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  1. I tried to make guisado de salchichas like you'd find in tacos de guisados places in Mexico City. Wasn't quite right, though. I've had the dish several times in Mexico City (and had it once in Morelia). It always seems to have a light, bright tomato sauce along with a good amount of spice and onions. Makes sense. The hot dogs are sweet and garlicky. They need that bright, spicy sauce to balance them. However, the sauce I made, which was basically just pureed roasted tomatoes with a little onion, garlic, and serranos, wasn't it. It was too sweet and red, even though I just heated it through. The sauces in Mexico are usually orange more than red. Not sure the difference. Maybe fresh tomatoes rather than roasted tomatoes? Something cutting the tomatoes that would make it orange as well? An acid? Just not sure. Can't find ANY recipes, of course. Too low-brow, I think. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Scott at DallasFood.org had been joking that someday the iguana volume was going to be worth a lot of money. So on this last trip to DF I bought every volume I could find. On my return layover at DFW, I handed him a package with 20 copies. It has to be nearly every copy in Mexico City. Picked up A LOT of books on this last trip. Now have all but volumes 17 & 21 of the Indigena y Popular series, 54 of the 56 volumes. Still missing a good number of the Familiar series, though I picked up a copy of Sonora, which I really wanted. The northern states don't get much play in most Mexican cookbooks. They were doing this great series for the bicentennial where they had a magazine of recipes organized by state. Most of the states weren't available in DF, but a lot of the big name states were and I picked up several. Lots of magazines overall. I always love the various cooking magazines in Mexico. You find things there you just don't find elsewhere. Only time I've ever seen a recipe for your normal every day picadillo was in such a magazine, eg. If you look in any big name Mexican cookbook, you'll get complex fillings for chiles en nogada, but that's about it. The magazines have what people actually eat on a daily basis, dishes that I think cookbook authors often find too commonplace to include. btw, there was a great catalog of chiles in one of the editions of the Mexican archeology magazine. That will get some use. There was also an edition of the travel magazine dedicated to food trips.
  3. Okay, here are all the ones I have: 01. nahua del norte de Veracruz 03. maya de Quintana roo 04. nahua de morelos 05. guanajuatense del xoconostle 06. indigenas de la sierra norte de puebla 07. comida de los tarahumaras 09. indigena de Sonora 10. del maiz 11. indigena del sur de Veracruz 13. veracruzano de cuaresma y navidad 14. popular de campeche 15. de tamales 18. tuxteco 19. nahua de milpa alta, df 20. chinateco de Oaxaca 22. las flores en la cocina mexicana 23. bebidas y dulces tradicionales de Tabasco 24. popular de chilpancingo y tixtla 25. colimense de la iguana 26. pame de san luis potosi y queretaro 27. menonita de Chihuahua 28. de pescados y mariscos de sonora 29. aromas y sabores de Nuevo leon 30. chocholteco de Oaxaca 31. nahua de zongolica, veracruz 32. exotico de Sinaloa 34. indigena de baja California 36. indigena de guerrero 37. las atapakuas purepechas 40. viejos sabores de Tamaulipas 41. popular coleto 42. mazateco de Oaxaca 43. tradicional morelense 44. totonaco de la costa de Veracruz 45. exotica de Chiapas 46. huichol de Nayarit 47. zoque de Chiapas 48. del nopal del milpa alta, df y colima 49. de la cuachala y la birria 51. recetario mascogo de Coahuila 52. sierra gorda de queretaro 53. tepehuano de Chihuahua y Durango 54. huasteca hidalguense 55. pescado, aves, y otros animals de la region lacustre de patzcuaro, michoacan And here are the ones I'm missing: 12. veracruzano de cuaresma y navidad 16. de la costa de oaxaca 17. del estado de yucatan 21. la dulceria en puebla 33. zapoteco del istmo 35. de hongos de veracruz 38. mixe de oaxaca 39. indigena de chiapas 50. el sabor de las plantas de veracruz I can't remember if they ended up producing more than the 55.
  4. No, I went through Xalapa late on a Sunday night. They were just finishing up a big event in front of the cathedral and there were tons of people in the plaza. I assume it was something political since political events were dominating plazas everywhere that weekend.
  5. Sorry Cristina! Next time. I'm back home now. It was just a short trip, unfortunately, but I got a lot of "research" done. btw, there should be a warning for gringos how damned expensive the toll roads are in Mexico. I think I spent about 400 pesos on the road from Puebla to Veracruz. I spent about half that coming back because I wasn't in a hurry and could jump the libre for a while. Due to aggressive driving techniques learned in a youth spent mostly on video games, I was able to get by most of the semi trucks even in the curves. I wish I had left Veracruz earlier, though, so I could have stopped in some of the little towns with their roadside tiendas and queserias. Liked Xalapa a lot. Good vibe. Pleasant centro. Unfortunately it was a Sunday and a little late for anything other than churros or antojiterias serving Jaliscan favorites.
  6. Picked up some more in the Indigena y Popular series. I'll give an updated list of all the ones I own later. Also picked up some other books, though, mostly in Puebla from a book shop at 7 poniente and 3 sur (and Antojitos Tommy one block away makes some great items) that theobroma recommended. I may have gotten a couple of these elsewhere, such as the Gandhi in Coyoacan: From the Coleccion Recetarios Antigues series: * Recetario Novohispano, Anonimo, Mexico, Siglo XVIII * Recetario de Tepetitlan, Lucia Cabrera de Azcarate, Puebla, 1901 * Recetario de Mascota, Jalisco, Hildelisa Martinez de Quintero, Fines del XIX Los Quesos Mexicanos Genuinos - Patrimonio cultural que debe rescatarse -- Looks like a great reference with a histories of cheeses in Mexico and detailed descriptions of cheeses based very regionally. One of my favorite tables in the books has a few dozen cheeses with columns giving their names, their origins, the formula!!! for the cheese, and then the basic characteristics of the cheese. And then one that I'm tempted to keep for myself, but am planning to send to a friend: * Los Libros de la Cocina Mexicana, Cristina Barros
  7. Not sure mid-summer is a good time for Veracruz. Yesterday it was 95 with 80% humidity. Even the Mexicans' shirts were soaked in sweat.
  8. Another score. So after going to Tacos Gus and Tacos Hola in La Condesa, I was walking up Nuevo Leon and found this cool bookstore/cafe/music store, El Pendulo. Reminds me of Portland. And free wi-fi and World Cup. Didn't see anything on the shelves, but as I was walking out the door, I noticed a pile on the sale section with a series of books I instantly bought: Cocina Familiar for.... * Chiapas * Baja California * Baja California Sur * Nuevo Leon * Colima * Coahuila * Jalisco * Tabasco * Chihuahua * San Luis Potosi * Tamaulipas * Nayarit 25 pesos each. I think I have a couple already, but at less than $2.50 each, I'll risk it. The only question now is how I get all these on the plane. They'll fit in my bag, but I'm pretty sure it's over 50lbs now. Oh, and a tasty agua fresca del dia, pineapple with mint, I think.
  9. Yeah, probably another book of hers. I didn't look too carefully since I didn't want a softcover version. I think I had remembered wrong that it was out in paperback. Saw it today at Gandhi for about 1300 pesos. Didn't pull the trigger. I mean, $30 for the English version or $100 for the Spanish version. If the former is the same as the latter except the idioma, then I'll go with my native tongue at a third the price. Picked up some more books. Visited two different Gandhis. Decided against the Salsas book and several others in that series. There's just not enough unique about them for me to put my money there rather than elsewhere. I did pick up the Antojitos book in that series, though (the Larousse 100% Mexico series). All the items are basic, but instead of showing carnitas for the average home cook or al pastor for the average home cook -- even Mexican home cooks -- they show how it's done in taquerias with pastor on the trompo and carnitas in a big cazo de cobre. Stuff like that. Worth the $10 because of it. I also decided after looking through it to get the Chile Rellenos book. I think there are enough gems there it'll be a good one on the shelf. Otherwise, I picked up tow books that are less typical: Jairo Mejia's Cocina Mexicana del Siglo XIX and Fernando Diez de Urdanivia's Dichas y Dichos de La Gastronomia Insolita Mexicana. That latter one will probably push the limits of my (bad) Spanish, but I couldn't pass it up. I also grabbed a couple used books from the librerias near the Cathedral. I think I got gringo'd hardcore, but that's okay. Went in and asked about libros de comida mexicana. The first place grabbed four items of the shelf and two were junk, while two I ended up buying. No prices on anything. I should have offered, probably, but instead asked for the price. Something like 250 pesos. That's more than they would be new. I refused and we got down to 150 pesos for the two, which was fair, I think. The books were Patricia Gonzalez's Los Mejores Antojitos Mexicanos and Banrural's Comida Familiar en la Ciudad de Mexico. Both are in pretty good shape. The former is divided by region and there are plenty of interesting items that seem unusual to me. The second is so focused it's right up my alley. Certainly unlikely I'd find these elsewhere. That's it. I do pick up some of the little cooking magazines now and then that you see everywhere when they focus on something. I plan to check out some museum bookstores, but other than that, I'm about done, I think. Not much more room in my suitcase.
  10. The mistake was buying these books BEFORE I went on a 7 mile hike around town. This was about 1300 pesos, just over $100. The average price of the books was about 40 pesos, or under $4. That's 37 books purchased in total. Not sure where I'll fit them for the trip back. 1. nahua del norte de Veracruz 3. maya de Quintana roo 4. nahua de morelos 6. indigenas de la sierra norte de puebla 7. comida de los tarahumaras 9. (x2) indigena de Sonora 11. indigena del sur de Veracruz 13. veracruzano de cuaresma y navidad 18. tuxteco 19. nahua de milpa alta, df 20. chinateco de Oaxaca 23. bebidas y dulces tradicionales de Tabasco 24. popular de chilpancingo y tixtla 26. pame de san luis potosi y queretaro 27. menonita de Chihuahua 29. (x2) aromas y sabores de Nuevo leon 30. chocholteco de Oaxaca 31. nahua de zongolica, veracruz 32. exotico de Sinaloa 34. indigena de baja California 37. las atapakuas purepechas 40. viejos sabores de Tamaulipas 41. popular coleto 42. mazateco de Oaxaca 43. tradicional morelense 44. totonaco de la costa de Veracruz 45. exotica de Chiapas 46. huichol de Nayarit 47. zoque de Chiapas 51. recetario mascogo de Coahuila 52. sierra gorda de queretaro 53. (x2) tepehuano de Chihuahua y Durango 54. huasteca hidalguense 55. pescado, aves, y otros animals de la region lacustre de patzcuaro, michoacan Checked out Zurita's book of classics and it seemed too basic. All the chile relleno books of his were plastic wrapped so I skipped it for now. Saw Kennedy's book in soft-cover at Sanborn's. If it's at Sanborn's I'm sure it's everywhere else. I wish I knew whether the English version will be different or not. I'd much rather have the English version if they'll be fundamentally the same. I can read Spanish okay, but not to get the nuances of exacting recipes. Not sure what's on my schedule for tomorrow. My to-do list was on my brand new $200 HTC Droid Incredible that was lost/stolen today. I have a feeling it was lifted from my pocket during an especially crowded metro bus ride. Save $4 by not taking a taxi, lose $200 and a lot of notes, emails, etc, plus my ability to get a map of where I am.
  11. Awesome, thanks, Steve! You might just need to fly down and join me. Found out this AM Scott might have to bag out and eat the tickets for a project at work that just came up. Would love to get any and all recs.
  12. Hey, I'm going to be coming down to DF the 22nd. I'll be meeting Scott from DallasFood.org there a few days later and we'll probably drive to Veracruz via Puebla and loop back through Xalapa on the weekend. No real destination, just seeing what there is to see since neither of us has been to Veracruz or Xalapa. I'm sure plans could change. I may never return to the United States for all I know. However, the main point is that if anyone's down there and wants to meet up prior to Scott's arrival, I'd love to. I friended a couple of you on Facebook and may be contacting you through there, too. Part of the reason I'm coming down is research. I currently co-own a couple of restaurants here in Portland (Kenny & Zuke's, I'm Zuke). Those are doing fine now and don't need me day-to-day. So I can finally work towards something that's always been my first love: Mexican food. Currently working on a couple of ideas that depend on the available spaces. One of them is a tacos de cazuela place. So I'd love suggestions on the best of the best in DF. I'm also looking for modest-sized commercial equipment for preparing nixtamal and grinding it into masa. Lastly, I'm looking for books. Where should I go besides Gandhi? What are my chances of getting a copy of Zurita (I have a photocopied one that I got through Inter Library Loan; took me four hours to photocopy and more time to turn into a huge PDF)? I'm also looking to fill out as much of my collection of the Indigena y Popular series as possible. I have about 20 or some of them. Also looking for De tacos, tamales y tortas (which again, I only have a photocopied version of through ILL).
  13. I'd like to get that El Pan Popular. Looks like Abe Books has one in Canada that's not too expensive. I ended up using Zurita to a large extent, although it's not that detailed for pan. I went in to a few stores and just diagrammed the pastries and asked them about it. Names vary so much. Bakemark's website was actually useful, too. See here: http://www.yourbakemark.com/assets/files/b...cocho%20Mix.pdf http://www.yourbakemark.com/bakery-custome...g-magazine.html Of course, what I wrote got the hell edited out of it, so I don't know why I bothered doing the research. Thanks, all, for the help, though.
  14. I'm working on a little article for a weekly here in Portland on panaderias. Haven't been able to find a Spanish language book that's truly encyclopedic yet, though I have a couple requests into places like Libros Latinos. However, I did notice this book coming out in September: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/158008994...ASIN=1580089941 If anyone has Fany Gerson's contact info, please PM me.
  15. I think that was by design rather than a lack of organization. I think the original plan was just to have everything at the convention center. But the locals in charge decided to make it more about Portland, put it a couple blocks from the farmers market, amongst good restaurants rather than the dearth in the immediate vicinity of the convention center, and include lots of outings and less sterile venues.
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