Check out the chiles on the cover of LeAnn Bird's cookbook, Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking. The title may say "Mexican," but that's perfect for a week celebrating Posadas County and New Mexico. Here's a hint. That's the meaning behind Steven F. Havill's Red, Green, or Murder - chiles.
Bird discusses Mexican cooking, saying her favorite recipes come from her memories of growing up in Arizona, and spending time in the desert. Her description of Arizona's desert matches Havill's Posadas County, "It's beautiful, wild, arid, and yet so full of life." Her Mexican food would be typical of a border county in New Mexico as well.
This book is called Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking because Bird says everyone can prepare Mexican recipes with basic ingredients, and they can be kept in a recipe. Staples of Mexican cooking include tortillas, refried beans, salsa, cheese, green chiles, corn masa, dried chile pods, rice, canned chipotles in adobe sauce, along with basic spices.
I was impressed with the recipes included in this book. The author breaks recipes down so they seem easy to make. She does recommend homemade flour and corn tortillas, but there are very good colored pictures in the book, showing techniques. Each recipe includes a colored photo. And, for the New Mexico connection, she recommends dried New Mexico chiles, particularly for the red color in her posole and Chile Colorado Sauce. And, of course there are traditional recipes for desserts, sopapillas and flan.
LeAnn Bird's cookbook is subtitled, "Economical Ways to Stretch Your Budget Without Cutting Back On Flavor." With 100 recipes, colored photos, and easy-to-follow recipes, Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking is a keeper.
LeAnn Bird's website is www.pantryfriendlycooking.com
Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking by LeAnn Bird. Outskirts Press, Inc., ©2009. ISBN 9781432740160 (paperback), 100p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.
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