I’ve been a fan of “ethnic” cooking for almost as long as I have been cooking.
Some cuisines have an incredibly romantic connotation, evoking dreams of travel. When one is unable to go to these exotic locations, cookbooks with recipes and often stories and vignettes from those countries or regions, allow the adventurous cook to prepare meals that give one the sense of that place and time.
Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook – Nourishment for the traditionally built
Stuart Brown with a foreword by Alexander McCall Smith
Pllygon Books 2009 – 151 Pages
The recipes in this book are reminiscent of dishes mentioned in the series of novels that began with The No. 1 Ladie’s Detecctive Agency
The royalties from sales of this book are directed to worthy causes in Botswana.
MEXICO, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
THE MEXICAN STOVE – WHAT TO PUT ON IT AND IN IT Words by Richard Condon Food by Wendy Bennett
Sensual and evocative notes on the world’s oldest cuisine, with matchless methods for the cooking and eating thereof
Doubleday & Company
Good Food From Mexico by Ruth Watt Mulvey and Luisa Maria Alvarez.
Originally published in 1962, this little paperback I have was printed in 1972 (Sixth printing)
and was priced at 95 cents.
At this or any price it was and is a bargain.
This little book includes 350 authentic recipes from Mexico with helpful hints for sourcing ingredients in the U.S.
My original copy is dog-eared, stained and falling apart except for Scotch tape – some repairs with the old cello tape that has turned yellow with age.
The recipes range from formal dinners and fiesta foods to street foods found in any city or town in Mexico.
If you come across a copy in a used book store, buy it! If you are a fan of Mexican Food, as it should be prepared, you will not be disappointed.
I recently purchased a used hardcover copy on line to hold for the day that my old one finally has to be retired.
Good Food From Mexico Hardback with DJ
M. Barrows and Company, Inc. Third printing, August 1958
A Treasury of Mexican Cuisine: Original Recipes from the Chefs of the Camino Real Hotels, Mexico.
Text by Saarah Sloan, Photos by Chuck Lawliss
Contemporary Books, Inc. 1985 – 176 Pages
It has been a number of years since I vacationed in Mexico at one of these hotels. When I came across this book, I just had to have it because I remember the dishes served were wonderful.
I consider the Chiles en Nogada (stuffed chiles with walnut sauce) one of the best recipes for this type of dish I have ever eaten. I love poblano chiles and this recipes shows off just how delicious they can be.
Frida’s Fiestas Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo
Clarkson Potter/Publishers 1994 – 224 Pages HB (some damage)
SALSA COOKING Marjie Lambert
Chartwell Books, Inc. 1994 144 Pages HB Oversize book
COOKING WITH CHILES – CHILE-HEADS AND ETC.
The Fragrant Chilli Michael Bailes Paperback
Kangaroo Press 1999 146 Pages
MIDDLE EAST, MEDITERRANEAN AND NORTH AFRICA
Reflections Of An Armenian Kitchen A Special Collection of Favorite Recipes
Ladies Guilds Of Ararat Home
Dulco Printing, Fresno, CA Third Printing May 1996 1000 copies HB/3-Ring binder – Stand-Up Cookbook
(Sept. ’95 1000 copies, Nov. ’95 1000 copies)
Recipes From A Greek Island Susie Jacobs Special photography by Linda Burgess
Simon & Schuster 1992 – 143 Pages
The Complete Greek Cookbook Theresa Karas Yianilos
Avenel Books MCMLXX – 254 Pages HB DJ
My Egyptian Grandmother’s Kitchen – Traditional Dishes Sweet and Savory by Magda Mehdawy
Printed in Egypt: The American University in Cairo Press 2006 – – 366 Pages SB
Dining On The Nile: Exploring Egyptian Cooking Sally Elias Hanna, M.D., M.P.H.
DogEar Publishing 2006 First – 128 Pages SB
The Arab Table Recipes & Culinary Traditions by May S. Bsisu Coffee Table Book
William Morrow/Harper Collins 2005 First Edition – 369 Pages HB DJ
Middle Eastern Home Cooking: Quick, Easy, Delicious Recipes to Make at Home by Tess Mallos
Periplus 2002 First Edition – 128 Pages HB DJ
Crazy Water Pickled Lemons Enchanting dishes from the Middle East, mediterranean and North Africa
by Diana Henry
Sterling Publishing 2006 – 192 Pages SB
JEWISH FOODS AND TRADITIONS
OLIVE TREES and HONEY A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World
James Beard Foundation/Kitchenaid Book Award Winner
Wiley Publishing, Inc. First Edition 2005 – 454 Pages HB DJ