The Wild Detectives will soon
The Enchilada Queen Cookbook
by Sylvia Casares
St. Martin’s Griffin (2016)
The Wild Detectives will soon be in the presence of royalty as Sylvia Casares, anointed both the Enchilada Queen and the Queen of Tex-Mex Cuisine, will be stopping by for a visit at the shop. She will be giving a sneak preview of her newest cook book The Enchilada Queen Cookbook with tastings of her highly acclaimed recipes. Come be enlightened by Casares as she divulges her culinary secrets of Tex-Mex cooking and grant yourself the opportunity to enjoy some phenomenal cuisine tasting some of her recipes on the spot.
The Enchilada Queen Cookbook by Sylvia Casares features 80 recipes for enchiladas, fajitas and classic side dishes based on the ones that madres and abuelas have passed down from one generation to the next in the border towns along the Rio Grande. The cookbook merited a coveted “Starred” review in a recent Publishers Weekly, the publishing industry’s main trade journal.
Casares, anointed The Enchilada Queen by the Houston media, owns Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen (three Houston locations) which was named among the “Top 10 Great Mexican Restaurants” in the USA by USA Today. Founder and chef Sylvia Casares also was called The Queen of Tex-Mex Cuisine when she competed on the Beat Bobby Flay show last year.
Readers of her new cookbook will learn how to make her Holy Trinity spice paste, and simple, as well as flavor-enhancing tricks like using chicken bouillon, in some dishes. Sylvia also shares her tortilla-changing Texas Two-Step marinating technique, to flavor and soften corn tortillas. With recipes for 14 key sauces, home cooks can make unbelievably delicious Tex-Mex dishes for either a family or a crowd.
With additional recipes for appetizers, sides, breakfasts and desserts and a helpful list of resources for finding ingredients like Mexican spices and dried chiles if they’re not readily available, The Enchilada Queen Cookbook is the perfect guide to cooking your way along the Rio Grande.
Sylvia Casares is the “Sylvia” in Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen. A former food scientist, she opened her first restaurant in Houston twenty years ago. When Texas magazine anointed Casares The Queen of Tex-Mex Cuisine, she was positioned as the cuisine’s official spokesperson.
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314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas