Mexico at Your Fin­ger­tips

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Art & Culture - By Cather­ine Pawelek

“The Mexico Book” by Ben Holden Crowther. This col­lec­tion of ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing pho­to­graphs of Mexico has an added bonus. The pic­tures in this book hav­ing been specif­i­cally li­censed so that they can be used by any­one roy­alty free. “Mexico from the In­side Out” En­rique Olvera, one of the most fa­mous and cel­e­brated Mex­i­can chefs work­ing to­day. Olvera’s res­tau­rant Pu­jol was ranked #1 in Mexico and #20 in the world at the World’s 50 Best Res­tau­rant Awards. This chef writ­ten cook­book is in English and cap­tures Mex­i­can style cui­sine, rooted in tra­di­tion but for­ward-think­ing in its mod­ern ap­proach. “Maya Ru­ins of Mexico” by David and Jen­nifer Raezer. This guide serves as an ideal re­source for trav­el­ers seek­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of this Maya cul­tural legacy through a com­pre­hen­sive ex­plo­ration of five an­cient cities. “Plants in the Mayan Cul­ture” by Svet­lana Alek­san­droff. 2000 photos of ex­otic plants, gourmet dishes and Mayan art and crafts. An il­lus­trated guide to the di­verse flora of the Mex­i­can Caribbean and Yu­catan Penin­sula with an in­tro­duc­tion into the world of tra­di­tional Mayan reme­dies, food and art. “The Cenotes of the Riviera Maya” by Steve Ger­rard. This must have cof­fee ta­ble book fea­tures hun­dreds of stun­ning pho­to­graphs it pro­vides de­tails of how and where to snorkel, dive and en­joy these beau­ti­ful wa­ter­ing holes. The sec­ond edi­tion is pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 1, 2015. “Mexico Sun­light & Shad­ows”. Short sto­ries and es­says by Mexico Writ­ers, com­piled by Michael Ho­gan and Lin­ton Robin­son. It is a literary col­lec­tion about life in Mexico, for both ex­pats, res­i­dents and lo­cals across Mexico. “A Pic­toral Guide to Com­mon Fish in the Mex­i­can Caribbean” by Fo­tografica Ma­rina Kukul­can and pho­tog­ra­pher Luis Gomez. Af­ter many dives into the un­der­wa­ter world, this small pic­to­rial sam­pling of the Mex­i­can Caribbean’s most com­mon fish was pub­lished and serves as a col­or­ful guide in iden­ti­fy­ing what that un­der-bite chal­lenged brown and white speck­led fish is. “En­dan­gered Mexico, An En­vi­ron­ment On The Edge” by Joel Si­mon. This work, pub­lished in 1998, pro­vides a read­able, in­ter­est­ing, and broad ap­praisal of Mex­i­can en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, rang­ing from monarch but­ter­flies to de­clin­ing wa­ter ta­bles, and their con­se­quences for the coun­try and still rings true 18 years later. “Map of Mexico (por los Car­reteras)” by Guia Roji 2015. A com­plete road at­las for Mexico. All of the above books can be found on Ama­zon. Happy trails, dis­cov­ery and read­ing!

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