The Mexican Home Kitchen: Over 75 Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico by Mely Martínez

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  • Mexican-style steak (Bistec a la Mexicana)

    • dc151 on December 04, 2020

      OK, so we did like this, but I made with beef chuck, as that was what was available at the supermarket I had to cook it way longer than the original directions, and should have covered it when putting in oven for longer braise, it reduced too far and browned too much. Not the recipe's fault!

    • Sisaroo3 on December 04, 2020

      Delicious! Sauce is so flavorful.

  • Corn tortillas

    • dc151 on December 04, 2020

      Clear, concise directions which really helped make it successful. It took waay longer than the directions stated, mostly peeling off from plastic. I would add a little bit of salt next time. Edited- I made this again. I did add a touch of salt, which helped. Again, I wonder, how in the world someone can make these in 20 minutes??

  • White rice (Arroz blanco)

    • Ksmotherman on January 02, 2021

      Simple, but great mild flavor. Wonderful pairing with spicy and saucy dishes.

  • Shrimp in chipotle sauce (Camarones en chipotle)

    • Ksmotherman on January 02, 2021

      Made it vegetarian by subbing in Quorn pieces for shrimp. Delicious! I roasted the tomatoes, onion and garlic in the oven instead of on the stovetop. I also added in the wine as per the author's suggestion, which was good.

  • Green enchiladas (Enchiladas verdes)

    • Sisaroo3 on December 03, 2020

      The sauce needs some salt added. I used half Swiss and half queso fresco cheeses. Both tasted good but my preference was the queso fresco.

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Reviews about this book

  • Kavey Eats

    My overall impression of this book is that (true to its name) it has dishes that you would not necessarily find in a restaurant-style or contemporary/“modern” Mexican cookbook.

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  • ISBN 10 1631066935
  • ISBN 13 9781631066931
  • Published Sep 15 2020
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 192
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Rock Point

Publishers Text

With over 75 recipes, The Mexican Home Kitchen compiles the traditional home-style dishes enjoyed every day in Mexican households—with a great influence from the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Puebla, Estado de México, Tabasco, and Yucatán—including breakfasts, stews, soups, pastas, rice dishes, and moles, along with dishes like enchiladas, picadillo, and milanesa, and rounded out with delicious salsas, drinks, and desserts.

For Mely Martinez, Mexican cooking has always been about family, community, and tradition. Mely started helping in the kitchen at a very young age, since she was the oldest daughter of eight children, and spent summers at her grandmother’s farm in the state of Veracruz, where part of the daily activities included helping grind the corn to make masa. She started her popular blog, Mexico in My Kitchen, to capture the recipes and memories of her home for her son so that he will someday recreate and share these dishes with his own family. In the meantime, her blog has become the go-to source for those looking for authentic home-style Mexican cooking.

Recreate these favorite dishes using inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients:
  • Caldo de Pollo (Mexican chicken soup)
  • Beef Birria (shredded beef cooked in a red stew)
  • Tacos de Bistec (steak tacos)
  • Sopes (a street food made with dough and topped with various meat fillings)
  • Pork Carnitas
  • Salsa Taquera (salsa for tacos)
  • Pork Tamales
  • Red and Green Enchiladas
  • Pastel de Tres Leches (a luscious and moist cake that’s a Mexican favorite)
  • Buñuelos (crispy dough fritters coated in sugar)
  • Gorditas (classic Mexican street food with a variety of fillings)
  • Queso Fundido (a melted cheese appetizer, topped with chorizo)
  • Mole Poblano (one of the most classic and popular moles)
  • Tamales de Elote (sweet tamales with a ground corn filling.
  • Nopales recipes (recipes made with cactus paddles)
  • Empanadas
  • Chilaquiles
  • Chicken Tingas
Complete with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, stunning photos, recipe stories, and cooking tips, The Mexican Home Kitchen will have you enjoying the fresh flavors of Mexico in no time.