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Book Review: ‘200 Easy Mexican Recipes’ by Kelley Cleary Coffeen

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In 200 Easy Mexican Recipes, Kelley Cleary Coffeen has created a collection of recipes that gives the basics of, and foundation skills for, good Mexican cuisine. It helps you create the bold, complex flavors of Mexican cooking right in your own kitchen.

In addition to all the dishes, Coffeen offers an interesting account of the traditions and culture surrounding Mexican cuisine, along with a comprehensive glossary illustrating the flavors of Mexico, an ingredient list, and a list of handy tools and equipment to help you create your masterpieces.

Some recipes are enhanced with beautiful images to accent the simplicity and beauty of these authentic Mexican dishes, and that helped with testing and recreating the recipes.

For fans of Mexican food, all of the classics are here, with several variations. There are lots of recipes for salsas, quesadillas and nachos, and they go from basic levels and move to more detailed, yet still easy like the title implies.

Recipes for slightly more demanding, but still popular dishes are included, as well. For fans of the cheesy taste treats, you’ll be happy to see how easy the Chile Rellenos are to create.

Fancy a fish taco? Those are in here too as well as chimichangas, enchiladas and burritos. Once you have mastered those, you can go on to the slightly more complex dishes that will all make you look like an experienced Mexican cuisine creator.

One of the favorite recipes from testing out 200 Easy Mexican Recipes was the Grilled Carne Asada Tacos, which were tasty and looked as good in my kitchen as they did in the cookbook’s photo. The refreshing lime and spiciness of the jalapeños combined beautifully in the marinade to coat the steak and the meal received rave reviews from my household.

This book is full of no-fuss recipes for authentic dishes and offers a fresh take on many regional dishes too. 200 Easy Mexican Recipes will be a nice addition to your kitchen if you are looking to create Mexican dishes that really are simple, and are sure to impress.

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