Tex-Mex from Scratch, Hardback
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The tastes of Tex-Mex cooking are well-known and much loved - despite that, most people don't know how simple and tasty it is to prepare the food yourself, from scratch.

In the USA, this sort of properly made Mex food is rapidly gaining in popularity: several of the trendiest young restaurateurs have left their restaurants to start mobile food places in so-called Taco trucks.

It is from the US border states, rather than directly from Mexico, that we get our inspiration for this book.

Such as from Texas - with its robust Tex-Mex food inspired by both their southern neighbor and by cowboy culture with its beans, cheesy enchiladas and smoky BBQ. Or New Mexico - with its smoky, luxurious and more authentic Mexican cuisine, and California - with its well-prepared Mex food, so-called fresh Mex.

Often made with fish and shellfish, and always without using any semi-manufactured products, of course.

Beautiful images of settings are followed by simple recipes, entertaining Tex-Mex stories and extremely nerdy tips like where on the hamburger one really should put the accessories, or why it ought to be forbidden to mix your guacamole. This book is planned with an introductory chapter where the reader can learn the basics of Tex-Mex cooking: how to make your own tortillas, deep fry your own nacho chips, knock together the perfect guacamole, make the hottest chilli sauce, make your own BBQ smoker and so on.

Then there are separate chapters on: side dishes; tacos, enchiladas and burritos; salads and soups; BBQ; sandwiches and hamburgers; desserts; drinks.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 70 colour photographs
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: National & regional cuisine
  • ISBN: 9781909815094



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This cookbook was full of Tex-Mex Style of recipes collected by a freelance food writer and chronicler that has a blog on the Swedish magazine that writes about American food. Tex-Mex food is inspired from both Mexican and by cowboy culture so it has a lot of influence from many cultures but this book has seemed to travel out of the Tex-Mex area with some of the recipes. Food is always evolving so maybe it is with a Texas Twist. The recipes are very simple with easy to obtain ingredients, in most places, and full of suggestions for substitutions in areas were you might not be able to locate an ingredient. I am not sure how of of the substitutions would work as advised but even other places of the world these ingredients are becoming more common. Tortilla recipes were presented first which was a great idea since they are used in many of the dishes in the cookbook. There is always debate over the best chili recipes and chili recipe in the cookbook is very different from most recipes since it was without tomatoes and beans. It looks like it will be very spicy so beware. The pictures were well presented and all the the recipes looked very balanced and tasty. If you are looking for a good Tex Mex cookbook I really suggest you take a look at this.*I received an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.#Tex-Mex #Texas #recipes #cookbook #review

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