more than twenty-five years ago, when diana kennedy published the cuisines of mexico, knowledge and appreciation of authentic mexican cooking were in their infancy. but change was in the air. home cooks were turning to julia child for an introduction to french cuisine and to marcella hazan for the tastes of italy. through diana kennedy they discovered a delicious and highly developed culinary tradition they barely knew existed. the cuisines of mexico, mexican regional cooking, and the tortilla book became best-sellers, and diana kennedy was recognized as the authority on mexican food.
now a new generation has discovered that mexican food is more than chimichangas, that they can find fresh hierbas de olor (pot herbs, including marjoram and mexican bayleaf) and chilacas in their markets. the book that will become indispensable in their kitchens is the essential cuisines of mexico.