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Best Gifts ~ Mexican Cooking Books and Utensils ~ Great Home Cooked Food

Updated on March 14, 2016

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Cooking Books

For people who enjoy making home cooked meals who wouldn't enjoy a new cookbook? Mexican cooking books just might fill in a gap on their cookbook shelf and if one wishes to try their hand at learning how to accomplish making gourmet Mexican food, easy Mexican food or typical Mexican food it can all be gleaned from the pages of a good cookbook.

In the part of the world where we live...that being south Texas...there are many Mexican restaurants.

Sometimes it is nice to be able to stay at home and enjoy similar Mexican dishes and it is not that difficult to learn how to make them.

Take a look at some of the things that are available for purchase.

There is a wide variety of Mexican cookbooks, Mexican cookware and things to make your cooking Mexican food easier and even fun to accomplish.


Nopal is cactus cut and stir fried in cooking.  Great with eggs!
Nopal is cactus cut and stir fried in cooking. Great with eggs! | Source

Making Tostadas

Authentic Mexican Salsa Taquera recipe

Pictures of Mexican food as seen in Mexico!

Spending some years near Mexico...

My teen years were spent growing up in McAllen, Texas which is located in the Rio Grande Valley just north of Reynosa, Mexico.

Back in those days...the 1960s...McAllen was not that large of a town. It has grown substantially since that time!

Most of the adults as well as teens going on dates crossed the border into Mexico for entertainment.

In Reynosa it was another world!

There was a fancy club called Trevino's that had a man-made waterfall in the back and a little dance floor. The drinks were good and anyone old enough to pay money got served.

No ID checks. Personal responsibility was up to the individual.

Other places offered enticements to visit their establishments like great food and décor and also shopping opportunities.

We certainly took advantage of it all over the years!

The Mexican food was delicious and nothing much competed on our side of the border back then to keep us on the U.S. side of the border when going out for an evening of dining, dancing and fun. I am glad to have those memories.

In this year of 2013 the drug wars and violence are undoubtedly dissuading many Americans from enjoying those gorgeous places and tasting those delectable Mexican dishes in that environment, sad to say. Hopefully things will change for the better soon.

Crossing the border is no longer a concern since my husband and I live far north of it now in Houston, Texas.

However, we still continue to love our Mexican food be it eaten in one of the many local restaurants...some of them very near our home ...or alternately, prepared at home in our very own kitchen.

My husband and I have several cookbooks which help us with our home preparations of Mexican food. Yum!

Location of Reynosa, Mexico and proximity to McAllen, Texas

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Rick Bayless: Building Blocks of the Mexican Kitchen

Chef Rick Bayless Grills Carne Asada Brava...

(Mexican music) El Jarabe Tapatio - The Mexican Hat Dance

Mexican Everyday
Mexican Everyday

Love watching his cooking show on TV! His recipes sound so good!


Mexican cookware

Obviously having some of the right cookware on hand is a great help when preparing Mexican food.

There is much in the way of Mexican fast food offered at local quick dining eateries. Things like tacos, tostadas, burritos and other things abound.

People that associate just this type of food as being Mexican have no idea just how delicious Mexican cuisine can be.

Not that I am a Mexican culinary expert, but just living as close to the border as I have for many years and then experiencing "Tex-Mex" food ( a combination of Texas and Mexican food unique to this area ) as well as Mexican food from other parts of the country...there is a wide variety of flavors and twists as to how these Mexican food recipes are prepared.

Cooking shows on television with hosts like Chef Bayless nicely teach us how to prepare simple and savory Mexican dishes typical to that country.

Fresh ingredients are acquired from local markets and Mexican food prepared in Mexico can be far different from what most Mexican food franchise owners on this side of the border typically serve to their patrons.

Watching these TV cooking shows puts an entirely different spin on what many people perceive as being authentic Mexican food. It is quite educational!

Rick Bayless and other chefs on television have at their disposal the right cookware with which to prepare their Mexican food recipes. Do you have the correct cookware?


Tomatillos are often used in Mexican cooking.
Tomatillos are often used in Mexican cooking. | Source

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Shadiah's Mexican Urban Cooking

Mexican Utensils

After watching a couple of Rick Bayless' videos are you ready to start preparing some delicious Mexican cooking recipes while dining at home?

If you do not already have a Mexican cookbook and a few of these helpful pieces of cookware and/or utensils, why not start that process now?

You can learn to cook with cooking tips from some of the world's most accomplished Mexican chefs and enjoy healthy cooking right in the comfort of your own home.

Do you know others that might like to receive some of these Mexican food products as gifts?

Most people that are home cooks like to experiment with different types of cuisine.

Mexican food ingredients are easy to find in most grocery stores in many parts of the country...and for certain in our part of finding ingredients to complete your Mexican inspired meals is not that difficult.

Ole! Start your Mexican cooking today!!!

How to Make Mexican Rice

If you are searching for what could possibly become your recipient's best gift of the season, especially if he or she likes to make and serve home cooked meals, consider purchasing Mexican cooking books, cookware and utensils that will make their life easier. And then ask to be treated to one of their Mexican inspired breakfasts, lunches or dinners.

Buena consumición! (For those of you needing a translation...Good eating!)

One of the many songs I heard when spending time in Reynosa, Mexico years ago and one that I really like.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      So glad you enjoyed this. I have used tomatillos in a fresh salsa. Just put them in a search engine for recipes and you will probably find thousands of them. We like Mexican food also. Thank you for the votes and shares. Sending wishes of angels back to you. :)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Now I am starving. I love love Mexican cuisine. there are a few good places not far from here where we can get some (actually folks there who are Mexican and can prepare authentic dishes).

      At our flea markets we have many offerings of Mexican foods like tomatillos which I have not purchased as do not know how to use them. I will have to research as well as review your hub.

      I learned so much

      Voted up++++ shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Angels are on the way once again this afternoon ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Always Optimist,

      I can appreciate that Mexican food is not as popular in your part of the world as it is over here. I guess proximity to the country has something to do with it plus the large Hispanic community of people who live in the U.S. making that type of food so popular. We have come to really like eating it and making some of the dishes. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Always Optimist 4 years ago from India

      MS Peggy W, Mexican food is not very popular here and thus not many Mexican eating joints here. I liked the picture of red chilies on top as I like to eat red chilies in my food. Interesting reading . Voting it up and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Back in the 1970s when my husband was transferred from Houston to central Wisconsin, we purchased a tortilla press. Never did figure out how to successfully use it. They always came out too thick. Ha! My parents once had the right kind of cactus growing at one of their homes and we learned to use the nopales like you do...similar to green peppers. They were good chopped up along with onions and sauteed and added to scrambled eggs. Haven't thought about that in years! Thanks for the memory. Good luck on learning how to cook good Mexican food. It is nice to have a neighbor be able to give you a hands on lesson. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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