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

Guerra, Melissa

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ISBN 10: 0764558927 / ISBN 13: 9780764558924
Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2006
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover binding is clean and holding tight with light wear to the board corners. The interior and text are clean and unmarked. The dustjacket remains unclipped ($29.95) and is bright, attractive, and whole. NOT ex-lib. A clean, solid copy in jacket. Illustrated. xiv, 273pp. Bookseller Inventory # 006811

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Title: Dishes from the Wild Horse Desert: Norteno ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Explore the authentic flavors of TRUE TEX-MEX cooking
"Ideals nourish the spirits, but food sustains the body that houses that spirit. Food keeps the spirit alive. The Wild Horse Desert provided very little for the people that roamed and settled this harsh, hot land. Yet, they survived, and in time, flourished. Their dreams tamed the desert."
--Melissa Guerra

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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 norteño 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 norteño cooking.

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