bookMexicanFlavorsMexican Flavors is your chance to learn about contemporary Mexican cuisine from a master teacher, Hugh Carpenter. Hundreds of North Americans have traveled to San Miguel to cook with Hugh during the six-day seminars that he runs with his wife, Teri Sandison, during the winter months. The recipes are based on Hugh’s cooking school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a famous artist community located in the high mountain country north of Mexico City.

Mexican Flavors includes classic recipes such as Guacamole, Tortilla Soup, and Barbecue Chicken with Mole Sauce. But there are many gastronomic surprises such as Banana Salsa, Quesadillas with Papaya and Brie, Barbecued Caesar Salad with Chile Croutons, and Fallen Kahlua Chocolate Cake. The recipes use a wide range of seasonings to achieve innovative flavors with a Mexican flair—all from ingredients available at every American supermarket. Throughout the book, Hugh is at your side showing you easy preparation and cooking techniques, what can be completed in advance, and in page-after-page illuminating the techniques, the history, and the unique flavors of Mexican cuisine.

"Imagine, two fabulous artists in one book! Hugh, with his creativity exiting south of the border, his cookery on a new trail, and Teri, with her fabulous, evocative photography. An absolute winner! An absolute ‘must' to add to our collection of treasures."—Margrit Mondavi

In Mexican Flavors, three special sections show an innovative approach to some of Mexico’s most famous dishes. Chile Rellenos are filled with Pulled Pork, or a Pine Nut Goat Cheese Herb stuffing, and then smoked on the barbecue. Tacos and tostadas are deconstructed so that even those new to Mexican cuisine can create their own masterpiece. And enchiladas, with their fillings of duck, shrimp, or shiitake mushrooms are a Master Class on failsafe ways to create perfection.

Acclaimed as a food photographer, Teri Sandison brings the recipes to life with stunning food photographs. She shows equal skills capturing the mood of San Miguel through shots of everyday life, festivals, market scenes, and cooking class action shots.

Visit San Miguel, a UNESCO World Heritage city, through the lens of Teri’s camera. Open Mexican Flavors and step into the life of San Miguel de Allende. Walk through the farmer’s markets. People-watch on the Jardin. See behind the doors of old colonial homes, and attend the cooking classes at Camp San Miguel. Let Master cooking teacher Hugh Carpenter lead you on a delicious adventure with new approaches to Mexican cuisine that can be easily reproduced in any American kitchen.

Chapter 1: Flavor Building Blocks
Chapter 2: Core Recipes
Chapter 3: Appetizers Set the Stage—The Opening Act
Chapter 4: Salad Surprises from Barbecued Caesar to Spicy Watermelon
- Taco and Tostado Creations – a 2- to 4-page spread
Chapter 5: Complex Tasting Soups Inspired by Mexico
Chapter 6: Seafood Inspired by Mexico’s Coast
- The Triumph of Chile Rellenos – a 2- to 4-page spread
Chapter 7: Bold Flavors with Mexican Poultry and Meat
Chapter 8: Side Dishes with Contemporary Twists
Chapter 9: Desserts to Win Friends
Chapter 10: Libations to Heighten Dinner Conversations

8 x 10 inches
180 pages
115 recipes
18 full-color food photographs
Many color design elements
Color and black-and-white shots of San Miguel and students cooking

Publication date
August 2014