June 27, 2017

Book Review: Queso

Queso: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip is a delightful cookbook written by Lisa Fain.

As the title indicates, this book focused on queso and a variety of corresponding cheese recipes. Also, it includes food history lessons, recipe tips, and brilliant full-color photographs.

This book is divided into the following six main sections: Chile Con Queso: The Early Years, Tex-Mex Classics, On the Border, Quirky Quesos, Queso in the Wild, and Accompaniments, which include Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Picked Jalapenos, Green Chile Salsa Verde, Tortilla Chips, and Puffy Tostadas. The recipes range from Chile Verde con Queso, El Paso Clili con Queso, West Texas Green Chile Queso Blanco, Bean Dip Queso, Southern New Mexico Chile con Queso, Queso Flameado with Mushrooms and Chipotle Chiles, San Antonio-Style Vegan Queso, Greek Queso, Frito Wedge Salad with Queso Dressing, Macaroni and Cheese with Green Chile Queso Blanco, Green Chile and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sundaes, etc.   

According to the Introduction, the author shared that "this book explores queso's many historical and geographical varieties.... As I drove across the Southwest discovering, researching, talking, and eating all things queso.... I've collected an array of recipes that celebrate queso in all its velvety, spicy, and special glory." 

Queso is geared towards all ages, from young adults to older generations, and it's ideal for those interested in various cheese-style recipes.

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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