Revdiew of La Boca Loca – Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliott

Posted: July 5, 2021 in cookbook, Review
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Acclaimed Wellington restaurant La Boca Loca is one of New Zealand’s best Mexican taquerias. Owners Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliott have always had a clear goal of presenting the freshest flavours of Mexico using the finest, locally available ingredients, which is also the philosophy behind this cookbook.

La Boca Loca gathers together the most popular dishes from the restaurant into one colourful, tasty, revised collection. The book is an excellent guide to the essentials of a Mexican pantry and where to source ingredients here in New Zealand.

Learn the basics of Mexican cooking, ensuring confidence in handling chillies, preparing masa, pressing tortillas and making fresh and cooked salsas. Then enjoy cooking these easy-step recipes that form the heart of this collection.

This is the essential New Zealand cookbook for anyone interested in authentic and delicious Mexican food.

A Boca Loca

Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliott

Supplied by Potton & Burton

Reviewed by Maree Pavletich

The book of the restaurant in Wellington.

Proper Mexican food. Mole, tortillas, chillies quesadillas, tamales, enchiladas, superb hot chocolate; all the flavour of Mexico but not a sniff of chile con carne, nachos, fajitas or chimichangas. Those are Tex-Mex. Just like the Chicken Tikka Masala was a British invention.

Takes you through the basics and what to do with Mexican produce, all the way to a relaxed Mexican feast.

Well worth getting out the maracas!

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