Yucatán

Yucatán

Recipes From A Culinary Expedition

Book - 2014
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University of Texas Press

Winner, James Beard Foundation Best Cookbook of the Year Award, 2015
James Beard Foundation Best International Cookbook Award, 2015
The Art of Eating Prize for Best Food Book of the Year, 2015

The Yucatán Peninsula is home to one of the world's great regional cuisines. With a foundation of native Maya dishes made from fresh local ingredients, it shares much of the same pantry of ingredients and many culinary practices with the rest of Mexico. Yet, due to its isolated peninsular location, it was also in a unique position to absorb the foods and flavors of such far-flung regions as Spain and Portugal, France, Holland, Lebanon and the Levant, Cuba and the Caribbean, and Africa. In recent years, gourmet magazines and celebrity chefs have popularized certain Yucatecan dishes and ingredients, such as Sopa de lima and achiote, and global gastronomes have made the pilgrimage to Yucatán to tantalize their taste buds with smoky pit barbecues, citrus-based pickles, and fiery chiles. But until now, the full depth and richness of this cuisine has remained little understood beyond Yucatán's borders.

An internationally recognized authority on Yucatecan cuisine, chef David Sterling takes you on a gastronomic tour of the peninsula in this unique cookbook, Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition. Presenting the food in the places where it's savored, Sterling begins in jungle towns where Mayas concoct age-old recipes with a few simple ingredients they grow themselves. He travels over a thousand miles along the broad Yucatán coast to sample a bounty of seafood; shares "the people's food"at bakeries, chicharronerías, street vendors, home restaurants, and cantinas; and highlights the cooking of the peninsula's three largest cities—Campeche, Mérida, and Valladolid—as well as a variety of pueblos noted for signature dishes. Throughout the journey, Sterling serves up over 275 authentic, thoroughly tested recipes that will appeal to both novice and professional cooks. He also discusses pantry staples and basic cooking techniques and offers substitutions for local ingredients that may be hard to find elsewhere. Profusely illustrated and spiced with lively stories of the region's people and places, Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition is the long-awaited definitive work on this distinctive cuisine.



Publisher: Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780292735811
0292735812
Branch Call Number: 641.597265 STE
Characteristics: xiv, 560 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 29 cm

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elenamareli
Sep 30, 2019

Yes, this would make a great coffee table book, but I enjoyed it a lot. I do think the recipes are very good and true to their origin. I loved the description of markets and towns that takes you outside of the "mainstream" touristy areas.

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mclarjh
May 01, 2017

Essentially a coffee table book. Largely self promotional.

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Mkryda
Aug 04, 2015

yet another chef ego book with heft but not the do-able recipes we cookbook lovers crave. basically a coffee table book. don't know what the james beard folks are thinking with these cookbook awards, maybe they like pretty pictures and weight of book. glad i didn't buy this one either (see review of heritage-also a no go)

ChiPubLib_Adults May 04, 2015

2015 James Beard Foundation Cookbook of the Year

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