'Frutas y Verduras' means, in English, simply: 'Fruits and Vegetables' and this is guide is all about helping you discover ingredients all around Mexico. From ‘Aguacate to Zapote Negro’, with this handy guide you'll have a wealth of information to refer to when you shop the mercados or encounter street-side vendors.
From the fruits of the many cacti that thrive in arid climates, to the tropical rainforest fruits, Frutas y Verduras presents you with a range of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs that define the flavors of each region. Many are not commonly found outside of Mexico, and the experience of tasting foods so unique and authentic is priceless.
Colorful slide shows make it easy to identify what's what. Once you know what you're looking at, refer to the guide's many features...
• When it's ripe.
• What it tastes like.
• How to pronounce it (audio)
• How to prepare it – with prep notes, and simple recipes
• Which nutrients it's valuable for, and any cautions for those with health issues.
...and much more!
Stroll Mexico's market stalls with confidence, with English-language knowledge at your fingertips. Using its visual table of contents, you can identify those un-labelled fruits or vegetables. Audio pronunciation for each food helps you ask for it by name. Use this enhanced interactive eBook to help you to choose, prepare and enjoy the freshest of Mexico’s flavors!
Customer ReviewsSee All
Unique and useful guide to the treats of Mexico
As a chef that loves the culture, food and tradition of Mexico I found this book to be a great guide to the common and not so common treasures of Mexican markets.
The produce of Mexico is truly unique, and often overwhelming to understand. For a traveler or ex-pat, it can be intimidating and confusing to see 20 varieties of bananas, apples, squash, etc. at the market and have no clue what the difference is. For a chef or inspired cook, those same markets can overwhelm your curiosity. This book is the solution for both. I especially enjoyed the seasonal info which will help to find the best that the market has when you visit.
Good photos, more info than you expected and all easy to navigate and read. Great pocket guide on the iPhone, but looks better on a bigger screen, so do your research at home and tag the ingredients you want to hunt down at the market.
Wish I'd had this on my first trip to Mexico...
...but you can bet I'll have it with me on my next! Ms. Hefner focuses on fruits and vegetables that are not so commonly seen outside her adopted country. Her writing is straightforward, commonsensical, and lucid. Her photos show all the right details, and her visual overviews by category -- say, all the fruits, or all the herbs -- are especially useful in making identifications, and in distinguishing between close botanical relatives. Highly recommended.
Frutas y Verduras
Margaret Hefner's Frutas y Verduras: A Fresh Food Lover's Guide to Mexico is a visually beautiful book, full of useful information. As an expat who has lived in Costa Rica for more than 8 years, many of the fruits and vegetables in Mexico were familiar to me, however just as many were new and even strange. This lovely book is full of photos and practical information to help you identify, purchase, store, and prepare the full range of fruit, veggies, chilis, cacti, and herbs available in Mexico. I downloaded it on my iPad and it works really well. I can take it with me to the markets, tianguis, and grocery stores to help me as I shop. This book is an invaluable resource and I highly recommend it!