Mexican Cookbooks

Great Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes are only a click away. The cookbooks below serve as my inspiration for recipes on our web site or in my newspaper articles.

Web sites and modern search engines can provide dozens or even hundreds or thousands of recipes. Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes are very popular, and reviews help pick from the best of many choices. But sometimes it is just nice to have a cookbook to look through to enjoy the beautiful photography, have an easy reference while cooking, or to experiment with new techniques.

Until very recently I could provide a large list of Mexican recipe book titles to browse, but amazon, a favorite provider of mine no longer offers that option. I have listed a few titles offered on amazon. Some of these I own and use. I’ll let you know which ones.

A friend gave me of “Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook” (linked to below), and it is a beautiful book. It includes a lot of information about local areas of Mexico and their foods. The photography is amazing. I would say it is designed for intermediate cooks. You may need to visit a Mexican Grocery for some of the ingredients, such as dried peppers.

I bought my copy of “Macho Nachos: 50 Toppings, Salsas, and Spreads for Irresistible Snacks and Light Meals” at a thrift shop, where I instantly gravitate to the used books to see what Mexican recipe books they have. If nacho lore and recipes interest you, this book delivers a lot of information. 


I am a big fan of recipe books produced by the folks at Americas Test Kitchen. So I purchased “The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach”. I also own the other two books shown below.

Okay – the gadget below is not a cookbook. But it is one of the handiest kitchen gadgets I own. You flip up the cover – put a peeled clove of garlic in the hopper – and roll it back and forth and in a few seconds have minced garlic. Very cool!

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