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Tex-Mex is a delicious, irreverent cuisine that combines the deep traditions of Texan and Mexican cooking. Think meaty stews, breakfast tacos, and tres leches cake. Home cooks will learn how to make them all—in addition to crunchy salads, slow-cooked meats, and fresh cocktails—in this collection of more than 100 recipes from San Antonio native and Los Angeles chef and rest Tex-Mex is a delicious, irreverent cuisine that combines the deep traditions of Texan and Mexican cooking. Think meaty stews, breakfast tacos, and tres leches cake. Home cooks will learn how to make them all—in addition to crunchy salads, slow-cooked meats, and fresh cocktails—in this collection of more than 100 recipes from San Antonio native and Los Angeles chef and restauranteur Josef Centeno. Organized into chapters by type of food—including breakfast, vegetables, main courses, desserts, and a super nacho party—this is down-home cooking and grilling at its most inspiring. Presented in a colorful package with more than 100 food and atmospheric photos, this cookbook is a hands-on winner for anyone who loves big flavors, casual parties, and firing up the grill.


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Tex-Mex is a delicious, irreverent cuisine that combines the deep traditions of Texan and Mexican cooking. Think meaty stews, breakfast tacos, and tres leches cake. Home cooks will learn how to make them all—in addition to crunchy salads, slow-cooked meats, and fresh cocktails—in this collection of more than 100 recipes from San Antonio native and Los Angeles chef and rest Tex-Mex is a delicious, irreverent cuisine that combines the deep traditions of Texan and Mexican cooking. Think meaty stews, breakfast tacos, and tres leches cake. Home cooks will learn how to make them all—in addition to crunchy salads, slow-cooked meats, and fresh cocktails—in this collection of more than 100 recipes from San Antonio native and Los Angeles chef and restauranteur Josef Centeno. Organized into chapters by type of food—including breakfast, vegetables, main courses, desserts, and a super nacho party—this is down-home cooking and grilling at its most inspiring. Presented in a colorful package with more than 100 food and atmospheric photos, this cookbook is a hands-on winner for anyone who loves big flavors, casual parties, and firing up the grill.

30 review for Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen (Mexican Food Cookbooks, Tex-Mex Cooking, Mexican and Spanish Recipes)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    Look out Hotter-than-the-Sun-Bobby-Flay! Armed with this gorgeous cookbook I will be outcooking you in no time! The recipes are approachable, the ingredients easy to obtain and the results amazing! Thank you to Josef Centero and Betty Hallock, Chronicle Books, and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    This cookbook has fresh new innovating recipes for people who love to cook Mexican. The pictures are vibrant, colourful and your mouth will water when you see them. For every course there is a multi recipes and I can't wait to start cooking with this book. One minus some ingredients are hard or harder to get. There for this book gets 4 points! This is a ARC from the publisher via Netgalley, which I got for an honest review. This cookbook has fresh new innovating recipes for people who love to cook Mexican. The pictures are vibrant, colourful and your mouth will water when you see them. For every course there is a multi recipes and I can't wait to start cooking with this book. One minus some ingredients are hard or harder to get. There for this book gets 4 points! This is a ARC from the publisher via Netgalley, which I got for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I need this book in my kitchen right now! It's not released until 10/1/2019 so the best I could do was pre order it and I can't wait. Rick Bayless is my go-to guy for Mexican cuisine, but hold the phone, Josef Centeno just stepped in. 3 reasons I'm in love with this cookbook: 1. The photographs are amazing! 2. The recipes (I know this should be #1, but the pictures are really great). I love Tex-Mex and as the author stated, Tex-Mex is something that continues to evolve. He has provided traditional I need this book in my kitchen right now! It's not released until 10/1/2019 so the best I could do was pre order it and I can't wait. Rick Bayless is my go-to guy for Mexican cuisine, but hold the phone, Josef Centeno just stepped in. 3 reasons I'm in love with this cookbook: 1. The photographs are amazing! 2. The recipes (I know this should be #1, but the pictures are really great). I love Tex-Mex and as the author stated, Tex-Mex is something that continues to evolve. He has provided traditional recipes mixed in with those that are new. The recipes are approachable without being intimidating and ingredients that shouldn't be too hard to find. The directions are easy to follow with terminology that's understandable. 3. His story. He tells about who he is and all those that have special significance in his life, like Ama. He pays homage to those that paved the way before him and you know he cooks from the heart. After I read the last page I felt like I could have a beer and a few tacos with Mr. Centeno. Thank you NetGalley, Josef Centeno, Betty Hallock, and Chronicle Books for an advance copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Audrianna Thompson

    Ohhh my goodness. This cookbook is a foodie's dream!! Not only are the photos mouth watering, but the instructions and recipes are perfection. I really enjoyed reading through each piece and have a new motivation for cooking! Who's going to win at family dinner? This girl!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thi Winn

    I was given an ARC PDF of Ama in exchange for a candid review. I truly enjoyed this cookbook. The photographs are very crisp and beautiful. The recipes and instructions are easy to follow and clear. I thought it was a very sweet idea to include the mentions from TX to family throughout the book for certain recipes and/or ingredients. I am definitely planning on trying out some of these recipes!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Amá A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock I miss Mexican food and do my best to make it here in Lebanon. I learned to make authentic tortillas from a woman in Saudi Arabia, learned to make salsa from a Mexican cookbook to serve to an embassy friend missing home and I have enjoyed reading and eating food from south of the border for years. I have more than one Mexican and Tex-Mex cookbook in my collection but NONE of them have the varied recipes using so many tasty ingredients Amá A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock I miss Mexican food and do my best to make it here in Lebanon. I learned to make authentic tortillas from a woman in Saudi Arabia, learned to make salsa from a Mexican cookbook to serve to an embassy friend missing home and I have enjoyed reading and eating food from south of the border for years. I have more than one Mexican and Tex-Mex cookbook in my collection but NONE of them have the varied recipes using so many tasty ingredients as this one does. In fact, as I began reading I immediately wrote to my daughter (a foodie) to tell her about this book suggesting that she should see if she can find it. Sadly I won’t be able to find all of the ingredients where I live BUT I might be able to find substitutions and approximate the recipes. I certainly hope so. In addition to the recipes there is a great deal of family history that enriches this book. We learn of generations past that the author remembers fondly while sharing their recipes and history. What I liked: * The history of the author, his restaurants and family’s * The ease of reading the recipes and feeling I could recreate the recipes if the ingredients were available * The flavors that popped in my mind as I read through the book * Being reminded of home and eating out decades ago in Los Angeles * Seeing twists on recipes I make now or have made in the past using Centeno’s family seasonings and recipes Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I buy it for myself or others? Yes Which recipes would I want to try first? Perhaps some of the salsas, desserts and mixed drinks and I have to say I am fascinated by the idea of using beer in cooking beans. Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Tex-Mex is diverse. B ÁmaBar Áma finds inspiration from regional Mexican cuisine and beyond, with influences from the American South, Ger­many, Poland, and Morocco. Tex- Mex isn't authentic. The only thing authentic about Tex-Mex is that it isn’ I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Tex-Mex is diverse. B ÁmaBar Áma finds inspiration from regional Mexican cuisine and beyond, with influences from the American South, Ger­many, Poland, and Morocco. Tex- Mex isn't authentic. The only thing authentic about Tex-Mex is that it isn’t authentic: It evolves and adapts. Tex-Mex is delicious. Think meaty stews, breakfast tacos, and tres leches cake. Home cooks will learn how to make them all—in addition to crunchy salads, slow-cooked meats, and fresh cocktails—in this collection of more than 100 recipes from San Antonio native and Los Angeles chef and restauranteur Josef Centeno. This cookbook is a hands-on winner for anyone who loves big flavours, casual parties, and firing up the grill. I love Mexican and Tex-Mex but I am spoiled as I have an incredible authentic Mexican restaurant around the corner from me that also serves some of the best INDIAN food in the city as well. (I am not kidding!) I love cooking and I bookmarked so many recipes in this book it is insane! (I am allergic to cilantro so it is hard for me to eat our in Mexican restaurants - with this book I can eat safely by doing my own cooking.) The recipes are wonderfully written and the photos divine - if you want to make some amazing Tex-Mex this is the book for you. (BTW, dear readers, a larder is a pantry.) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🌮 🌯 🥑 🌯 🌮

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Do not miss the wonderful historical information contained in the Introduction. We learn facts about Tex-Mex cooking, where it came from and some interesting information about Josef Centeno's ancestors. You will read the life story of Ama, whom the book is named after. There is a quick note and explanation of Chiles. Their names and uses are explained further on in the recipes. Ama cookbook contains some wonderful dressings and vinaigrettes, that can be used in various ways. Pickled products, pre Do not miss the wonderful historical information contained in the Introduction. We learn facts about Tex-Mex cooking, where it came from and some interesting information about Josef Centeno's ancestors. You will read the life story of Ama, whom the book is named after. There is a quick note and explanation of Chiles. Their names and uses are explained further on in the recipes. Ama cookbook contains some wonderful dressings and vinaigrettes, that can be used in various ways. Pickled products, preserves and various salsas that may become favorites. Their are so many Breakfast entrees you will want to try. Delicious looking seafood, you will not know which to make first. The desserts look are out of this world. The images are very well done. They not only add beautiful color to this book, but are mouth watering. You cannot wait to try these dishes. This cookbook is a wonderful addition to any ones kitchen, who loves big flavors, nacho parties, grilling and wonderful Tex-Mex cooking. I received a complementary copy of this beautiful book from Chronicle Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    The recipes look to die for in the photographs, which are bright, colorful and can make you drool puddles. The recipes, however, for me, are too much. They call for so many ingredients that for one, I don't keep in the house and if I did, I would waste so much money because I would never use them again. This was not for me, but I am sure someone else would enjoy it. #Texmex #Netgalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    It may be that it is the pandemic that has made this book such a hit at our house. We have always loved chili peppers in our kitchen and we had a goodly supply of them before we picked this book up, but needless to day, a trip to the Mexican grocery was a necessary early step in getting really in to this book. We sent our youngest to brave the COVID world, wearing a mask and having a pocketful of hand sanitizer. There were almost no shoppers, a very helpful clerk, and an odyssey of fresh and dri It may be that it is the pandemic that has made this book such a hit at our house. We have always loved chili peppers in our kitchen and we had a goodly supply of them before we picked this book up, but needless to day, a trip to the Mexican grocery was a necessary early step in getting really in to this book. We sent our youngest to brave the COVID world, wearing a mask and having a pocketful of hand sanitizer. There were almost no shoppers, a very helpful clerk, and an odyssey of fresh and dried chilis to work with. My spouse made the Amá spice mix, which almost made us abandon ship it was so pungent. Maybe do this outdoors if you can manage it. Then we plunged in. The Spanish rice and Borracho Beans are very easy to make and delicious. One of the early dishes was the Tumeric-Ginger Chicken Fajitas, which were both unusual and spectacularly delicious. We know we had a keeper and we did not look back. At this point we have made more than a quarter of the dishes and no end in sight.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Corral

    This Tex-Mex cookbook did not really win me over. On the plus side, the photographs look delicious and I would happily try any recipe from this book that someone cooked for me. The dishes are very much from scratch and use a lot of spice and peppers. There is a fried chicken recipe I’m dying to taste, and a chicken fried steak recipe which you rarely see in cookbooks these days. On the minus side, these dishes are from scratch. The ingredient lists are long, and although mostly consisting of spice This Tex-Mex cookbook did not really win me over. On the plus side, the photographs look delicious and I would happily try any recipe from this book that someone cooked for me. The dishes are very much from scratch and use a lot of spice and peppers. There is a fried chicken recipe I’m dying to taste, and a chicken fried steak recipe which you rarely see in cookbooks these days. On the minus side, these dishes are from scratch. The ingredient lists are long, and although mostly consisting of spices, there are also several different chiles and peppers required that are not always easy to obtain. I have had issues finding some of these peppers even living in a big city with easy access to Mexican supermarkets. It would have been very helpful to have a list of substitutions and/or similar types of peppers for options so a cook who is unfamiliar with the types (or has no access to them) could still attempt a particular recipe. Several recipes also take a great deal of time to create, and it would be helpful if time estimates were provided for cooks who are unfamiliar with this type of cooking. Most recipes call for many pots and pans, and several burners going at once. Small kitchen operators should be careful. That said, if you are a cook who is experienced in Tex-Mex or Latin cooking and are looking for a gorgeous cookbook with from-scratch recipes, I would say this is for you. My comments are not serious complaints, only warnings that this book is not for beginners and requires access to some possibly hard to get ingredients. Every single photo in the book looks scrumptious (wait until you see the desserts!) but the time involved in cooking these dishes – not to mention the clean up from all the pots and pans – makes this a no for my cookbook shelf. But if someone else wants to cook these recipes and have me over for a meal, I will be there with bells on. Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC given in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Houle

    Having lived in the southwest for a large part of our relationship, one of the things my other half and I miss the most now that we live back in New England is the food. I was so thrilled to find this cookbook because it has so many of the foods we knew and loved when we lived out that way. The book is based on recipes from Bar Ama's menu, "a neighborhood restaurant— a small, noisy, friendly Tex-Mex joint, not in Texas but in the center of downtown Los Angeles, next to an alley off of Fourth Stre Having lived in the southwest for a large part of our relationship, one of the things my other half and I miss the most now that we live back in New England is the food. I was so thrilled to find this cookbook because it has so many of the foods we knew and loved when we lived out that way. The book is based on recipes from Bar Ama's menu, "a neighborhood restaurant— a small, noisy, friendly Tex-Mex joint, not in Texas but in the center of downtown Los Angeles, next to an alley off of Fourth Street." The recipes are inspired by the owner's Ama's recipes. There's family tradition and history explained, which makes the entire cookbook all that much more fun and interesting. Anyone who reads my cookbook reviews regularly knows that I often give/take stars based on a few specific checklist points. This book does not have nutritional breakdowns, so that would normally get it a -1 star from me; however, that is countered by the family history and the photographs that make every single recipe look mouth watering. I'm excited to try out so many recipes in this cookbook.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Ama by Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September. The mottled white stucco and light tilework backdrop makes everything near it look fresh and airy. This is all about Tex Mex cuisine (with themes of breakfast, veg, family meals, party food, and desserts) served in LA, seeped deep in the Centeno’s family history with page-edge aligned recipe titles, a preamble to promote and define it, then a vertical ingredient list and instructions. I gravitated especi Ama by Josef Centeno & Betty Hallock is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September. The mottled white stucco and light tilework backdrop makes everything near it look fresh and airy. This is all about Tex Mex cuisine (with themes of breakfast, veg, family meals, party food, and desserts) served in LA, seeped deep in the Centeno’s family history with page-edge aligned recipe titles, a preamble to promote and define it, then a vertical ingredient list and instructions. I gravitated especially toward dry salsa and torrada constituted with oil, chicken soup garnished with toasted sesame seeds, familiar and unfamiliar dishes alike brightened by a veg, sour, or pickly element; carne guisada, oi, a nudge toward heaven; spiced-up Tex Mex Caesar salad; sautéing Mexican rice before boiling it, ala Rice-a-roni; amazeballs turmeric ginger chicken and curry chili pork roast; and freshly-baked fennel-scented conchas.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Hallam

    I am so hungry right now! I love Mexican food but here in the UK it's pretty limited so the best thing is to make it yourself. This book is a bit of a revelation, I had no idea that Tex-Mex was influenced from so many different places. The stories about the food are really interesting, especially the little reminiscences by the authors. The pictures look great, I really like to see what a dish is supposed to look like and the instructions are clear and straightforward. I want to get right to the I am so hungry right now! I love Mexican food but here in the UK it's pretty limited so the best thing is to make it yourself. This book is a bit of a revelation, I had no idea that Tex-Mex was influenced from so many different places. The stories about the food are really interesting, especially the little reminiscences by the authors. The pictures look great, I really like to see what a dish is supposed to look like and the instructions are clear and straightforward. I want to get right to the kitchen and get cooking. There is one minor issue though and that is some of the ingredients may not be easy to get hold of here in England. However, this is what google was invented for - sourcing alternatives or ordering from specialists.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    Thank you to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved, loved, loved this cookbook! Well structured chapters, drop-dead gorgeous photos, do-able recipes with some more complex dishes as well, and interspersed with wonderful stories and personal history of the author's family, which shaped his view of food and cooking. I am enormously sad that I live so far from the author's restaurant - and that I live in a country that abhors spicy food, so I am going to Thank you to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved, loved, loved this cookbook! Well structured chapters, drop-dead gorgeous photos, do-able recipes with some more complex dishes as well, and interspersed with wonderful stories and personal history of the author's family, which shaped his view of food and cooking. I am enormously sad that I live so far from the author's restaurant - and that I live in a country that abhors spicy food, so I am going to find it difficult to get the ingredients I need... but this book has me excited to start cooking!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madi

    Can we all take a moment to appreciate how ridiculously gorgeous this book is?! The cover of this book immediately grabbed my attention and it’s just as stunning on the inside. The food photography is so well done, everything looks appetizing. Plus, it’s honestly designed really well, too. The pages are super clean and consistent. The recipes themselves are very straightforward. And none of them seemed overly complicated, even the desserts. Which I greatly appreciated. As far as ingredients go, t Can we all take a moment to appreciate how ridiculously gorgeous this book is?! The cover of this book immediately grabbed my attention and it’s just as stunning on the inside. The food photography is so well done, everything looks appetizing. Plus, it’s honestly designed really well, too. The pages are super clean and consistent. The recipes themselves are very straightforward. And none of them seemed overly complicated, even the desserts. Which I greatly appreciated. As far as ingredients go, there are definitely some that are a bit difficult to find in my local tiny grocery store. But the majority of them were easy to grab. Definitely recommend this cook book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Reyes

    As a Texan, I agree with Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock that "Tex- Mex isn't authentic. The only thing authentic about Tex-Mex is that it isn’t authentic: It evolves and adapts." This cookbook is easy to follow with wonderful pictures are vibrant, colorful and you will make what to eat the food when you see them. I can wait to make the Mexican Sriracha, Ama spice mix, Grandma Alice's Chipotle chorizo, and Mom's Green enchiladas.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina Izguerra

    Ama is a great cookbook! The recipes are delicious (I made the flour tortillas, Carne Guisada, and borracho bean dip)! The photographs are beautiful, and the recipes are well written. I live in Chicago, so the ingredients are all easily found here in any market. My one misgiving is that I hate that the recipe title is vertical rather than horizontal. I would recommend this to my friends and family.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bookshelfhangover

    Um Hello! YUM! This book was mouth watering. I live in Texas, I love mexican food. This is my cookbook. Even though I have adopted the low carb lifestyle, every recipe in this delicious book will make a hit with the family and on cheat night. I love a book with pictures so I can visualize what it is I am about to consume. I can not wait to try out all of these recipes. I was given an ARC from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    This was the choice for cookbook club which, as a Texan, made me incredibly happy. That said, it was not quite Tex-Mex as I know it. Some of the recipes were familiar, yes, but it is a chef who grew up in San Antonio and now has a restaurant in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles aspect shows in many of the recipes. I still liked the stories, and the recipes that were made tasted delicious, but when it says it's a modern approach, it does mean it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Pretty photography and enticing recipes. Some of the most appealing recipes have ingredients that are out of reach for me, and a large proportion of the meat dishes unfortunately have chiles - which I hate the taste of, but understand is a key part of tex-mex. There IS a table of contents with page numbers for each recipe at the beginning of the book, which is the most important thing for a cookbook IMO. Flavor text usually details how the dish is served or its origins, which is nice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    A good Tex Mex cookbook with some delicious recipes. I wish more of the recipes had accompanying pictures as I am much more likely to try those that do. A great addition to my cookbook library. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an unbiased review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    roxi Net

    Being fairly familiar with Tex-Mex food, Ama kinda blew my mind. The book came across as a labor of love, an ode to family and to the passion of culture and food (all in my sweet spot!). The photos are beautiful, the book well laid-out and above all the recipes (though some a bit more time consuming than I'd prefer) are so different than my go-to dinners; exactly what I needed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Legit from beginning to end. More involved than some, but definitely seem worth the effort. I buy Cascabels every year for chili but never get through them all, so the cascabel pimento cheese which is then used for Chiles rellenos looks awesome. The Mexican salmorejo is going in my rotation too. Lots of good ones here!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Geever

    The recipes in this collection span the culinary spectrum from home cooking to special occasion show stoppers. The accompanying photos are Insta worthy. But a number of the spices and some of the other ingredients used on the regular will likely prove prohibitively difficult to acquire for many of middle America’s home cooks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    threecatsandagirl

    If you were a lover of chilies, spicy food, etc, then this is the book for you!! I don’t know how spicy everything is, but I do know that a lot of these recipes call for different varieties of chilies and a smattering of ingredients I don’t regularly keep in my pantry. This book wasn’t for me, but it wasn’t a bad recipe book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    In Amá, Centeno, owner of Bar Amá, a neighborhood restaurant in downtown Los Angeles shares a variety of dishes inspired by his Mexican roots. The food dishes range from home to upscale. Breakfast features twists such as Huevos rancheros, Migas, and Carne guisada. His family recipes which are also served in Bar Amá include Mama Grande’s Chicken Soup, Grandma Alice’s Chorizo and Queso Asadero; Amá’s Carrot and Potato Sofrito Enchiladas and Mom’s Green Enchiladas. There’s also the author’s Tex-mex In Amá, Centeno, owner of Bar Amá, a neighborhood restaurant in downtown Los Angeles shares a variety of dishes inspired by his Mexican roots. The food dishes range from home to upscale. Breakfast features twists such as Huevos rancheros, Migas, and Carne guisada. His family recipes which are also served in Bar Amá include Mama Grande’s Chicken Soup, Grandma Alice’s Chorizo and Queso Asadero; Amá’s Carrot and Potato Sofrito Enchiladas and Mom’s Green Enchiladas. There’s also the author’s Tex-mex version of Caesar salad and some street delicacies such as the Mexican street corn (sautéed with cotija, mushrooms’ and bacon). A chapter is devoted to savory bites you’ll find at Bar Amá such as Queso and Vegan Cashew Queso, Tortilla chips, Nachos, and Bar Amá’s guacamole. Cocktail highlights include the author’s version of Amá margarita, The Nacho, (so named after an adult film star named Nacho Vidal, who is a fan of Nachos), La Pina, and Snake’s Blood. Some extras include Mama Hallock’s Pecan Pie, Vanilla Bean semifreedo with dulce de leche (a version of vanilla ice cream made at Bar Amá; Tex-Leches Chocolate-coconut cake and Capirotada, a Mexican bread pudding served at Lent. Accompanied by enticing photos, this book is sure to inspire home cooks to give these recipes a try. Thank you to the authors, NetGalley, and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Santos

    Gorgeous cookbook with some great recipes. Made the carne guisada and was enchanted with the result. It occasionally asks for hard to find ingredients (especially where I live in Canada), but some little substitutions never hurt nobody. (Read a review copy on NetGalley.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    Written for experienced cooks, Chef Centeno's Amá presents an array of flavorful and exciting recipes with beautiful photography and straightforward instructions. Dishes are accompanied by charming stories of his family's history with the food.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Calandra

    Love this book and have enjoyed trying these recipes. My family absolutely adores them. We will be buying copies for family and friends as part of our Christmas gift.

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