Diana Kennedy is to Mexican what Julia Child is to French; in fact, she's even been nicknamed the "Julia Child of Mexican cuisine." Her 2009 book, The Essential Cuisines of Mexico ($23), which combines three of her previous bestsellers with more than 300 recipes from various regions in Mexico, doesn't shy away from true Mexican ingredients like cactus, lard, or beef tripe.
Mexican: The Essential Cuisines of Mexico
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