Review: Mi Cocina by Rick Martinez

Title: Mi Cocina

Author: Rick Martinez

Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed Press

Published: May 3, 2022

Pages: 304

Format: Netgalley arc, Thanks Clarkson Potter!

Goodreads Blurb

A highly personal love letter to the beauty and bounty of México in more than 100 transportive recipes, from the beloved food writer and host of the Babish Culinary Universe show Pru�balo on YouTube and Food52’s Sweet Heat

“This intimate look at a country’s cuisine has as much spice as it does soul.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Join Rick Martínez on a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey throughout México that begins in Mexico City and continues through 32 states, in 156 cities, and across 20,000 incredibly delicious miles. In Mi Cocina, Rick shares deeply personal recipes as he re-creates the dishes and specialties he tasted throughout his journey. Inspired by his travels, the recipes are based on his taste memories and experiences. True to his spirit and reflective of his deep connections with people and places, these dishes will revitalize your pantry and transform your cooking repertoire.

Highlighting the diversity, richness, and complexity of Mexican cuisine, he includes recipes like herb and cheese meatballs bathed in a smoky, spicy chipotle sauce from Oaxaca called Albóndigas en Chipotle; northern México’s grilled Carne Asada that he stuffs into a grilled quesadilla for full-on cheesy-meaty food euphoria; and tender sweet corn tamales packed with succulent shrimp, chiles, and roasted tomatoes from Sinaloa on the west coast. Rick’s poignant essays throughout lend context–both personal and cultural–to quilt together a story that is rich and beautiful, touching and insightful.”

My Review

This book is full of so many amazing authentic places and stories. It’s actually much more than just a recipe book. I am of Mexican descent and love reading and learning about all the different places. He has several recipes that go with each part of Mexico. I have a hard time with Mexican cookbooks because so many of them are not really authentic. This one definitely has many authentic recipes! I can’t wait to buy this one. Not only is it beautiful there’s just so many delicious recipes. There are several recipes that I’m really excited to try but also some that have been a part of my childhood! Some of the recipes might be harder to find ingredients for, if you don’t shop at the Mexican grocery store. On the flip side, there are several that are fairly easy to make with common ingredients. I saw someone post about too much cilantro. Guys, this book is about Mexican cuisine and cilantro is a stable in ALL our cooking! Just an FYI- there’s a lot of cilantro in this book!

A special thanks to Clarkson Potter Publishers for an arc via Netgalley! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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