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The Flavors/Sabores of San Miguel: The Garden Club’s bilingual cookbook!

By Jane Sallis

If you say “tomato,” and I say “tomahto,” don’t call the whole thing off. Instead, get a copy of the San Miguel Garden Club’s new bilingual cookbook, The Flavors of San Miguel. With side-by-side translations in Spanish and English, you’ll always be on the same page with your kitchen mate!

Just in time for those holiday guests, this 240-page cookbook—five years in the making, featuring over 200 recipes—promises to spice up your vocabulary, and your dinner offerings as well.

If your last dinner guest asked “Was that a soufflé or a pancake?” this is the guide you need. With nine sections, the cookbook’s Introduction addresses features like high-altitude cooking, to boost your status as the Julia Child—or Diana Kennedy—of your Mah-Jongg group (you do serve your ladies lunch, yes?). The introduction also contains conversion charts, a bilingual list of ingredients, and a list of useful kitchen vocabulary in Spanish and English.

But we’re sure when your guests say “Delicioso!” after these recipes, you won’t need a translation.

Other sections in the cookbook cover appetizers, drinks, brunch dishes, hot and cold soups, and salads. The main-dish section, with recipes for salsas, beef, pork, chicken, and fish, also includes lists that match US cuts of meat with their Mexican equivalent, which you will find invaluable! The final two sections of the cookbook cover side dishes and desserts.

The cookbook is published by The San Miguel Garden Club, which wanted to share the magic of our very special town with those who live here and visit here–a kind of magic that so easily translates into good times and great parties! Profits from the sales of this cookbook go towards beautifying the city of San Miguel.

The suggested retail price of the book is 250 pesos. And here’s where you can buy these wonderful cookbooks: La Cava, Casa Katalina, La Conexión (Aldama, Longhorn and Plaza Real del Conde branches), Cafe Monet, Xochi Flores, San Miguel Management Company, and Solutions (Recreo and Mesones branches). They are also available at the El Charco del Ingenio bookstore at the Botanical Garden, and at Librería La Deriva, the Fábrica La Aurora bookstore.

Or you can call 152-5716 to have yours delivered. Note: Be sure to speak your name and phone number clearly if you need to leave a message.

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