Cocina!, by Leland Atkinson, is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about Southwestern cooking. He provides clear photos and instructions on what to buy, where to get the right ingredients, and how to prepare them authentically. Following his guidance, don't be surprised if you prepare food as good as that in famous Southwestern spots like the Coyote Cafe and Red Sage, where Atkinson has worked. Recipes often have new twists while using familiar ingredients. A creative kind of guy, Atkinson shows how to decorate a plate with swirls and dots of sauce, just like the chefs do in restaurants.
Amazon Price: $39.39 (as of January 7, 2019 2:02 am -