I was pursuesing the new Minneapolis Downtown Public Library on Saturday and was struck with a great idea, that I probably nee some help with. Since there are SO many different types of food in the world from so many different countries that I DON'T know ANYthing about, I'm going to commit one or two months of my cooking to one country; learning the in's and out's, history of cooking etc.
I've picked Mexico as my first endevor, which I think will be fairly complecated since I dont' speak spanish well, and am not terribly familiar with local latino markets. But the point of this exercise is a challenge, and I'm up for it.
Does anyone have any cookbooks they recommend for Mexican Cooking. I really want authentic and borrowed Rick Bayless' "authentic Mexian" for a starting point. Our libraries cookbooks aren't TERRIBLY up to date, but I'm looking for numerous replies so that hopefully one of them will strike gold.
Also, and interesting Mexican cooking facts, recipes, stories, etc would be equally appreciated!