In Street Foods of Mexico, award-winning chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's Authentic Mexican Cuisine, journeys across Mexico enjoying the foods of his homeland. Mexican street food represents the best of traditional cooking. The scent of these familiar dishes draws hungry diners to experience the unique richness of flavors that emerges in traditional cooking techniques. From the tacos and masa-based treats of the central highlands to the cocteles and ceviches of the coast, each region has its specialties, and each dish conveys both deeply satisfying taste and a delicious feeling of place. In his warm way, Hugo shares the stories behind the dishes and provides recipes and instructions to make them accessible to cooks everywhere. The color and flavor of Mexican street life comes alive in this generous collection of recipes for tacos, tlayudas, cocteles, bebidas, dulces, and much more. Join Hugo on his culinary journey, and your kitchen will become a vibrant, savory haven as you serve up the legendary foods of Mexico.
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Hugo Ortega was born in Mexico City. He graduated from Houston Community College's Culinary Arts program in November 1992 and assumed the role of chef at Backstreet Cafe; he became executive chef in 1995. He has made two guest-chef appearances at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. In 1999, he was named Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year, by My Table magazine; and a top chef by Inside Houston magazine. He is a member of the national organization Chefs Collaborative 2000. Hugo's was named Restaurant of the Year by both the Houston Press and My Table magazines. In 2011, Ortega was named Chef of the Year at the prestigious Houston Culinary Awards. Penny de los Santos is an award winning internationally published photographer. She began photographing as a way to understand her own diverse cultural background and identity. She is senior contributing photographer to Saveur magazine and a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine. In addition to photographing cookbooks, she has been on assignment to Martha Stewart Living, Time magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, Texas Monthly, and many other periodicals.
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