I received a complimentary copy of a new cookbook done by a vibrant and charming woman Chef I met through Facebook. It is filled with simple recipes to feed your family and friends.
Marcela Valadolid grew up in Mexico. She lived in California for most of her life and she learned how to cook in Paris. Knowing this, you will not be surprised to hear that her recipes are Mexican at heart but have been influenced by other cultures. One example is her Baked Cod with Anchovies and Lime.
Marcela’s recipes are refreshing. Her book is filled with lots of easy to make recipes to serve at casual dinner parties. I loved to serve a Chilled Avocado soup because you can do it in advance. She makes one topped with a grilled scallop. You can serve it in a soup bowl, or be bolder and serve them in shooter glass. Cut the scallops in four if you go for the shooter glass option.
I cannot wait to try her Tilapia Ceviche. I love ceviche. Since we are in the middle of the corn season, give a twist to your grilled corns on the cob with Jalapeno Butter. Low in fat, her White Bean and Grilled Octopus salad should be a hit. Marcela indicates in her cookbook, which recipes are low in fat and which ones take less than 30 minutes.
Fresh Mexico contains 100 recipes and 50 photos. I think it would be a nice addition to your cookbook library.