Magazine Review: Saveur's "Mexican Issue"

Just got my paws on a copy of “The Mexico Issue” from Saveur Magazine. Amazing! The focus on regional variations of authentic down-home cooking impressed me from the start, and the recipes look great. I particularly want to try this one for squash blossom soup. The photographs are gorgeous, and the editors possess a heartening attention to detail: the magazine doesn’t just skim the surface with recipes from New York chefs or peppy odes to, say, adding chipotle to your chicken sandwich; instead they get down to the real nitty-gritty and offer recipes for pollo en escabeche oriental, classic guisado de pollo, and a hundred other dishes that would have Steve salivating. (Speaking of Steve, the issue includes a great story on Diana Kennedy.) I was also pleased to note that a significant chunk of the recipes and articles were written by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans; it was neat to read so many memories of returning home to the Mexican hearth. This magazine is a goldmine. Highly recommended.

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  1. Jaimetown says:

    What a great issue, and the Diana Kennedy article and the accompanying Q&A gives a really nice insight into this truly unique and legendary figure. By the way, I find it interesting that I have often contemplated the same Thoreau passage when I’ve envisioned my own (hopefully) imminent move down south. I assume it’s the same for most of us who love and appreciate the Mexican culture.
    Anyway, I’ve been perusing the recipes for the last couple of hours. I can’t wait to get home to try a couple of them. Most notably, the chiles en nogada. I had this in PV a few years back when I happened to be there for Día de la Independencia. I haven’t seen it offered anywhere in the states, so I figure I’ll just make it myself … or at least attempt to.
    As for the Caldo Xóchitl, here in my current home city of Denver, CO, there is a restaurant called La Cueva that serves a wonderful bowl of this delicious soup. The owners are originally from Guanajuato and they serve some truly authentic Mexican dishes.
    For the record, I purchased my first copy of PG back in 1995 and have been a frequent visitor to the website for years. I think I’ve read just about every post and have learned a tremendous amount from the wealth of information you all have so graciously shared. Definitely appreciate all the work that you all have done with the website and look forward to every update. Keep up the great work!

  2. Churpa says:

    Thanks for reading and for writing! It really is encouraging (and interesting!) to hear from readers. Do you happen to remember the restaurant you ate at in PV? (I realize that is a tall order–after I formulated that question, I realized that I can’t think of the name of a single establishment where I’ve eaten in PV, though I’ve been a return customer at a number of places.)
    I agree that the recipes look really promising. This issue is getting shelved with my cookbooks.
    Also…Any regions picked out as potential home in Mexico?

  3. Jaimetown says:

    Wow, I wish I could tell you, but unfortunately, I couldn’t name any of the places I’ve eaten in PV over the years if my life depended on it 🙂 I’m actually heading back down at the end of September and I plan to do a much better job of documenting all the places I visit.

    I had originally planned on getting a little place on the beach somewhere in the Yucatan. I was looking at a few places around Chelem and Chuburna, but I have friends in Guadalajara and now am leaning toward the Pacific coast … perhaps something down south of PV towards Melaque. I’m not too familiar with the area, so it looks like I’ll have to spend some time researching it a bit. Sounds like a few more trips to the beach!