Mexican cuisine is a true melting pot of flavors, colors, and cultures.
From the rich mole sauces of Oaxaca to the tangy ceviche of the coastal regions, it’s a culinary journey that will take your taste buds on a wild ride.
If you’re looking to explore the world of Mexican cooking, we’ve curated a wide range of cookbooks that offer detailed recipes, techniques, and insights into the traditional dishes and ingredients of this beloved cuisine.
Authored by renowned chefs, food journalists, and culinary experts who have spent years researching and exploring the country’s food, these cookbooks provide an in-depth look at Mexico’s traditional cooking methods, ingredients, and recipes, and are considered classic and authoritative works on the subject.
They are filled with delicious recipes, beautiful photography, and fascinating insights into Mexico’s history, culture, and traditions, making them great resources for those interested in learning more about Mexican cuisine and expanding their culinary skills. They are a perfect combination of traditional knowledge and modern interpretation.
If you’re ready to take your taste buds on a journey through the diverse flavors of Mexico, grab one of these cookbooks and start exploring the rich and delicious world of Mexican cuisine.
Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
by Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral
Bricia Lopez’s family owns and manages the Guelaguetza Restaurante in Los Angeles and for those in the know, it’s THE place to check out Oaxacan food outside of Mexico.
This cookbook is a map to the journey of the Lopez family as well as an incredible tour of Oaxaca’s food. You can’t go wrong with it.
The Art of Mexican Cooking: Traditional Mexican Cooking for Aficionados
by Diana Kennedy
This is an extraordinary perspective on Mexican cooking and DIana has been incredibly thorough in capturing the spirit of the recipes of a huge nation with an amazing food culture.
If you’re already versed in Mexican cooking techniques and you want to step up your game to impress your friends and family, this is the cookbook for you.
Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.
by Danny Trejo
Yes! It’s that Danny Trejo, the famous bad guy in movies and TV shows across the spectrum of Hollywood’s offerings and this is his cookbook.
It’s a mixture of exciting recipes and Danny’s life story which explains how this former convict reformed and became one of America’s best known and appreciated actors.
Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy
by Diana Kennedy
Yes, this is Diana again, but this time on a smaller scale, exploring the food of just a single region – Oaxaca. She visited nearly every village in the state to develop an authentic love for the food.
This is more than just a cookbook and we learned so much about traditional food culture and the ingredients that we couldn’t wait to pick it up and find a new recipe each time we were hungry!
The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker
If there’s one thing we love as much as our Instant Pot, we can’t think of it now, and that’s all you need to create amazing Mexican food with Vianny Rodriguez’s help.
Everything turns into tender, juicy splendor with enough time in the pot and you’ve never had a chile con carne as good as this one before, we promise.
by Rick Bayless
and Deann Groen Bayless
Rick Bayless is such a good cook that he’s been given Mexico’s Aztec Eagle in recognition of his services to the nation’s foods.
He runs a ton of Mexican restaurants and his passion for the food and his eye for detail is second to none. His work has also won six James Beard awards! Don’t miss out.
The Mexican Home Kitchen by Mely Martinez
You can’t beat your mom’s cooking but if you want to come close, you need somebody else’s mom’s cooking and that’s what you find in this wonderful Mexican cookbook.
It’s packed with the kind of dishes that fill the tables at meal times in real Mexican homes and they are cozy and delicious in the same breath. Wonderful stuff.
Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook
by Enrique Olvera
Enrique Olvera is another successful restauranter with a passion for Mexican food. This is one of the most beautifully photographed cookbooks we’ve ever seen.
If you want step-by-step, illustrated instructions that you can’t go wrong with this is a great choice!
Chicano Eats: Recipes from My Mexican-American Kitchen
by Esteban Castillo
You can’t beat a bit of the Chicano Eats blog if you want bite-sized portions of Mexican food (you see what we did there?) But if you want the full menu? You need this book.
Esteban Castillo brings the greatest hits of his blog to life in a debut cookbook that demands your attention. This is modern Mexican cuisine at its most creative. We loved it.
by Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
If you want to create vibrant, exciting Mexican food that transforms everything you know about traditional Mexican food? That’s what Nopalito is for.
The hundred recipes within its pages are absolutely amazing but definitely for the more experienced Mexican cook.
These amazing Mexican cookbooks bring out everything that we love in the nation’s cookery and cuisine and we’re positive that you will find something to love in them too.
And don’t miss our picks for the greatest cookbooks of all time here.