Virtual Cookbook Club on Zoom

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Virtual Cookbook Club

If you love, or would like to love, cooking or baking, here is your opportunity to try out recipes from a variety of sources—cookbooks, magazines, or online—that work for you. Join us on Zoom for the Virtual Cookbook Club!

We meet at 6 PM on the first Monday of each month. For each meeting we will explore recipes from a featured chef, cuisine, region, or ethnic tradition. You find a dish from the featured category that you would like to try, make it, and at our monthly meeting tell the rest of the Virtual Cookbook Club about your culinary exploration. If you take pictures of it, or have the dish with you, ready to taste during our Zoom meeting, you get extra points!

For the meeting on February 1, 2021, the featured category is recipes for Mexican dishes. Take a look below at the list of recommended cookbooks you can borrow through our library system. Or choose a recipe from one of your own favorite recipe sources! Feel free to call us at 608-356-6166 if you need help locating one of the many Mexican cuisine cookbooks available through the Baraboo Public Library or the South Central Library System.

Complete the one-time registration form so we can get your name and email address. We will email you your Zoom invitation the morning of each monthly meeting. (If you already registered once, you do not need to do so again.)

Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
Bricia Lopez, Javier Cabral

The Lopez family runs Los Angeles's Guelaguetza Restaurante, the city's lauded Oaxacan hotspot. And with this cookbook, co-owner, Bricia, introduces the cuisine to a wider audience. The southern Mexican state's ingredients influence its popular dishes—like mole and barbacoa. You'll find recipes for both those (and many other dishes you'll want to bookmark), plus personal photographs and stories about the Lopez family in this book that reads like a love letter to Oaxaca. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

Mexico: The Cookbook
Margarita Carrillo Arronte

Consider Margarita Carrillo Arronte's cookbook your bible for modern Mexican cuisine. The extensive collection features more than 700 recipes for each of the country's regions, covering everything from street food and snacks to desserts. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen
Esteban Castillo

Esteban Castillo brings the same playful voice from his popular blog Chicano Eats to his debut cookbook. The Santa Ana-based blogger blends traditional Mexican fare—like tacos al pastorwith creative, original dishes, like cilantro-pesto rigatoni and guava cheesecake bars. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

My Mexico City Kitchen: Recipes and Convictions
Gabriela Cámara

With recipes as colorful and vibrant as the cultural hotspot they come from, Gabriela Cámara dishes out recipes that are both traditional and on-trend in her hometown of Mexico City. Discover food the city is famous for like Chilaquiles Verdes and Flan de Cajeta. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen
Gonzalo Guzmán

This James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award-winning comes from chef and owner of beloved restaurant Nopalito in San Francisco, Gonzalo Guzmán. With a focus on organic and sustainable ingredients, this cookbook will teach you of all the basics of traditional Mexican cuisine. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A.
Wesley Avila

Taco trucks don't mess around when it comes to flavorful, satisfying Mexican food—at least Guerrilla Tacos owner Wesley Avila's truck doesn't. The native Angeleno shares the unique recipes made from traditional Mexican ingredients that have made his taco truck an L.A. must-go. ~ Katie Bourque,, Jul 29, 2020

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook
Enrique Olvera

You may know author Enrique Olvera from Chef's Table; here he shares 100 of the Mexican food recipes close to his heart. ~ Annika Barranti Klein,

The essential cuisines of Mexico
Diana Kennedy

Don't let the name fool you. Although Diana Kennedy was born and raised in the U.K., she is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on Mexican cuisine. She's also the recipient of numerous awards, including the James Beard Award for Cookbook Hall of Fame. So if you're looking to learn from one of the greats, this particular collection of recipes, which also covers history, cultural traditions, social customs, and techniques by region, is your best bet. ~ Amanda Balagur,, April 27,2020

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition
David Sterling

Winner of several awards, including Best Cookbook of the Year and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation in 2015, this cookbook is a celebration of cuisine from Yucatán, Mexico's Southeastern region, where chef and author David Sterling runs Los Dos, a cooking school based in Mérida. Whether you're looking to impress your guests with an elaborate five-course feast or simply throw something together for a one-pot meal, there's something for everyone here. Along with the colorful photos, you'll also appreciate learning a bit about this area's history and culture. ~ Amanda Balagur,, April 27, 2020

The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites
Deborah Schneider

Mexican cuisine—like many others—often requires a ton of prep work and many different steps. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find “set it and forget it” recipes, like this comprehensive collection of classics from Deborah Schneider. The contents are separated into five main sections: soups; mains and guisados (aka stews); street food favorites; basics; rice, beans, and other sides; and desserts. From menudo to enchiladas to flan with caramel, you’ll be surprised and delighted by how many dishes from south of the border you can make in your slow cooker. ~ Amanda Balagur,, April 27,2020

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