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Northern Mexican Cooking with Karla Zazueta

Wednesday 1st May

Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
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Join us for a true taste of Mexico and let yourself be transported to the Baja peninsula, rolling corn tortillas in the sun, sipping on a refreshing michelada and cooled by the breeze coming in from the sea.

Delicious and authentic recipes from a Mexican home kitchen. Passed down through the generations of Karla Zazueta's family, she explores cooking techniques and ingredients brought in from lesser explored regions.

The Mexican cuisine that most people are familiar with is from the centre or the south of the country, but in Nortena, Karla Zazueta shares the dishes and ways of cooking that she grew up with. Nortena - meaning 'northerner' - tells the tale of the northern states of Mexico - of the coastlines and fresh seafood, the cattle ranches, sun-ripened fruit and vegetables and the family gatherings around the table.

The recipes in the book include the world-famous Baja fish tacos, 'piggy' pinto beans, vegan chorizo, crab tostadas, sopes (corn patties) piled with fresh vegetables and served in a tomato broth and empanadas californianas (shredded beef empanadas), all accompanied by mouth-watering spicy salsas, fresh queso and zingy salads. There are recipes para la sed (for the thirst) including horchata, sangria and - of course - the best margaritas. The book ends on something sweet, with recipes such as Auntie's flan and camotes (sweet potato poached until tender in a sweet, spiced syrup). The recipes are accompanied by longer texts that describe the different cultural events and influences that play such a huge part in the cuisine, such as the carne asada, which originated in the state of Sonora, or the tamales estilo Sinaloa, wrapped with special care at Christmas time.

Karla's understanding of flavour shines through in her recipes and she suggests substitutes throughout so you can recreate the authentic taste using ingredients from the local market or supermarket. In addition, many of the meat and fish dishes are given a vegetarian alternative so that you can adapt the recipes for everyone to enjoy.

By sharing, Karla shares her family recipes, taking influence from her travels and tastes, Karla makes sure that each dish is packed with flavour but also cooked with love.

Karla Zazueta grew up in Baja California, in the north of Mexico. When she moved to the UK twenty years ago, she brought with her all her family's recipes and ways of cooking that had been passed down through the generations. She decided to make a career from her passion for cooking and started her blog, Mexican Food, where she writes about food and Mexican tradition. She runs cookery classes from her home, as well as hosting regular sold-out supper clubs at home and in venues across London. Her writing has been featured in Guardian, Observer Food Monthly and BBC Good Food, and she has been a guest on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet with Jay Rayner. @mexicanfoodmemories

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