Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's Authentic Mexican Cuisine journeys across Mexico enjoying the foods of his homeland. Unaltered by globalisation and fast-food short-cuts, Mexican street food represents the best of traditional cooking. The scent of these familiar dishes moves from colourful carts out onto the street, drawing hungry diners in to experience the unique richness of flavours 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 colour and flavour 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, savoury haven as you serve up the legendary foods of Mexico.
Hugo Ortega was born in Mexico City, the oldest of eight children. At 15, he began working at a factory to help support his family. In 1984, he immigrated to Houston, determined to make a new life for himself.
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