Quesadillas. Tamales. Barbaco de Cordero. Any of these words will bring a smile to my face. I love Mexican food and finding a good, high quality Mexican restaurant is always a result that makes me feel at home when settling into a new country. So you can imagine my happiness at coming across the Real Mexican Food cookbook by Felipe Fuentes Cruz and Ben Fordham of Benito’s Hat Mexican Kitchen.

Mexico is known for its food. A combination of textures, tastes and smells of traditional Mexican ingredients is an assault on the senses and one city where the kitchens are well known for their recipes is Oaxaca.

You can’t beat fresh made tortillas.

Located about 483 kilometres south of Mexico City, Oaxaca is the capital of the state known by the same name. Founded in 1529, the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its Historic Center and archaeological site, Monte Alban.

You’ll find tortillas made with four kinds of corn in Oaxaca and you’ll find a tortilla recipe in Real Mexican Food. Amongst the vibrant coloured pages and inviting photos are recipes broken down into: snacks and starters, soups and salads, main dishes, side dishes, salsas, desserts, and drinks. There is also a section on the Mexican pantry and a suppliers and stockists list.

I haven’t tried all the recipes in the cookbook yet but it is already a well thumbed-through addition to my kitchen.

What You Need to Know

Title: Real Mexican Food

Written By: Felipe Fuentes Cruz & Ben Fordham

Photographed By: Peter Cassidy

ISBN: 978-1-84975-258-9

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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