From our friends at Phaidon:
Mexico: The Cookbook is the definitive bible of home-cooking from Mexico. With a culinary history dating back 9,000 years, Mexican food draws influences from Aztec and Mayan Indians and is renowned for its use of fresh aromatic ingredients, colorful presentations and bold food combinations.
Born in Mexico, Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated more than 25 years to researching, studying, teaching and cooking Mexican cuisine. From 1996 to 2006, she was the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture’s chef and organized Mexican food festivals and gala dinners across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2010, she led a campaign to get Mexican cuisine recognized as a UNESCO cultural property. In addition to teaching Mexican Cuisine at Cucul Cultura Culinaria A.C. and the National University of Mexico, Carillo Arronte is also the leader of the Slow Food movement in Baja and runs the restaurants, Don Emiliano (San Jose del Cabo) and Casa Mexico (Mexico City). She lives in Mexico City.