Mexico: One Plate at a Time

by Rick Bayless

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Behind the Cookbook: Zarela’s Veracruz

Behind the Cookbook: Zarela’s Veracruz

Zarela Martinez is one of the US’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine and currently co-hosts the podcast Cooking in Mexican From A to Z on the Heritage Radio Network with her son Aarón Sánchez. Zarela’s Veracruz, was published in 2001, and was accompanied by a 13-part PBS TV series. In this edited extract from the original book proposal, the author describes how she came to write about the cuisine of this region, a bustling modern area of Mexico which contrasts in many ways with Oaxaca, the subject of her previous cookbook.

Recommended by

Chris Ying

Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Peach

There are two Mexican cookbooks on my list, which seems sort of excessive, but whatever. I'm from California and if California food (not California "cuisine") is defined by one thing, it's Mexican food.

Linda Anusasananan

Cookbook author

The "Questions and Answers from Testing" are very helpful. Also like his make-ahead suggestions and variations. His suggestions make the dishes achievable for the American cook.

Dan Toombs

Food writer

I am a big fan of Rick Bayless and have been for years. I love all of his books. If you enjoy Mexican food, give this one a try.

Alexander Rozin

Professor in the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition

Jennifer Bushman

Culinary Consultant, Route to Market LLC