)

Geoff, I was at Costco today and saw a book which is more Tex Mex than Mexican.  Picked it up for you.  If you'll email me with your snail mail address (I know I have it somewhere, but heaven help my finding it!) I'll get it off to you.



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Geoffchef's picture

(post #62681, reply #11 of 17)

:-) Done deal. What is the politically correct feminine gender equivalent of "Knight in shining armour"?

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

delice's picture

(post #62681, reply #4 of 17)

Also very good and do-able is Marge poore's "1000 Mexican Recipes".

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #62681, reply #8 of 17)

Since my favorite food is that of tex-mex, southwestern and mexican, I find it difficult to distinguish among them.  There is certainly not an easy line to draw.


If you are interested I have a few suggestions which cover the range.


Texas home cooking - The Border cookbook - both by Cheryl Jamison


One plate at a time - Rick Bayless


wisekaren's picture

(post #62681, reply #9 of 17)

Hey, while we're on the subject, did you get the Saveur mag? Did anything look interesting?
Karen

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #62681, reply #10 of 17)

Yes.  Thank You.  I haven't made anything out of it yet but I will

Geoffchef's picture

(post #62681, reply #12 of 17)

I actually have the" Border Cookbook", and I glanced today at Bayless' new one "Everyday Mexican". The problem I keep running into is availability of ingredients. 
I know where I can get a tortilla press, but try to find masa harina. I can't even find canned corn tortillas here anymore, just taco shells. Also, for obvious reasons, my knowledge of the cuisine is limited.
Guess I'll just have to save up for serious gorging when I visit the States.


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62681, reply #13 of 17)

I would add a bag of masa for you, but I'm afraid the shipping would be more than the masa! 



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Geoffchef's picture

(post #62681, reply #14 of 17)

Too true I fear. There are a couple of stores that specialize in Carribean foods; I'll have to check those out again soon. They do carry anchos and one or two other dried chilis.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62681, reply #15 of 17)

Now, you know that chilis don't weigh much, so can always include those.  Let me know.  One of the things I liked about this book was that it included a "pantry" section of what you should have, tells which subs work and which ones don't, and also gives a mail order source for a lot of the stuff.  Of course, none in Canada, LOL.



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Geoffchef's picture

(post #62681, reply #16 of 17)

Now that you mention it, I am out of ancho and New Mexico powders. I'm gonna owe you big time! Start thinking about those prairie delicacies you can't live without. More saskatoon syrup or jam perhaps? Wild rice?

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #62681, reply #17 of 17)

Hmmmm...I suppose that once I lose my half a Sally, I could go for some more syrup.  That was so delicious!  Seriously, though, you don't owe me anything...the book is on its way, sans spices, because the post office closed at noon today, so I had to rush.  If you'll give me a list of things you need once it gets there, I can pack up another care package and get it out to you.



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