My Mexico City cookbook — the project that sprung partially from this blog, and my food adventures and tours in the city — is now available for pre-order! You can find Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s. It’ll be released officially at the end of May/early June. I’m really proud of how it turned out. Mexico City’s food and culture and vistas jump off the page, due to Penny de los Santos’ excellent photography, the vision of the team at Kyle Books, and the super cool design from DF-based […]

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For the past six to eight months I’ve been working on finishing my Mexico City cookbook, which is finally complete. (More on that shortly.) But the biggest news of all is… I had a baby! Tomás was born two months ago. So far motherhood has been challenging, exhausting and, at the beginning, terrifying — who was I to take care of this little being? Lately I’ve started to chill out a bit and realize that none of us actually know what we’re doing. The key for me has been to keep trying. And to soak up all the joy that […]

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In New York, I can’t find fresh huitlacoche anywhere, and the canned stuff is pretty awful: musty and mushy, and too slick and black. A friend told me about Endotzi, a small company based in Mexico that recently started exporting to the U.S. So far you can only find it online in one place, Old Mexico Gourmet, but it’s worth ordering. The kernels — which you can actually distinguish one by one, unlike the messy black canned stuff — are plump and flavorful, and a purplish-blue color like they’re supposed to be. A few months ago I sautéed some with […]

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I admit I hadn’t really thought the whole thing through when I decided to make pozole with a whole pig’s head. Josefina had suggested that using a pig’s head was the most authentic way to make pozole, and other cookbooks, including Diana Kennedy’s, had agreed. I had already made pozole with pig’s feet and pork shoulder and it turned out well enough. What if the pig’s head tasted better? Didn’t I owe it to myself to at least try? So I took the subway and walked, in the rain and howling wind, about a half mile to the International Meat […]

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I am pained when I walk by a bakery in Mexico and can’t go inside. It’s like going to a shoe store for me — I want to look at every single piece and wonder if maybe it’s my type. I usually stick to conchas because I’m obsessed, but there are plenty others I like too: the campechanas topped with burnt sugar that remind me of the best, crispiest pie crust; the puerquitos that taste like piloncillo and molasses; the cocoles, lightly sweet and sprinkled with anise seeds, which taste just about perfect with a cup of coffee. Mexico’s history […]

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Lately, whenever people ask me, “How’s New York?” I answer, “Fine.” Then I realize that might sound negative, so I add, “Good! Fine. You know. Good.” What I really want to say is: I’m not sure if I like this place. Yesterday the temperature hit 51 degrees, it hit me that maybe it was just winter that I didn’t like. In the sunshine, with the slush finally melted and people milling about running errands, untethered by scarves and jackets, my neighborhood seemed like a real neighborhood again. People walked a little slower on the sidewalks. The open doorway at the […]

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One of the things I’m most proud of is starting Eat Mexico, my tourism company that gives walking tours of Mexico City’s street stands, markets and taquerías. Our five local guides — three in Mexico City and two in Puebla — conduct the tours, and my fantastic manager Rebekah carries the day-to-day. I’m in the background, helping develop routes and managing the books, and occasionally answering questions from clients. We recently had a photographer, Teddy Wolff, visit one of our Street Food tours, and his photos made me ache for the city and the food that I love so much. […]

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These migas caught my eye on the Homesick Texan blog a few days ago. Her recipe called for black-eyed peas, and it was already New Year’s Eve and I didn’t have any. (Does that make me a bad honorary Tejana?) I did have black beans, though. And a good friend from Austin who’d be joining me for breakfast on New Year’s Day, which meant we must have migas come hell or high water. I’m embarrassed to say I hadn’t made a big pan of migas from scratch before. With my friend Shaw’s guidance and the Homesick Texan recipe, it wasn’t […]

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I started this year a little heartbroken. Crayton and I had plunged ourselves into a new city. (An expensive one.) We made our home in a pre-war building in Queens, which had roaches in the kitchen and sputtering radiators that woke us up in the middle of the night. We learned to ignore our neighbors. We fell back in love with the American drugstore. We watched snow flutter on the lone pine tree across the street, and in the summer we stood on the stifling subway platforms and sweated through our shirts. We saw a free concert in Central Park, […]

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Truthfully, when I posted my new “Ask Carlos” series a few months ago, I thought I’d be the only one asking the questions. But I underestimated you guys. Turns out there are quite a few people interested in Mexican cheese — and I am really, really proud to be able to answer your questions. Here’s the first installment of Ask Carlos, in which Mexican Cheese expert Carlos Yescas answers two readers’ questions. Look for the next installment later this month. Dear Carlos: What Mexican cheese can I use to substitute Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese in lasagna? — Jorge P. Tocayo: […]

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