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Eat Smart in Mexico
How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure
Second Edition

Joan Peterson and David Peterson
Illustrated by S.V. Medaris
Publication date June 2008
LC: 98-092695 TX
160 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9641168-4-9
Paper $12.95 t

Press Release:

Eat Smart in Mexico is a celebration of Mexican cuisine and one of nine titles in the authoritative Eat Smart series. It contains a rich historical perspective on the origins and varieties of Mexican food and extensive background on delectable regional dishes. Spanish phrases are included to make the culinary adventure even more successful.

At the core of the book are two extensive guides to Spanish terms with English translations. The "Menu Guide" demystifies food selection, allowing visitors to order with confidence in restaurants; the "Foods & Flavors Guide" is a comprehensive list of foods, spices, cooking utensils, and cooking styles to make shopping in the colorful outdoor markets easy and fun.

For the adventuresome traveler, this book is a richly annotated road map that will steer you to the right markets and teach you where to find authentic Mexican food. It offers what is most important about Mexican food and culture wrapped in a nutshell.


Anyone sensible enough to buy a copy [of Eat Smart in Mexico] before taking off for Mexico will be able to eat really well and even more importantly, to understand what they are eating. — Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz, author, The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking


With the fourth title in their Eat Smart series, the Petersons have assembled a guide to the food of Mexico for travelers. Their book is organized into eight sections. At its heart is an extensive menu guide and a food and flavors guide,…the authors include an informative and extensive history of the cuisine; a second on regional foods; a very brief chapter on shopping in Mexican food markets…and a handy guide to helpful phrases. Highly recommended for all public libraries.— Library Journal

Author's Bio:

Joan Peterson and David Peterson are experienced worldwide travelers. In the last several decades they have led tours to the Pacific Rim, the Caribbean, Europe, and Australia. They have also explored extensively on their own, concentrating on the cuisines of the countries they visit. Joan relives their adventures by recreating many of the special dishes they have enjoyed on their travels and shares her adventures with others through the culinary tours she leads.

Additional information

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Cover image:

Cover of Eat Smart in Mexico is green, red and black with a picture of food and a chef.

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Author Photo:

Photo of author Joan Peterson

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