The 10 Best Mexican Cookbooks that Celebrate the Mexican Cuisine 🥑

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Mexican Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Delicious Mexican recipes from the exciting Mexican kitchen 🌮

One of the best ways to learn about the culture of some countries is by learning more about cuisine, and what better way to learn about traditional Mexican cuisine than by going through a new Mexican cookbook? Most people are familiar with some of their most famous dishes, like Tacos al pastor or Enchiladas, but very few know about some authentic Mexican recipes that date back centuries. That is why ordering a new Mexican cookbook should be the first thing to do, and this guide on the top 10 new Mexican cookbooks should come in handy.

We present you the top 10 best Mexican cookbooks that will make your kitchen explode with intense flavors from Mexican food! 👇


1. Trejos Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Everything I’ve made so far has been delicious. This book has high replay value. If you love Mexican, you should already own this book. I love you, Danny. Thank you,” -Larry.

Review 📖

If you are looking for a Mexican cookbook full of simple but authentic recipes that you can prepare quickly, then Trejo’s one with 75 recipes for cantina favorites is the best choice you can make.

About the Author ✍️

Many people will recognize Danny Trejo from various movies he played in, but not all know that he is also a restaurateur and runs eight restaurants. He has learned much from his mother, a passionate cook who wrote one of the best Mexican cookbooks.


2. Mexican Cookbook: The Complete Mexican Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Cooking Mexican food doesn’t need to be time-consuming or difficult, but looking at the selection of spices alone can be terrifying for someone new to Mexican cuisine. Now, the best way to avoid such situations is by picking the right Mexican cookbook, and this one is probably one of the best for newbies. A simple introduction chapter, easy-to-follow tips, and some of the best authentic flavorful Mexican dishes will make everyone be like a chief of a renowned Mexican restaurant.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Great taste of Mexico, some fantastic recipes” -Philip Stevenson

About the Author ✍️

A great passion for Mexican food drives Mark Stone, the author of this cookbook, as since he was a child, he has shown great interest in his grandma’s cooking. In this cookbook, you can find everything he learned from her, combined with his vast experience working in many established restaurants.


3. The Art of Mexican Cooking

Why We Love It ❤️

The first edition of this amazing Mexican cookbook was published more than 30 years ago. But, thanks to more than 200 unique Mexican recipes and illustrations, it is one of the must-have books every Mexican cuisine lover needs to own.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“If you wish to cook Mexican food and do it well, this is probably the only cookbook you need; the delicious recipes are easy to understand, and following the regional and cultural information is a nice touch” -Amazon Customer.

About the Author ✍️

Diana Kennedy has been learning about Mexican cuisine for fifty years and has written some of the best Mexican cookbooks. Her efforts to preserve the Mexican tradition were recognized even by the Mexican government, so she is a proud owner of the highest honor, the order of the Aztec Eagle.


4. Mexico: The Beautiful Cookbook

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Our family recipes, handed down through the ages, were very similar, with an enhancement or modification here and there. An excellent book” -Tee

Review 📖

This one is more for those with a bit more cooking experience, as even though the tips and guides are precise and concise, the variation of the classic dishes is a bit more complicated to follow. Of course, you can test your chef skills, as there are some authentic delicious recipes from all the parts of sweet Mexico that you cannot find anywhere. The photos of the dishes and informative guide on the history of authentic Mexican dishes and all that packed in a beautifully designed cookbook cover are just some reasons why this cookbook should be your to-go option.

About the Author ✍️

Susanna Palazuelo is one of the most famous Mexican chefs and a wedding organizer, and this cookbook on Mexican cuisine is just one of her many masterpieces.


5. The Mexican Vegetarian Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Who can say that you cannot find anything in Mexican cuisine for vegetarians with this exemplary Mexican cookbook? There are many variations of authentic Mexican dishes, combined with delicious recipes created in a Mexican way for vegetarians. Vegetables can be tasty too, and all you need is the right traditional home-style recipes, and this is the best place to find them because there are 400 recipes for vegetarians in this Mexican cookbook.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Lots of great and easy-to-follow recipes.” -Amazon Reader

About the Author ✍️

There isn’t much about Mexican food that Margarita Carrillo Arronte doesn’t know, and her 35-year-long career supports this claim.


6. Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook

Why We Love It ❤️

In this must-have Mexican cookbook, we can find a hundred recipes that can be easily prepared, thanks to easy instructions and many high-quality photographs.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“Extremely impressed with the format and content. The recipes don’t appear to be complicated, yet they look exciting and creative. Also, happy with the mix of vegetarian and meat dishes. The pictures are beautiful, as well as the use of white space and font”-Nick.

About the Author ✍️

The rising talent in the Mexican culinary world, Enrique Olvera, is changing how the whole world looks at Mexican cuisine and making it much closer to them. Together with well-known Mexican food writer Peter Meehan and chef and swimmer Daniela Soto-Innes, Enrique Olvera created one of the best Mexican cookbooks.


7. Tacos: Recipes and Provocations

Why We Love It ❤️

You don’t mess with certain things in life, and that’s Tacos for Mexicans as it is one of their favorite and most treasured authentic dishes. Yes, there are many ways to prepare Tacos, but there are also right and wrong ways to do so, and with this cookbook, you’ll find out all about that. Create Tacos from scratch, as it is about the tortillas as much as it is about salsa and flavor infusions.

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“The salsa recipes alone are worth buying the book for, like the Cape Gooseberry salsa on page 83.” -Patrick Collins

About the Author ✍️

This masterpiece on Tacos was created by superstar chef Alex Stupak, and Jordana Rothman will leave no Mexican food lover indifferent, as this cookbook has something for everyone, and it’s ideally captured with the work of Evan Sung, an American photographer who’s been working in several American cookbooks (check out our guide on the Best American Cookbooks).


8. ¡Buen Provecho!: Traditional Mexican Flavors from My Cocina to Yours

Review 📖

If you are searching for the best Mexican recipe for any occasion, easy to follow and made with healthy ingredients, then search no more, as this Mexican cookbook has it all. It is full of illustrations and is great even for amateurs who want to try Mexican cuisine for the first time in their lives.

About the Author ✍️

Although now living in California, Erica Sanchez lived in sweet Mexico until she was 8, and she inherited her love of cooking from her mother and grandmother. She is now a famous Mexican food stylist, recipe developer, and the leader of the popular and awarded cooking website.


9. Tex-Mex Cookbook:

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“All around a great book. Ford Frye is an ATL gem – so happy to buy a few copies.” -Zack

Review 📖

Those in search of more than just a Mexican cookbook will be glad to know that this one offers a variety of recipes, but above all that, it offers a complete guide and insight into Mexican Heritage with a pinch of a history of the cuisine. The recipes are easy to follow and making any Mexican dishes should no longer be an issue; you can also find some interesting suggestions and variations so that you can easily experiment a bit.

About the Author ✍️

A mix of great education, experience, and personal skills is what separates Ford Fry from the rest, and this Mexican cookbook shows that perfectly.


10. Provecho: 100 Vegan Mexican Recipes to Celebrate Culture and Community

Why We Love It ❤️

Many dishes can be prepared without meat and still be as tasty as them, or even more. Because of that, this vegan Mexican cookbook is the best choice for every vegan, vegetarian, or anyone who wants to try some healthy alternatives (check out our guide on the Best Black Vegan Cookbooks).

What the Readers Are Saying 👂

“When Mexican dishes are prepared, mindful of vegan guests.” -Linton

About the Author ✍️

Since Edgar Castrejón became a vegetarian at college, he searched for versions of popular Mexican meals that can be prepared without meat but are still tasteful so his family could enjoy them. Thanks to that, he became one of the most popular writers of vegan Mexican cookbooks, Mexican food stylists, and recipe developers.


Final Thoughts

Everything in Mexican cuisine is deeply rooted in their culture, which is why they cherish their Mexican recipes so much. People from all over the world are thankful for some unique and delicious dishes, and even though most of their famous dishes are considered street Mexican food, the meaning of Tacos, for example, is much bigger in Mexico. We can spend hours talking and discussing the preparation process, the type of Mexican food, seasonings, and spices used in Mexican cuisine and still forget to mention something. All that speaks volumes about the overall importance and how big of a role Mexican food has in Mexican culture. Above everything else, preparing an authentic Mexican dish will make traditional Mexican cooking more interesting, as you will learn something new. There are several techniques and styles that you can apply to prepare various other dishes, and mixing recipes and experimenting is always highly recommended. It is the only way to grow as a chef and the only way to create some unique recipes on your own.

In the end, the best way to understand how popular Mexican cuisine is is by looking at how many Mexican cookbooks there are. Of course, we tried to help you with your search, and these ten Mexican cookbooks listed above should be of vast help, as the list contains both cookbooks for those with more and less experience.


Mexican recipes

Everything from Mexican street food to stylish dinner parties is included in Mexican cuisine. Even though everyone knows about Mexican fast food, Carne Asada, Cochinita Pibil, and Pozole Rojo are also something you shouldn’t miss out on. On the other hand, preparing any dish on your own simply tastes a bit better, yet another reason why getting yourself a Mexican cookbook should be a must. There are so many authentic Mexican recipes, and the only way to truly understand cooking Mexican cuisine is by preparing those dishes on your own.

Mexican cuisine

Mexican cuisine is extremely popular around the world, thanks to tasteful dishes that can easily be prepared in our homes. It is a unique mixture of the traditions of the native Indians and the influences of the Spanish conquistadors that cannot leave anyone indifferent. Mexican food lovers from all over the world choose sweet Mexico as one of their favorite holiday destinations, and thanks to the variety of dishes they have, there is always something new to try. Every meal is full of flavors, and thanks to the healthy ingredients that Mexican people use, there is a perfect meal even for the pickiest people.

Mexican cooking

Besides the techniques we use every day, such as grilling, boiling, and frying, Mexican cuisine has two more that some people might not be familiar with. If you want to prepare authentic Mexican cooking, using molcajete is the best way and easier than it looks. Molcajete is a mortar and pestle made of volcanic rock, and it is used to cook food under pressure thanks to two parts – the basin/mortar and the Tejolote, or grinder/pestle. Another popular technique is on the stove, where we use a large steaming pot and let all the ingredients and spices simmer all day to achieve the best flavors.

Mexican Ingredients

Mexican people use various ingredients and spices to achieve the amazing taste of their Mexican food, but the three main ingredients that make us think about this cuisine are corn, beans, and chili. When it comes to spices, Mexican people love spicy food, so the most popular ones are chili powder, cumin, garlic, and other spicy ones. They use various types of meat, and as good Central Americans (check out our guide on the Best Central American Cookbooks), it is impossible to imagine a meal without vegetables such as rice, tomatoes, and peppers.



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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. He loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and he has never looked back since. He enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When he’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world.

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