Dishes From the Wild Horse Desert: Norteno Cooking of South Texas

Dishes From the Wild Horse Desert: Norteño Cooking of South Texas showcases this unique cuisine. Here inside you will find 120 recipes, plus stories and photos that reflect the picturesque Wild Horse Desert and its cuisine. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 273 pages. 

Copyright: 2006 

Publisher: Wiley 

Author: Melissa Guerra 

ISBN: 9780764558924

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Description: The Wild Horse Desert country of South Texas is home to a unique culinary culture. Based on northern Mexican or norteño cooking, but influenced by Anglo and German settlers as well as the region's searing heat and abundant wild game, it is true Tex-Mex cuisine at its purest and most delicious -- the food that has sustained generations of ranchers and vaqueros. 

Melissa Guerra grew up on a Wild Horse Desert ranch that has been her family's home for eight generations, and she has devoted her career to preserving the region's distinctive culinary traditions and lore. This extraordinary cookbook gathers together more than 120 authentic recipes, along with stories, sidebars, and photographs that brilliantly evoke the spirit of the Wild Horse Desert, its cooking, and its culture. 

Inside the book, you'll find the original versions of favorite Tex-Mex dishes such as Chile con Carne, Fajitas, Enchiladas, Puffy Tacos, Chiles Rellenos, Refried Beans, and Flan, along with cowboy classics like Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy, and Biscuits. Guerra not only explains how to cook these dishes the authentic way, but accompanies each recipe with a fascinating bit of history or an amusing family anecdote. She also shares some of the local specialties that give the region its unique flavor such as Buttered Quail, Roasted Kid Goat, Beef Stew with Cactus, Speckled Trout Ceviche, and Pumpkin Seed Brittle. 

Throughout the book, Guerra offers tips and shortcuts (for example, how to add mesquite flavor to a gas or charcoal grill), but she also describes the original, age-old techniques of norteno cooking. You'll discover how to work with dried chiles, remove the thorns from a prickly pear cactus, create South Texas beef jerky, make your own tortillas, and even grind your own cornmeal! 

Illustrated with more than seventy-five evocative photos, including eight pages in full color, Dishes from the Wild Horse Desert is the definitive guide to the flavors of South Texas -- a book that brings to life the true glories of norteno cooking. 


Condition: Good condition. 

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