Last week I received a copy of Edson Diaz Fuentes first cookbook, “Ciudad de México”. Edson is a fellow Mexican, born and raised in Mexico City. He has been living in London since 2014 together with his wife and two children. He is the owner and head chef of the well renowned Mexican restaurant Santo Remedio in London Bridge where we have eaten a few times.
Edson has been in the Mexican culinary scene for many years and it was no surprise to hear about his new cookbook. He is a passionate chef in love with our Mexican heritage and in his new book “Ciudad de México” one can realised the passion for the Mexican recipes that he grew up with.
As a Mexican living abroad, I can definitely relate to some of the food stories he mentions on his book. I, like him, also grew up in a family where food plays an important part in the day-to-day living. So, cooking those recipes that our grandmas or mums cooked for us while growing up in Mexico is something that every Mexican love doing. They always take us back to Mexico and fill our hearts with lovely family memories of beautiful and very noisy gatherings.
In “Mexico City” cookbook one can find recipes that are quite famous and popular in the great Mexican capital, from basic recipes like sofritos or adobos to delicious dishes like mole de olla or pescado a la talla, all and all a wonderful repertoire of Mexican recipes for either beginners or more experience cooks.
What I love the most about the recipes Edson present us on his cookbook is the flexibility on each recipe when it comes to buying ingredients, he mentioned in his book that “the aim of the book is to inspire us rather to impose on us the tyranny of following recipes to the letter”, something that totally agree with, I always use substitutes when I’m cooking my Mexican family recipes.
The photography in the book is beautiful, because it sets the background to the recipes he wrote. Amazing pictures of the Mexico City markets, shops, restaurants and people transport us to the great Tenochtitlán.
As some final words I just want to congratulate Edson for the release of his new cookbook for his dedication and passion on what he does and for showing British people the beauty of our Mexican gastronomy.
Mexican Food Memories
You can order the book here.
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