So this is an interesting story.
A good friend of mines’ brother, recently got married. I’ve met the cat a couple of times, but never had a super deep or long conversation with him, but I’m relatively close to his brother and his brothers fiance.
We have talked about cooking before so he knows I like to cook, and he’s way better at it that I am.
So apparently, for his wedding, living up north and knowing the chef who owns the restaurant this book is named after, he and his wife had the restaurant cater the wedding. As a pretty cool move, the bride and groom wanted to give their guest a gift and a signed copy of this book was that gift.
Even better. Knowing that I enjoy to cook, he set one aside for me!
The book, Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen by Gonzalo Guzmán (Author), Stacy Adimando
The true spirit, roots, and flavors of regional Mexican cooking—from Puebla, Mexico City, Michoacán, the Yucatán, and beyond–come alive in this cookbook from Gonzalo Guzman, head chef at San Francisco restaurant Nopalito. Inspired by food straight from the sea and the land, Guzman transforms simple ingredients, such as masa and chiles, into bright and flavor-packed dishes. – AMAZON
A collection of 100 recipes for regional Mexican food from the popular San Francisco restaurant.
This book, is awesome. I’ve had this book about two weeks and I’ve already tried three things in the book to varying success.
I will add, this isn’t a beginner cookbook. There are some techniques in here that you need to know what you are doing, and there are some ingredients that you will not be able to get at a local chain grocery store.
This book challenges you to try new flavors, and to get those flavors, you are going to have to shop at some different stores than you are used to….well, unless you are like me and hit up your local Vallarta on a very regular basis!
It’s chock full of beautiful images and well thought out recipes.
Side note, I have a lady friend that chimed in on this book when I shared it on the social media saying that its her favorite restaurant in San Francisco. I’m kind of sweet on her. I gotta get a recipe or two down pat and invite her over!
But, besides that, as you know I’m a cookbook dude and have a lot of them. Well, a marginal amount at least. Probably 20 or so. But, I use them on a very regular basis. I’m cracking at least two of them a week, and this book is nudging itself up to the top of the list already.
I like everything about this book.
If you’ve got some free time on your hands, check out this podcast from few years ago where Chef Guzman (Nopalito), sits down with Rebecca Goberstein for MENU STORIES, and audio story platform based in San Francisco that talks with the people behind the restaurants in the area.