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Foods of the Maya: A Taste of the Yucatan
University of New Mexico Press
Published: May 1, 2002
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Geographically isolated from the Mexican mainland, the Yucatan has also retained its Mayan identity, which includes a distinctive cuisine. The Gerlachs provide a brisk and informative traveler's guide to the region as an introduction to
their fresh and zesty recipes. The first section features an extensive selection of salsas and seasonings. As the Gerlachs move on to appetizers, salads and soups, and a lively assortment of main dishes, drinks, and desserts, the use of nuts, seeds,
chiles, and fruits and the pickling, or "sousing," of foods emerge as common denominators. Aromatic and colorful, these dishes are made with challenging but not intimidating cooking techniques. Indigenous ingredients are identified, but more readily
available substitutes are always suggested. Donna Seaman--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Pompano tamales. Shrimp enchiladas. Candied sweet papaya. These are some of the foods whose
recipes reside in the pages of Nancy and Jeffrey Gerlach's Foods of the Maya. The authors have spent years traveling throughout Mexico, familiarizing themselves with the cultures and cuisines of the people they have encountered. They created this
cookbook to bring the flavors of the Yucatand#225;n to tables north of the border.
In an easy-to-follow format, Foods of the Maya provides handy background and travel information about the region and some of its ruins before dipping into the
ninety-one recipes included here, organized according to meal course. There are recipes that will suit most everyone's palate, from sauces and salsas to soups and sausages; from vegetarian and meat appetizers and main dishes to simple drinks and
desserts. Each section begins with a brief description of the course and the types of food involved. The recipes are clear and easy to understand-one need not be a trained chef with a vast kitchen to create a tasty Yucatecan meal.
Foods of the
Maya incorporates an array of cooking tips and techniques and a brief glossary of terms to help in food preparation-the authors have ensured that ingredients for their recipes are readily available at local food stores. This edition also includes an
introduction by historian Jeffrey Pilcher which helps familiarize readers with the history and cultures of the Yucatand#225;n peninsula. So the next time you get a hankering for something different, you might consider cooking up a platter of
Yucatand#225;n ribs or preparing a bowl of chayote pudding. Take a short trip to the Yucatand#225;n-without leaving your kitchen.
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