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Book Review: My Mexico City Kitchen

April/May 2019 Issue
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My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions
By Gabriela Cámara
(Lorena Jones Books)

Among food obsessives, Mexico City is a hotspot. Like any great modern metropolis, it’s a melting pot, adopting ideas from all the people of various cultures who pass through it and who call it home. In this book, one of the city’s most influential chefs—Gabriela Cámara, who runs celebrated restaurants in Mexico City and San Francisco—mines her hometown’s culinary riches, sharing 150 recipes that bring her joy.

You’ll find classics such as tamales; ceviches; and red, green, and yellow moles; as well as surprise gems like Lebanese-Style Eggs, Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp, and Cámara’s signature dish, Tuna Tostadas (crisp corn tortillas topped with smoky chipotle mayo, slices of silky sashimi-grade tuna, crisp fried leeks, and one gorgeous slice of avocado). And you don’t need to travel to Mexico to enjoy any of this. All you need is a kitchen, fresh ingredients, and Cámara’s recipes guiding you.

Recipe Spotlight: Huevos en Camisa. “Eggs in a shirt”? Yes. In this case, the tortilla is the shirt that the egg wears. While fresh corn tortillas are prepared on a comal or in a skillet, an egg is slipped inside the tortilla as it cooks. Simple, playful, delicious.

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