LA BOCA LOCA MEX­I­CAN COOKING FOR NEW ZEALAN­DERS

LUCAS PUTNAM AND MARIANNE ELLIOTT, POTTON & BURTON, H/B, $49.99

Cuisine - - REVIEWS -

The beauty of this book is that it breaks down Mex­i­can cuisine to be achiev­able in any home. The book pro­vides earthy recipes, guides to tra­di­tional Mex­i­can in­gre­di­ents and the fun­da­men­tals of this colour­ful cuisine. It re­veals the se­cret to host­ing a Mex­i­can fi­esta – gin­ger spice mar­gar­i­tas, stuffed jalapeños and clas­sic tamales are just some ideas to name. I have had the pleasure of eat­ing in the epony­mous res­tau­rant in Mi­ra­mar, Welling­ton and the at­mos­phere is just as lively as the cook­book. The street-style corn is a high­light recipe, taking hum­ble corn to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent level. It’s creamy, spicy, smoky and down­right de­li­cious – ev­ery­thing Mex­i­can food should be! Stock your pantry with es­sen­tial tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents (ev­ery­thing is avail­able from their web­site labocaloca.co.nz) then craft a cel­e­bra­tion per­fect for a spicy start to the new year. SOPHIE JAMES

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