Mexico: A Culinary Quest – review

Introduces the reader to the real spirit of Mexican food

Mexico culinary quest

This is truly a gastronomic coffee-table book. More accurately I should say that it’s a 600-page tome the size of a coffee table. Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it does have generous proportions and considerable heft. Mexico is huge!

Mexico: A Culinary Quest introduces the reader to the real spirit of Mexican food, its history and taste. It demonstrates a range of modern cooking styles as well as traditional ones. There is a wealth of specially commissioned photographs of both people and their homes and workplaces. In fact, there are almost 900 gorgeous images by Adam Wiseman.

This isn’t a recipe book but more a collection of chef/cook profiles, putting local ingredients and dishes into a geographic context. It’s a food-biased travelogue and a must-read for any food-lover who has ever visited Mexico or who plans to go. There are rustic views, verdant vistas, seascapes and vibrant dishes. This is an overview of the authentic Mexico: of colour, natural beauty and urban texture. It’s a book of personal stories.

Mexico: A Culinary Quest is gift quality and impressive. One could leaf through these pages for both culinary and photographic inspiration. It’s a major work in every regard.

Mexico: A Culinary Quest
Authors: Hossein Amirsadeghi and Ana Paula Gerard
Photography by: Adam Wiseman
Published by: Thames and Hudson Ltd
Price: £45.00
ISBN-10: 0500970823
ISBN-13: 978-0500970829

Cookbook review by Chrissie Walker © 2018